Why is Nettle and Rosemary Solid Shampoo different to other solid shampoos?
Forget all about other ‘shampoo bars’ which are made up of compacted SLS needles and work very much like a bottle of shampoo because they contain the same ingredients just in a dry form. SLS dehydrates and strips the hair and scalp of its normal moisture barrier making it feel ‘squeaky clean’ but, ultimately, destroying the skin and hairs natural defences against moisture and friendly bacteria.
My shampoo bars are made very differently and behave very differently. And here’s why..
I use gorgeous oils like coconut, almond, olive, castor, argan and borage oils in this shampoo bar.
I have added rosemary and peppermint essential oils plus some aloe vera too. The shampoo bars take around 4-6 weeks to cure and allow the saponification process to take place. That’s it, no artificial chemicals, no artificial foaming agents, no colours, no softening additives. The green colour comes from the nettles being infused for around a month in extra virgin olive oil so that you get the maximum benefit from both the nettles and the olive oil. Also the avocado oil is raw and unprocessed so it retains all its nutrients and it’s gorgeous green colour.
What’s in Nettle and Rosemary Solid Shampoo?
Wonderful oils like avocado, coconut and extra virgin olive form the base of the shampoo. Then I’ve added castor oil to stimulate hair growth and to ensure the shampoo foams effectively and rinses out well.
Argan oil is in there because it’s great for boosting the hairs natural keratin (the thing that keeps it strong)
Borage oil is great for any inflammatory hair conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Nettles are brilliant for preventing hair loss and effective against dandruff and other flaky scalp conditions.
Rosemary and peppermint essential oils help to stimulate the scalp and make it feel great!
There’s also a decent amount of Aloe Vera Gel.
What’s so special about Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is great for the skin and the hair. Aloe Vera has naturally anti-inflammatory properties. It’s cooling and soothing and can help with irritated skin. Aloe Vera can penetrate the skin four times quicker than water so it reaches the epidermis of the skin quicker to moisturise and deliver nutrients. Aloe vera also contains enzymes which repair skin cells on the scalp. It’s also a great conditioner which leaves your hair smooth and shiny. It can promote hair growth and, along with the nettles in this shampoo can diminish itching which, in turn, reduces dandruff and flaky scalp conditions.
How does Nettle and Rosemary Solid Shampoo work?
When you use my shampoo bars for the first time they will feel very different in your hair to other ones because they are natural. They still foam but you need to rub the bar into your scalp to get a layer of it on your hair, then wet it a bit (best done in the shower) then get the foam going and work it through the rest of your hair.
When you come to rinse it out it might feel weird and squonky (new word I made up on the spot). If it does feel a bit weird like this just use a tiny bit more shampoo and give it another rinse. You may need to do that for the first few uses until your hair gets used to it and you get used to how it feels in your hair. Your hair might take a week or so to adjust to the new product it’s being treated to. Mine was the same. In fact, I’ll be honest, when I made these before 5 years ago I thought they weren’t suitable for my hair type so I gave up after the first time. How wrong I was! Perseverance is key here!
You might need to use a light conditioner afterwards just on the ends of your hair if it’s long or if you usually use conditioner. (And it just so happens that I now make a gorgeous solid conditioner that is just the job)! Your hair should be easier to brush and will feel soft and bouncy and smell incredible. I found that I couldn’t stop touching and sniffing my hair afterwards as I couldn’t believe I’d just washed it with what was, effectively, a bar of soap!
Nettle and rosemary solid shampoo is great for all hair types but it’s especially brilliant if you have any kind of hair loss or an itchy flaky scalp. It won’t strip your scalp of it’s natural moisture barrier due to not having SLS in it.
If washing your hair with it feels really odd at first just persevere and, hopefully, you’ll be converted like I was!
So who’s ditching the plastic and the SLS? Join me on my quest for natural hair and a natural bathroom!
All my shampoo bars are now 40% larger than before so they now last even longer.
Quantative ingredients of Nettle and Rosemary Solid Shampoo:
sodium avocadoate, sodium cocoate, sodium olivate, sodium castorate, dried nettles (urticara dioaca), aloe vera gel (aloe barbadensis), organic argan oil (argania spinosa), organic borage oil (borago officianalis), organic rosemary essential oil (rosemarinus officianalis), organic peppermint essential oil (mentha pipera).