Healthy Ways to Clean Your Hair and Scalp: Shampoo Bars

November 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

After many years of using conventional shampoos and hair styling products, I was left with hair that felt dry and resembled straw. And the super sad thing about it was, I spent a lot of time, money and energy to create beautiful, healthy hair, and it still managed to be that way!  At one point, I had enough, and was fortunate enough to be led to some novel hair care ideas, and eventually learn the proper ways of maintaining and loving my own, unique hair.

Any of you fit in this category??

Let’s first talk about shampoos.

One of the most important pieces of advice that I can pass onto you is that most shampoos are entirely too harsh for your hair. Textured or curly/wavy hair types in particular need to hold onto their natural oils (or sebum) to add to its weight and hold onto proper moisture levels.

One method of cleansing is called conditioner washing or co-washing. In Lorraine Massey’s book, “Curly Girl” she recommends limiting or eliminating the shampooing step altogether. Instead of using a regular shampoo, she claims that a conditioner has enough surfactants to effectively wash our hair and scalp. By using a water-soluble silicone based conditioner, you can wash your hair with conditioner, and she termed this process CO-washing. By co-washing, you can effectively clean your hair and not strip the living daylights out of it!

But another idea is to use a gentler form of washing. With a gentler natural shampoo, one that can mildly cleanse without stripping.  I suggest to look for shampoos that contain moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba oil, babassu oil, olive oil, or mango butter. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

I have come across a few gentle emollient shampoos, and this particular one doesn’t come in a bottle. Termed a Shampoo Bar, it offers a novel approach to gently cleansing your hair and scalp.

Herbaria Soaps: Traveler’s Choice Shampoo

Traveler's-Choice-shampoo-soapPros:   It cleans your hair without removing its natural oils and leaves hair manageable.  Super gentle on the scalp, this soap is a multi-tasker (thus being named “Traveler’s Choice”) and can be used as a body soap, while its rich lather can also serve as your shaving cream!

Price:  $5.95 for a 4.5 ounce bar (should last you a month), and if you purchase 6 bars of any Herbaria soaps, you will get the 7th  free.

My 2 cents: Using a shampoo bar as an alternative to regular shampoo is something you will have to experience. While using traditional shampoos my hair would generally feel squeaky clean, no bueno! This bar has a lot of natural ingredients including Jojoba Oil, which is actually a natural wax. After using this shampoo bar, I definitely noticed a different feel to my hair.  It felt clean, but mildly coated and slightly tacky when wet, but completely soft and manageable when dry.

As a shampoo, Traveler’s Choice lathers copiously and leaves any kind of hair easy to manage. It contains no detergents, phthalates or synthetic fragrances, so common in other shampoos.  The light scent comes from essential oils of rosemary and petitgrain, which also benefit hair and scalp. Jojoba oil makes hair lustrous. These ingredients are kind to your complexion and clean your skin (and scalp) without drying it out.”

Feel free to comment or share about alternative hair washing methods or products that have worked for you!

Jen ❤

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