Check if you have hard or soft water!
Choosing the right bar for hard or soft water is important, if you are in the UK check your postcode HERE. For international customers, please check your local authority for more details of your water hardness level if you do not already know.
To start using a shampoo bar, wet the hair and bar thoroughly and either rub the bar between the hands first or directly onto the hair to gain a satisfactory lather and continue massaging the lather into the hair for as long as desired. Rinse thoroughly afterwards and repeat the process if desired.
Traditional Shampoo Bars (suitable for soft water) – see them HERE
Traditional shampoo bars are essentially made from soap. The addition of nourishing oils, butter and a few other ingredients allows these bars to be used on the hair. Hard water can affect the lathering and effective rinsing capabilities of traditional shampoo bars due to the minerals and deposits found in such water. If you have soft or medium soft water, you should be able to use a traditional shampoo bar, but we would also recommend combining a traditional shampoo bar with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse once or twice a week to help flush the hair. An ACV rinse is a cup of warm water with around 8 tbsps of ACV in it, after washing and rinsing the hair thoroughly, simply pour this over the hair, massage in and rinse thoroughly again.
Natural Syndet Bars (suitable for soft or hard water) – see them HERE
Our Natural Syndet Bars offer a high lather experience and are suitable for both soft and hard water and we use naturally derived ingredients, such as Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) which are derived from coconuts. The other advantage to our Syndet Bars are there is usually no transition period to go through, unlike traditional shampoo bars that some people have to persevere with whilst their hair becomes accustomed to the changes in a natural shampoo soap.
Do I need a conditioner bar?
Well, this is really a personal preference as many of our customers find they don’t need a conditioner bar, particularly with our syndet shampoo bars but some say they can’t live without one. Practically speaking, if you have long or very dry or damaged hair then we would strongly advise using a conditioner bar after washing as this helps de-tangling of long hair, and even for short hair the benefits of a conditioner bar are fantastic, adding softness and nourishment to the hair.
Check out our range of Conditioner Bars HERE.
With traditional shampoo bars, you may experience what we call a ‘transition period’ where your hair and scalp need a little time to adjust to the bars. Some people fly through this with ease, for others it can take anything from a few days to a few weeks. Syndet shampoo bars normally don’t cause any transition periods as they are made with different ingredients.
It’s important that when using a traditional shampoo bar you are aware of your water hardness levels as this will affect your experience with a traditional shampoo bar. If you have hard water, it’s best to use a syndet shampoo bar instead.
To help with any transition period, you can incorporate an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse into your wash, this is simply a cup of warm water with around 8tblspns of ACV poured directly over the hair after washing and rinsing, massaged in and then washed out thoroughly afterwards. Normally the smell of ACV doesn’t stay in the hair.