Natural shampoo bars and "The Transitional Purge"
There is a transition when you switch from the standard chemical shampoos to a natural shampoo bar, commonly called ‘the purge’. When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or a bit of back and forth between the two. Your hair may feel frizzy or waxy like there is a residue still left over in your hair. Don’t panic, this is just your hair adjusting, your scalp needs time to rebalance oil production. It usually lasts about a week (depending on how damaged your hair is) and it will go away.
Stick with it, once your hair has adjusted it will feel softer, cleaner and more manageable. This is because shampoo bars CLEAN and CONDITION your hair and scalp without stripping it of its natural sebum. If you have dandruff problems, you may find this clears up because your scalp is not getting dried out and your body is no longer reacting to the chemicals.
Tips for an easy transition:
When using the bars, one thing that is very important is to lather well. Don’t put the bar directly on your hair. Foam up on a sponge and wash with only the foam.It can be very helpful in making the hair less tacky until the adjustment takes place.
Rinse for longer than you normally do. You can even use exfoliating gloves to massage hair and scalp carefully.
Use an apple cider vinegar rinse rather than conditioner, this will help to restore the pH balance of your scalp and remove old chemicals. (recipe below). It will also protect the hair shaft and give your hair shine.
Gently brush your hair often, twice a day is good. Brush from scalp to tips to help redistribute your hairs natural oil.
Give your hair a few days in between washings to allow it to adjust
Try using a bit of dry shampoo or corn starch if your hair is feeling oily, rub a small amount into scalp then brush through
If you have a lot of product build up, try the baking soda rinse below before washing your hair with the shampoo bar.
Apple cider vinegar spritz
Mix 5 to 10 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with 500ml of warm water in a jug or other container like a spraying bottle. You can also add a few drops of your preferred essential oil. Pour over you washed hair, massage in and let sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse with more water.
*You may not need a conditioner after this treatment.
*Experiment to find a dilution that works best for your hair type. For dry hair you will need less ACV and for oily hair you need more.
*The vinegar smell does not remain once your hair dries
Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse Recipe
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an easy clarifier to use. Baking soda can help to lifts grease and product residue from your hair.
*½ to 1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 small cup of warm water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle or cup. Wet hair and spray the rinse or pour it over your hair and work it through. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo.
*This should not be used more than once every 4 weeks as it can dry your hair out if used too often. But it will remove build leave your hair squeaky clean.
It’s good to highlight the importance of persisting with it! I know it can get annoying for some, like it was for me. My hair roots adjusted pretty quickly to the shampoo bar, but it took much longer for the old bleached ends to get used to it. I love it how I don’t need to use conditioner anymore though, and the thought of not putting chemicals on my hair and skin made the initial effort worthwhile.
Hope this helps!
Source: Friendly Soaps Ltd
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