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Tips for Adjusting to Shampoo Bars

Embarking on the journey of going natural and plastic-free shampoo is tough, never easy and often challenging. However, once you have started going green and live sustainably, the odds are rewarding and couldn’t be more satisfactory.

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At this point, many of us know the adverse effects of plastic on our environment. Even with proper waste management, only a low percentage of our plastic waste goes to recycling plants. Most of our single-use plastics end up piling up in landfills, incinerators and worse, they’re floating in bodies of water. They have already claimed many marine lives and as the most intellectual creature on this planet, it is our responsibility to take care of the place we all call home.

With the plastic problem in everybody’s mind, many companies have started producing products that are eco-friendly and one of these products is the shampoo bar. Regular shampoo comes in plastic bottles which we dispose of once it’s empty. Shampoo bars are different. They often come in eco-friendly packaging like cardboard made from recycled paper.

There’s a huge difference between the ingredients of regular shampoo and natural shampoo like shampoo bar. Liquid shampoo is filled with synthetic chemicals that many experts link to serious health problems. Parabens, one of the most common chemicals found in personal care products, is used as a preservative. This chemical is known to disrupt hormone functions and increases chances of breast cancer among women. Conversely, shampoo bars are mostly made from natural ingredients, pure essential oils and botanicals. While some brands may still contain some chemicals, these are plant-based.

How long does the transition last, why does it happen and what happens during the transition period?

If you have been using a product for a very long time and you decided to switch to another product that is better, you should expect a transition period. This transition period could last for weeks to months. It really varies from person to person and depends on several factors like the kind of shampoo bar you use and your hair type. Reassuringly, no matter how long the transition period is or how easily the effects occur, shampoo bars work like magic and will make your hair healthier. You just need to be patient and give it more time to work.

Once you have started switching to natural shampoo, your hair might feel funny and weird. It is because the build-up from the commercial shampoo you have been using has been slowly removed. Depending on the amount of residue or how damaged your hair is could also affect the adjustment period.

What is more likely to occur is to have frizzy and tangled hair. You may also feel that your hair has a waxy feel or you may have ‘straw’ hair. Don’t be alarmed because these changes are normal and for the better.

During the adjustment period, your scalp needs to balance oil production. That is why your hair might feel oily and greasy. All of these adjustments are part of the transition and will go away once your body has fully adjusted to using a shampoo bar.

Here are a few pointers that you need to know when using a shampoo bar for the first time.

Soft Water

Many experts suggest that using soft water for hair care is more ideal than hard water. Soft water is a type of water that has less concentration of ions like calcium and magnesium. Hard water is the exact opposite of soft water. You can make your water ‘softer’ by installing a small ion exchange filter in our showerheads or a full water softening system.

Use soft water because hard water can cause mineral build-up. Hard water allows hair to look dull, dry and frizzy. In this case, if you are using hard water and a shampoo bar, the end result is a waxy feeling hair.

ACV Rinse

If you are not familiar, ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar. An ACV rinse makes your transition from regular shampoo to shampoo bar easier and more comfortable. It is a homemade solution of vinegar parts and water parts. This solution can help soften and detangle hair once you start switching from chemical-laden shampoo or if you have used hard water.

Vinegar also restores pH balance of your hair and helps eliminate further shampoo residue. Using an ACV rinse after washing your hair with a shampoo bar or after your hair has adjusted can make your hair shiny, soft and free from frizziness.


We also suggest using a conditioner especially if you really want to achieve lustrous and shiny hair but if you get to choose the right shampoo bar for you, your hair will not need to be conditioned. It’s entirely optional because shampoo bars are naturally made and infused with organic ingredients that makes hair healthier and less prone to damage.

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