How to Use It
Simply wet your hair then smooth the bar directly onto the hair, all over, from root to tip, then lather up (you’ll be amazed at how much it lathers!) Massage well (this bit is nice and relaxing, so don’t rush it!) before rinsing thoroughly. Finish with an ACV rinse periodically (see below). If your hair is very dry and you feel you need an additional conditioner, try a little shea butter, warmed in your hands and then stroked through your hair with your fingertips. However, you may find your hair doesn't need conditioning as much - or at all - when you switch to a natural shampoo.
When you switch to a natural shampoo bar, your hair will go through a transition period when it will gradually learn that it doesn’t have to overproduce sebum any more. This process usually takes about a week but can take up to a month, and in that time I’m afraid your hair won’t look its best. Bu it’s worth the wait – honestly!
You can help by doing a few things:-
Don’t wash your hair too often, however tempting it seems. Once your hair is used to the new regime, you will find it probably only needs washing 2-3 times a week. When you do wash your hair, make sure you rinse really well.
Whatever you do, DON’T go back to using your old shampoo – you’ll just have to start the whole transition process all over again.
Brush your hair thoroughly once a day. This will help distribute the natural oils evenly (and give you a lovely scalp massage at the same time). Remember, it's the natural oils which give your hair shine.
Use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse after shampooing. This is amazing stuff (and it doesn’t make you smell like a chip shop!) It balances the pH level of your scalp and acts just like a conditioner, smoothing and detangling your hair like magic. Mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water. You can put it in a jug or a cup – I use one of those squeezy sauce bottles. After shampooing and rinsing thoroughly, drizzle the mixture evenly over your hair and scalp and work it through with your fingers. About half a cupful should be enough, depending on hair length and water quality. Rinse it well (don’t leave it in, as some websites suggest). This should become part of your weekly routine. I find I only need to use it once or twice a week – certainly not every time I shampoo. You’ll be saving soooo much money by not having to buy commercial shampoos and conditioners (even if you opt for the best organic ACVs) and of course all the packaging is recyclable/zero waste.
If your hair takes longer than a week to transition – do stick with it! It WILL work itself out and your hair will look amazing again. Tell family, friends and colleagues what you’re doing so they understand. Try wearing it in a ponytail, or wear a hat – it’s only a few days and then you’ll thank yourself for the rest of your life!
Do email me if you have any problems or queries.