Making changes to a routine you have been following for years can be difficult. But change we all must. Here are few tools that have helped in my transition to a plastic free hair care routine:
I love these bars! And here is why:
✔️They eliminate the need for plastic bottles – I can’t even begin to count the number of plastic shampoo bottles that I have thrown away in my lifetime. These solid bars have helped me cut down on that unnecessary waste.
✔️Delicate on the hair – It creates less foam as they don’t contain artificial foaming agents and leaves the hair moisturised (Many at times you don’t even need a conditioner)
✔️Lasts longer – You tend to use only what is needed unlike liquid shampoos.
✔️ Amazing for travel – It takes the stress out of packing and no more worrying about suitcase spills!
Things to keep in mind if you plan to make this switch:
✔️Just like liquid shampoos, it’s important that you find the bar that is suitable for your hair type.
✔️ Instead of rubbing it directly on your hair, lather it up between your hands and massage shampoo into your hair and scalp. If you have long hair, then section your hair and massage separately.
✔️When you make the transition to a natural shampoo bar, you may find your hair oily. You need to be patient with it to see the results. Commercial shampoos have chemicals that strip your natural hair oils. It will take a few washes for your scalp to get used to the new haircare method. Give your hair some time to detoxify from all the harmful chemicals it was exposed to for years.
✔️After use, ensure that the shampoo bar is stored in a dry place which will help it last longer.
If you are planning to buy be careful to read the ingredients. Stay away from shampoo bars that contain artificial fragrances and SLS. Choose bars that have nourishing butters ( shea, cocoa etc) and moisturising oils (coconut, argan, jojoba etc).
Shifting to a new habit can be difficult, and your hair might take a while to adjust.
Something that can help this process is an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse:
After shampooing and rinsing you hair, pour the ACV rinse (1 tbsp ACV in a cup of water) over your scalp and allow it to run through your hair. Let it sit for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly. You can also add few drops of lavender essential oil to the rinse (optional).
ACV hair rinse helps in getting rid of all the build up that is caused by sweat and conventional hair products. It also is beneficial to your hair if you generally have an itchy scalp. ACV rinse helps me style my hair better (I feel like I have better control over my hair and that it’s not in it’s usual stubborn state!)
Talking about styling, for over a year I have been using a wooden detangling comb and hairbrush for my hair. The bamboo pins help massage the scalp and are gentle on your hair. And I found them to be more durable than the plastic combs and brushes! If you are planning to buy one, look for combs and brushes with the FSC label. “The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.”
So are you ready to make the switch?
Happy Hair- Happy Environment