Finding natural hair care takes determination. It is however rewarding when found. Today’s shampoos can strip the hair and the scalp of its oils leaving the hair dry and the scalp irritated. Then there is the restriction of keeping liquids in 3-ounce bottles on flights. What can be done? Shampoo bars are a nice alternative in natural hair care for natural hair.
But what are shampoo bars? These bars are becoming a popular segment of the hair care market. Using the long held process of combining lye with animal/vegetable oils and natural fragrances, this soap making process is still in use and is at the heart of many handmade soap manufacturers.
Today, these ingredients combine to form natural beauty products that make a rich lathering, gently cleansing shampoo bar that cleans the hair yet does not strip the scalp of its natural oils. Research shows the bars add moisture, leave hair feeling soft and clean after each use. And, the bars travel well on flights.
Don’t let the lye deter you. Since the time of the Romans up to World War I, lye has always been an ingredient of soap. It has only been since the two World Wars and the discovery of petroleum that has changed soap to what we know today. Soap bars of that time were made for a variety of uses: body, hair, shaving, laundry, etc. Today these natural beauty products sell through a variety of online outlets and through health and natural food stores.
Shampoo bars are lathered in hand then applied to wet hair followed by an acid based rinse to restore the hair’s pH per many of the bar websites. In some cases, depending on hair type and preference, conditioners may or may not be needed. In addition, oils used in shampoo bars have different effects on hair. Experiment until you get the results you want and with which you feel comfortable.
So have fun with this alternative and enjoy finding natural hair care for natural hair.