Shampoo Bars: Will They Make My Hair Feel HORRIBLE?

Shampoo Bars: Will They Make My Hair Feel HORRIBLE?

Love the idea of a natural shampoo or shampoo bar but am afraid of what it will do to your hair?

Like, make it greasy, gunky, heavy and icky?

I know I was.

My hair is thick, curly/wavy, and just past my shoulders. Past experiences with shampoo bars left me leery of trying them again. Those bars were nasty!

I was worried that it would feel horrible. That my hair would be heavy and greasy.

So, I researched! And learned that there is a transition period when switching to shampoo bars. And that not everyone can use the same bar.


2 weeks later and I love how my hair feels! It is still adjusting, but the worst is past.

Here’s what I learned:

The detox or transition period

This is the part that everyone dreads about shampoo bars. And often it’s enough to keep them from switching to a healthier product.

It’s not pretty or fun, but in the end…totally worth it!

When you first start with shampoo bars, your hair and scalp may literally freak out. They are used to being stripped of their natural oils and having it replaced with chemicals of some sort.

Your hair & scalp may become oily or dry – or even switch between the two extremes. You may get more tangles and frizz – or get greasy, waxy hair.

This is your hair freaking out because it has forgotten how to do its job. Commit, stick with it. It will go away.

This detox/transition period can last for just a week or up to 6 weeks. It depends on how damaged your hair is, how frequently you used harsh shampoos with SLS, and it also has to do with your genetics.
During this time or even a few months afterward, your hair may begin to grow like crazy. There can also be an exodus of old, built up chemicals that have collected in your hair over the years from using traditional shampoos. It’s slightly creamy – similar to dandruff – but more localized. It doesn’t itch, burn, or feel strange but can freak people out. Don’t worry. It will leave as well.
Shampoo Bars: Will they make my hair feel HORRIBLE?

Shampoo bars and hard water don’t mix well.

The minerals in it cause the scales on the hair to stand up. The soap molecules ‘grab’ the minerals and leave deposits in your hair. This is what gives you the waxy feeling…not pleasant.

I have hard water and got around this problem by heavily spraying my hair with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse and leaving it in. Acid – vinegar in this case – closes those scales so the minerals and soap wash out.

Another way to get the soft water feel is to soak your hair with a baking soda/water mix – about 1/2 TB in 1c of water – and before putting any hard water on your hair, lather up with a shampoo bar. Rinse well, spray with an acid rinse and dry! Apple Cider Vinegar is also a natural detangler, so don’t worry too much about tangling your hair in the shower.

Rinse well!

Rinse, rinse, rinse. Make sure you get every part of your hair. Washing your hair with shampoo bars takes longer than a commercial shampoo because of the care that goes into it.

Yes, it takes longer to put the shampoo into your hair and it takes longer to rinse it out. But it is worth it.

Try different bars

If, after 1 – 2 weeks, you’re not seeing any real differences in the detox symptoms, try a different bar. I switched from the Sun & Roses to the Daily Scrubber after about a week and a half. HUGE difference after I did that.

shampoo bars: will they make my hair feel horrible?

It’s worth it

My hair already feels more healthy and happy. There’s more volume, it doesn’t get greasy as fast, it’s more bouncy and curls even more than before.

I am so glad I took the plunge, stuck with it, and gave shampoo bars a try!

Are you ready?

Have you tried shampoo bars before? What was your experience?


Shampoo Bars: Will They Make My Hair Feel HORRIBLE?

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