So, you want to try a shampoo bar, but don’t know where to start. Or, you’ve used one (Or a few), and it doesn’t suit your hair. This is a good place to find out more.
Syndet verses soap based bars
Say what?! Ok, there are two types of shampoo bars you’ll find for sale; soap based bars (Sold by most small businesses), and synthetic detergent, or syndet, bars. Syndet bars are essentially your shampoo in a bottle made into a solid form. Whereby soap based bars are just that, made the same way as soap.
These act very differently, and you may need to try them both to see what suits you best.
What does Totally Balmy sell?
At Totally Balmy we sell soap based shampoo bars. The ingredients for each bar we sell are similar, but each has properties that work better for some hair types than others.
Our bars include:
- Anti-dandruff – Our anti-dandruff shampoo has been formulated with tea-tree, peppermint, and rosemary. All three of these essential oils help in the fight against dandruff. This bar contains neem oil as part of the base recipe.
- Beer & honey – It’s said that beer tightens cuticles of the hair shaft, adding body and lustre, improves the quality/condition of your hair, adds lather to the final bar, the proteins in the beer can help repair damaged hair, whilst the B vitamins in the beer add shine to your hair. It’s said that honey also adds shine and improves the lather of the final bar.
- Goats milk & honey – Made with local goats milk and local honey, this shampoo is really moisturising. It can be used on any hair type, but may be best suited to those who need a little extra moisture.
- Goats milk & nettle – The perfect partnership of goats milk, nettle, and neem oil. These three ingredients work well together to bring you a shampoo bar that is gentle, nourishing, and aimed at helping those who have a sensitive scalp.
- Head lice & nit – Ideal as a preventative (Our kids don’t get lice when using this product once a week. We stopped using it for about 6 weeks, then boom! Head lice), this bar comes in two scent formulations: Tea-tree & Eucalyptus, or Patchouli, Lavender & Cedarwood. These oils have properties said to be effective at treating head lice.
- Hemp – Due to its restorative and moisturising qualities, this hemp shampoo would best be suited for those with damaged hair. It may also suit those with a dry, itchy, irritated scalp. Furthermore, anyone wanting strong, healthy hair may benefit from including this shampoo in their routine.
- Natural – Good for any hair type, these bars lather really well; as well as other shampoo, and without the potentially harmful chemicals you will find in commercial shampoos.
- Neem oil – Neem oil, extracted from the seeds and fruit of the neem tree, has been used for thousands of years for it’s medicinal properties. It naturally repels insects including lice, ticks, and fleas, and is great at helping to soothe an irritated itchy scalp.
- Dog – That’s right; we even sell dog shampoo bars!
Hair types – Choosing a bar
Dry hair – Goats milk & honey, Hemp,
Oily hair – Goats milk & nettle
Damaged hair – Beer & honey, Hemp
Itchy scalp – Goats milk & nettle, Hemp
Fine hair – Beer & honey, Goats milk & nettle
How do you use shampoo bars?
Well, you simply wet your hair, hold the bar in your hand, and rub it all over your hair. It will lather nicely this way. Leave in for a few minutes (So the ingredients can work their magic), and rinse.
As for a conditioning treatment, you have a few options. Some people find they don’t need a conditioner when using one of our bars. Our shampoo bars won’t strip your hair, so act completely differently to commercial shampoo.
If you do want to condition your hair (In a more natural, zero waste type fashion) you could try Totally Balmy’s solid conditioner, our leave in spray conditioner, or maybe try an acid rinse (Great for sensitive/itchy/irritated scalps).
For the acid rinse, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into an empty bottle/jar. When you’re ready to condition your hair, mix this with around 250mls of water. Tip this solution over you head, and leave for 1-2 minutes. Do this maybe twice a week for the first couple of weeks, then less as time goes on. This will prevent any build up of soap, and leave your hair shiny. This should also deter dandruff if this is an issue for you.
Can you use these shampoo bars on your face or body?
Yes you can! You can use any of these bars on your face and body. However, this doesn’t suit everyone, so you’ll need to see what works for your skin type. Some people prefer a dedicated face wash bar. You could even use a konjac sponge for your face or body.
How long do they last?
Each bar should last about 35 washes (Or more!). As long as they are kept out of water! Any bar left in water will go mushy and disintegrate quite quickly. Make sure you store it out of running water, and somewhere it’s able to drain freely. This could be a wooden soap dish, stainless steel dish, or Block Dock.
Still not sure which bar is right for you?
We know it can be a case of trialling products to find which works best for you. If that’s the case, you could try the Shampoo Sample Pack. This pack includes 5 trial sized bars for you to try.
To read more about the bars mentioned above, head here to find them.
Final note – There is a transition period
When you move from commercial shampoo to natural shampoo it will take a while to adjust. It takes between one and six weeks for your hair to stop ‘freaking out’ so to speak. Stick with it! It will adjust.
Natural shampoo doesn’t strip your hair like some commercial shampoo can. Therefore, it won’t feel the same. It may feel like there’s product build up in your hair, or it may just feel different.
To help with the transition, an acid rinse can help.