THE TRANSITION PHASE
When you switch to a shampoo bar for the first time, in most cases you have to go through what is called the "transition phase". During this period, your hair may feel greasy, and feel as if you have got wax in your hair, or quite the opposite where your hair gets dry. It differs from hair type to hair type, and depending on what you have used of shampoo in the past.
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
The reason for this happens is that conventional shampoos often contain silicone which lies a film on the hair strands and scalp so it feels soft and delicious, but is difficult to remove with mild and natural products.
Another reason may be that many conventional shampoos tend to remove the natural oils, causing your scalp to produce oils to compensate. Since shampoo bars are very mild and do not remove the natural oils, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks before your hair has got used to the new washing method.
TIPS & RECIPES
BEFORE YOU START WITH SHAMPOO BAR
To prevent your hair from becoming greasy, you can do a baking soda cleanser while using your shampoo bar. This can be done once to speed up the transition phase or regularly if you live in areas with hard water.
1 tbsp. baking powder / bicarbonate
1 liter of warm water
Dissolve baking powder in the water, in a bowl or bottle. Pour the solution into damp hair, massaging it thoroughly, WITHOUT rinsing it out. Then apply the shampoo bar to the hair.
HOW TO DISTRIBUTE THE SHAMPOO BAR IN YOUR HAIR?
Shampoo bars are more concentrated than liquid shampoos, therefore you will often use too much shampoo if you use the bar directly on the hair.
Foam the bar up into your hands with water, and apply the foam to your hair. Massage it into the hair as you would with a liquid shampoo.
AFTER USING SHAMPOO BAR
After each hair wash, you can use a vinegar cleaner that has several benefits, or a conditioner bar. The vinegar stabilizes the PH balance, removes excess soap residue, and leaves the hair soft and shiny.
2 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
250 ml. hot water
Dispose of the solution in an atomizer. Distribute in the hair lengths and scalp, let it sit for 1-2 min.
Don't worry, the smell of vinegar decreases when the hair dries!
Soap bars are made to dissolve when you use water, so always store your soap bar so that the water can run off, so it lasts longer.