Swapping To A Shampoo Bar - what to do if you experience a transition period

Swapping To A Shampoo Bar - what to do if you experience a transition period

Swapping to a Shampoo Bar, how to make the switch

Top Tips For Making The Switch To Shampoo Bars

The Good Soap shampoo bars are a 'soap based' shampoo, with a slight alkalinity. They do not contain sulphates or silicones. If you are looking for a natural and additive free, environmentally friendly option to wash your hair then these are a great option.

How To Use A Shampoo Bar

It can take a little getting used to using a bar on your hair, after all, we are so used to squeezing that blob of liquid into our hands.
Wet your hair, wet the bar and rub the bar onto your hair starting with the length if you have long hair. Don't be afraid to give it all a good scrub. Do this twice and rinse well both times. No need for conditioner, the bars contain a conditioning oil that does the job. Comb through gently with a wide tooth comb and style as normal :) 

Why does my hair feel greasy or waxy after using a shampoo bar?

The majority of people can switch to a chemical free shampoo smoothly, but what can you do if you are one that experiences the transition period? After all, no one wants waxy or greasy hair! As detergent shampoos strip away the natural protective oils, your scalp produces more oil to compensate. Your scalp becomes conditioned to this vicious cycle of excess oil production. As you transition to a natural shampoo bar, your scalp needs time to rebalance scalp oil production. During this transition period, hair may feel and look extra greasy or heavy.  Commercial liquid shampoos and conditioners contain synthetic silicones and silica that coat your hair, to make it feel nice, but leave a residue in your hair. We want to rid our hair of those. You are basically teaching your hair to stand on it's own two feet.......

If you are someone who experiences a transition period during transition replace your conditioner step with an apple cider vinegar rinse. This helps balance the pH level of the scalp and aids transition. Even when your hair is used to the bar we recommend an occasional rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar to balance the pH level of your scalp. 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in half pint of warm water is sufficient.
If you live in a hard water area, or if apple cider vinegar is not working for you you may want to wet your hair FIRST with a spoonful of bicarb in warm water - why? It can help your bar foam better. And then after washing twice with the shampoo bar use more bicarb in your final rinse. And rinse, rinse, rinse. This can help the transition phase where apple cider vinegar is not quite doing the trick.

Since starting selling The Good Soap shampoo bars we have done lots and lots of research on transitioning, and talked many customers through the process. A small handful have given up of course, but for those who have stuck it out there are no regrets, finding the benefits of less chemicals on the scalp, and of course no more plastic bottles. 

Our findings:
  • Men and Children do not have a transition patch
  • It doesn't seem to make any difference whether your hair is coloured or uncoloured. However, naturally grey hair never has a problem! 
  • Ladies in hard water areas can take a little longer to transition.
  • It seems to be ladies within a certain age range that sometimes experience these issues. Ladies after the menopause don't seem to get this transition period which leads us to the conclusion that hormones play a part. This would make sense as we all know our hair can feel different at certain times.
  • Ladies post pregnancy can also have a trickier transition time, again due to hormones.
  • Medication affects hair, and therefore certain medications can slow down the transition process. 
We promise though, we can get you there.......
  • We advise people to start with a bar that suits all hair types, and an Aloe Vera bar is perfect for this. It suits the most sensitive skins, has no active essential oils in and suits all hair types. Alternatively a Shea Butter and Jojoba Shampoo Bar is a good place to start.
  • Give your scalp a jolly good scrub, don't be shy with this bar. Once the soap is on your hair scrub your scalp with your fingers just the way you normally would. This stimulates your scalp to start doing it's job.
  • As mentioned above one of the most effective ways to cut through the 'grease' is to do a final rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water at the point you would normally condition. Just look at it that this is your new conditioner for now until you can go without........1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a half pint of warm water will be enough. Pour over your hair after doing 2 shampoos, then massage in and rinse off. 
  • The temptation is to wash your hair more but this has the opposite effect. I know it's not always possible but if you can wash your hair less it will transition quicker - wear a hat or a ponytail! 
  • After a while you will start to find that you are making progress and that your hair will feel much better, even better than before.
  • I take my bar to the hair salon with me, my hairdresser is more than happy to use it - even when I have my hair highlighted.

Our advice is just keep at it - it's a little bit like teaching a toddler to walk......it takes time but it will just get better and better. Dawn xx

The Good Soap Shampoo / Soap Bars all hold Cosmetic Product Safety Report, CPSR certificates, which means they have been tested and classed as a safe product for you to use in line with European Regulations and Standards. All ingredients are listed underneath each bar, both in English and in INCI, and with their naturally occuring allergens, for your safety.

by Dawn Rhodes

 

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1 comment

I have always found that bar shampoo makes my hair and scalp very dry is this normal?

Rachael Clarke

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