Shampoo Bar - Lavender & Tea Tree
Solid shampoo bar
Shampoo bars are a great and convenient way to wash your hair and body. Okay, we admit that when we first came across thie idea we were a bit sceptical. Could a soap bar really work on hair as well? But, once we tried it, we were convinced. The way we approached the need to wash both hair and skin was to add extra castor oil and glycerine than our normal soaps – and the result is a bar that lathers richly and rinses to a squeak without stripping your scalp's natural oils. It's very popular with men as it's so unfussy and because it's also brilliant for shaving. It's less bulky for travelling and just plain handy for showers and of course, it's a way to avoid plastic in your daily routine and we're all looking for ways to do that aren't we?
How to use: Run the shampoo bar over your head in one direction (front to back), so as to avoid causing unnecessary knots. Once you have a good amount of shampoo on top of your head, massage it into your scalp with your fingers. Rinse with water until ALL the shampoo is out and you're good to go. Be brave, try it, if not for the plastic free element to the product, just for the ease of use, we reckon you'll become a staunch solid shampoo fan, too.
Hints and ideas to help you get used to a brand new way to wash your hair:
There is a huge difference between how traditional shampoos work and how solid shampoo bars work - and your hair notices it to start with, this is often referred to as "the purge". When you first switch, you may notice that your hair or scalp becomes dry or a bit oily or both, your hair might feel waxy or heavy or just strange, not itself. Don't panic, this is quite normal, your hair and scalp need to adjust to the new way of being cleaned and in a very short time, normally a week, your sebum production balances. It's at this point you'll notice your hair is suddenly softer, more manageable and stays cleaner for longer. Welcome to your New Normal. If you've experienced dandruff in the past, this often clears altogether.
Things that might help you get through this transition:
- Use a very mild apple cider vinegar rinse before your conditioner if you use one, this will help smooth down the hair shaft, protect it and give it some shine (I use half a cup of ACV to roughly a litre of water plus a drop of my favourite essential oil, which is a weaker solution than you might see elsewhere online. I use two jugs for pouring over my head, I put the mixture in one jug, rinse my hair and catch the run off and rinse again - using two jugs and reusing the water means you can use a much weaker ACV rinse and you won't smell like a chip shop when you're done, promise!).
- Rinse more thoroughly than you've been used to for at least a fortnight - if you're super brave, do one last rinse with cool water, it helps, but this isn't always easy in the depths of winter.
- Don't wash every day if you can, give your hair a couple of days in between washes to allow it time to readjust.
- Brushing your hair morning and night from root to tip will help to redistribute your hair's own natural oil.
- If you're struggling with excess oil, try sprinkling a very small amount of cornstarch on your scalp and thoroughly brushing your hair to help you avoid overwashing.
- If you're used to using a lot of products for styling to control frizz, consider using a little bit of conditioner as a leave in product, that's really useful for weighing hair down and stopping fly aways.
110g min weight.
Ingredients in descending order of proportion. Click an ingredient to find out more.
- Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
A white, solid oil with a low melting point, Coconut oil is pressed from the milled kernels of coconuts and has superb moisturising and protective properties.
- Rapeseed Oil (Brassica Campestris)
Rapeseed Oil (Brassica Campestris)
High in essential fatty acids, rapeseed is a naturally emollient oil suitable for all skin types.
- Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis)
Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis)
Pressed from the seeds of the castor oil plant, this is an extremely rich, healing oil, which makes it ideal for skin balms and lip products.
- Olive Oil (Olea Europa)
Olive Oil (Olea Europa)
We use deep green, extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil for its superb and robust emollient (softening) action on particularly dry skin.
- Cocoa Butter (Theobrama Cacao)
Cocoa Butter (Theobrama Cacao)
This solid, crumbly oil is extracted from the seeds of the cocoa plant and has a wonderfully sweet, chocolatey aroma.
- Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera)
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera)
Pressed from grape pips, this pale green oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and linoleic acid, and absorbs brilliantly.
- Glycerine (Vegetable Glycerine)
Glycerine (Vegetable Glycerine)
A sugar alcohol that comes in soluble liquid form, added to creams and balms to help encourage a glossy texture and smoothness.
- Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender buds/flowers are steam-distilled to produce this oil.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tea tree, tea tree oil has a very strong smell. If you're planning on mixing it into a blend, you need to combine it with other strong smells.
- Mineral Clays (Kaolinite)
Mineral Clays (Kaolinite)
Often used to colour soaps, masks and make-up.
- Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
Product Testimonials Shampoo Bar - Lavender & Tea Tree
LOVE IT! Used it for the first time last night and it appears solid shampoo has come a long way in 15 years. No evidence of the tricky 'transition phase' yet; my hair feels as clean, light and soft as you'd expect from traditional shampoo and I'm looking forward to seeing if it appears thicker and stronger after repeated use. In a bid to cut down on plastic I have been using vinegar as a conditioner alternative for about 6 weeks now, so perhaps that has contributed to the absence of the waxy/greasy phase others have been put off by.
Would just like to add one thing: my husband bought one of these bars in the summer and found it disintegrated very quickly purely through living in the shower cubicle (it was gone within about 3 weeks). So definitely keep it as dry as poss and elevate away from running water/splashes!
That's brilliant, so happy you're happy - and very sound advice there on soap keeping too. Thanks for taking the time to review us! - The Pure Nuff Stuff Team