Tips For Long And Thick Hair With Shampoo Bar
People with short hair rarely face the hardship that is hair adjustment. For instance, the hair on their neck’s nape rarely has any buildup, unlike people with long and thick hair.
From our experience, here are what you need to do so that washing your hair can be less of an issue.
- Tie your long hair up, forming a ponytail, then wet it from head to toe.
- Dip the natural shampoo bar into the water and rub it across your head’s top, each stroke starts at the front and ends at the back. Do so until the entire scalp is covered properly.
- Do not rub the shampoo bar in random directions, or your long hair will tangle up. Remember to keep adding water without pause so that your shampoo bar can complete its mission.
- Release the ponytail and start rinsing thoroughly, letting all residue of the shampoo drip down your hair’s length. Keep doing this process for a minimum of 1 minute.
Can You Use A Shampoo Bar As Soap?
Before we can give you a definite answer, you need to understand the main difference between the two. While their ingredient lists closely resemble each other, the formulation designs are not at all the same.
To be more specific, the base butter and oils’ proportions, the oil infusion order, and extra ingredients are all different. As a result, the final products have different characteristics. Of course, the superfatting process also adds another variable.
Also, soap boasts an antibacterial property to kill bacteria on your skin, which shampoo bars can’t do, except for some with antibacterial ingredients. Shampoo bars come with a pH from 4.5 to 5.5, close to the hair’s pH so that they don’t strip out too many natural oils. Meanwhile, soap leans to the alkaline side (pH 9 – 10) and can damage your hair.
That is why natural shampoo bars tend to be less moisturizing than natural soap bars. As such, you can use them as soap, but they are not as efficient.
Do You Need To Use A Conditioner After Shampoo Bar?
If you use conditioners because of your hair being dull, lacking in luster, or dry, there is no need for them anymore.
The reason for the need of conditioner is that some commercial shampoo bars tend to have petroleum products. These products will dry your scalp and hair quickly, so you need a way to moisturize them.
On the other hand, most natural shampoo bars, with conditioning oil like coconut or jojoba, do not strip much natural oil and will moisturize your hair.
You do need to use conditioner, however, if your hair is prone to tangling. After all, that is not an issue a shampoo bar can solve.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair With Shampoo Bar?
Most people should only wash their hair with shampoo bars once every 2 days at the maximum.
If you use them more, you run the risk of removing all the sebum substance from your hair. As a result, your hair will become brittle and easier to break.
On the other hand, using them less frequently means that sebum will accumulate, weighing your hair down. Also, the grease and grime buildup will make your hair oily and dirty.
Some people are special cases, though, as their hair is too sensitive. If you are one of them, we recommend using shampoo only once a week.
How Long Does It Take For Hair To Adjust To Shampoo Bar?
There is no definite answer for this question, as the transition period’s length varies greatly from person to person. In general, it takes about 2-3 weeks for you to adjust to shampoo bars.
Some only need a few days, while others require some weeks. In extreme cases, it can even take months to fully familiarize yourself with a new natural shampoo bar.
You can broadly predict the time range dependent on the damage your hair has suffered and the amount of residue currently present. Some additional variables include your water, genetics, and even your technique.
Most of us grew up only using bottled shampoo so much we have grown too accustomed to it. That is why not many people ask us how to use shampoo bar, as they are familiar with the bottled version.
However, we believe that this time, it’s worth it to make the change to shampoo bars. The difference in efficiency and results can only be described as night and day.
We hope that you can make full use of our article and change to a natural shampoo bar that suits you.