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SHAMPOO SOAP BARS
Shampoo Soaps are becoming increasingly popular especially with the knowledge we have about the vast amount of plastic waste we produce in this country.
But are they for you? They don’t suit everyone…….Here are some honest pointers which might help you decide whether to try them or not!
- Your hair and scalp may need time to settle down and behave under your new regime, so you do need to give shampoo soap time – try it several times before you decide it’s not for you.
- Please be aware that shampoo soaps are NOT shampoos . All liquid shampoos are a form of water-based detergent. Yes, they are mild and have been formulated to wash hair, but they are not the same as shampoo soaps. You are very used to how your hair feels after it has been washed with your favourite shampoo, whether it is a super-expensive named brand or something less expensive from a supermarket. Washing your hair with a shampoo soap will not feel like that!
- Shampoo soaps are soaps, they are made in exactly the same way as our body soaps but their formulation is slightly different so that they have more conditioning oils and butters in them and more castor oil for a close, dense lather. But they have some disadvantages. They are alkaline, not pH neutral, and this may affect your hair in ways you don’t like.Some people say alkaline soaps will lift the scales along each shaft of hair and make it look dull and lifeless. This may be your experience but it has not been for many others. Some people have used shampoo soaps almost exclusively for as long as long as they’ve been around and they report theirs as being soft and shiny. Everyone’s hair is different, give them a real try, and try other soap-makers’ shampoo soaps, before you go back to shampoo in a bottle!
- Final pointer, if you are in a hard water area, the minerals in the water can react with the soap, and leave a deposit on your hair which I know some people say makes their hair feel ‘unclean’. If you find this is a problem, you can rinse your hair after washing with a mild acidic rinse of a couple of tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice diluted in a jug-full of water. Just tip this over your head and rinse and this should combat the ‘waxy’ effect.
Please persevere — I would not be so keen on our shampoo soaps if I thought they didn’t work. I love them and use them all the time. If they didn’t work, we wouldn’t waste our time making them!!!