Natural Shampoo Bars vs Syndet Bars
Natural shampoo bars are not the same as syndet bars, which seem to be all the craze right now. You can find tons of Lush inspired recipes online and you will quickly see from the ingredient list- these are not natural. Syndet bars are basically synthetic shampoo but in a solid bar instead of a plastic bottle. If you are not ready to make the switch from you store bought shampoo to all natural, this is a great option . I am all for any excuse to go plastic free.
Natural shampoo is just that....shampoo bars made with butters, oils, essential oils and natural additives (herbs, honey, etc) to benefit your hair. I could go on about the benefits of eliminating the synthetic stuff, but since you are here...I'm guessing you already know all that. One of the best benefits of going natural is that they do not strip your hair of your natural oils. However, this is also one of the reason most people give up too soon on natural shampoo bars. Many people complain their hair feels too oily, waxy or tangles too much when they switch.
Think about this, for years you have been using synthetic detergent on your scalp that strips away your natural oils. Your scalp works all day to try to replenish those oils. Ever wonder why your hair always seems to look and feel so much better the day after you wash it? But, then it needs to be washed by the third day or else it is a greasy mess. Now that you are using a natural shampoo, your scalp needs an adjust period so it doesn't over compensate and produce so much oil. This may take one week to a month for your scalp to adjust to its natural state.
There are a few things you can do, to get through this adjustment phase and fall in love with your real hair!
Using our Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse. Apple Cider Vinegar will help reduce the "waxy" feel and detangle your hair. We infuse ours with herbs and add essential oils for some extra benefits.
Know your water! Anyone that has a water softner that has run out of salt, completely understands that statement. Natural shampoo needs to be rinsed out of your hair completely. This can be harder to do if you have hard water, so make sure to take the time to rinse completely.
If those two options don't seem to work, don't give up yet! Try switching to a different shampoo bar. You have to remember that your hair and scalp type may not be what you thought it was and you may have to several different bars to find one that works for you.