When it comes to shampoo bars there is a lot of talk about the "transition phase" during the change from your normal bottled stuff to one of the many bars out there.
I went through my fair share of bad hair days as I trialled a few different shampoo bars and was seen sporting a pony tail on more than one occasion. But I persisted and am pleased to say I found an alternative in the form of Citrus Paradisi. Not only does it lather up but it has a lovely lemony smell that's almost good enough to eat (only almost - I really wouldn't recommend putting it in your mouth). In other words all the round shampoos I stock have NO TRANSITION phase - good news or what - and are plastic free, SLS free and cruelty free.
Anyway - back on point as you may experience a transition phase with the Friendly Shampoos. The reason you may be going through this is because everyday bottle shampoos contain sulphates (SLS's) which act as a mild detergent stripping away grease and dirt. Unfortunately it can also strip away natural oils which are good for your hair. When you switch to SLS free products it can take a while for your hair and scalp to detox and get use to not having these around. The result, hair that feels waxy, dry, greasy and quite frankly a little bit grim
So how did you deal with it?
1 - Make sure you've fully rinsed your hair after using the bar
2 - Make sure you get a good lather going all through the hair, it may need two goes to start with.
3 - Try using an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse instead of conditioner. ACV can be bought in a GLASS bottle from most supermarkets. Mix a table spoon or two with 500ml of warm water and rinse your hair after shampooing. The ratio will change person to person so there may be a bit of trial and error. Generally use more ACV for greasy. I promise when it dries you won't smell like the local fish and chip shop!
4 - Don't make the mistake of alternating between the bottled shampoos and the bars. It just prolongs the bad hair phase.
5 - Brush your hair before washing to help spread the love of those natural oils
6 - Try a Baking Soda rinse if you have a lot of product build up. Use approximately 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda to 500ml of warm water prior to shampooing.
Good luck - once you're through the phase you'll never look back.
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