Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Permed Hair?
We have many customers who perm their hair and use our shampoo bars. Because they are simply soap, shampoo bars will not strip natural protective oils from your hair. One customer told us that her perms stay "fresher" longer since she started using shampoo bars. But since everyone's hair and perming products are different, please do a strand test to judge for yourself.
Do I Still Need To Use Conditioner?
It depends on the function of your conditioner. Hair "conditioner" is a very vague term. Hair conditioners fall into different categories depending on what you want to accomplish with your hair. If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry--the answer is probably no. Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which are actually drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are often needed. Our natural shampoo bars will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos.
Tangly hair is another story. Hair tangles result when individual hairs go in different directions and intertwine. The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof. The condition of the cuticle scales in part determines whether you are going to have tangly hair. When you shampoo your hair the cuticle opens. When the cuticle layers are open and not knit together you are even more prone to tangling. The strong detergents in commercial shampoo open the cuticle even more, making it more prone to tangles. So using our all natural shampoo bars helps with normal tangling.
But everyone’s hair is different! Also, the way you shampoo and even the type of water you have can affect hair tangles. I have long fine, thin hair that is very prone to tangling. Just imagine all of those little strands of hair as very thin strings—now put little burrs on the strings (the open cuticle) and you can see my problem. When I used commercial shampoo I had to use gobs of conditioner. I shampoo every day and would go through a 16 ounce bottle of conditioner every week—just to get a comb through my hair. Using my shampoo bars has made a big difference. Sometimes, after shampooing, I can tell that my hair is snarl-free (usually that's when I have taken the time to lather up the shampoo bar in my hands and then massage it through my hair). Other times, especially when I am in lazy mode and just rub the shampoo bar all over my head, I get tangles. Then I use either a vinegar rinse or a small amount (like a teaspoon) of conditioner. The vinegar is an acid which helps to close the cuticle of the hair. A small amount of conditioner will coat hair strand and help the cuticle on your hair lie flat. That same bottle of conditioner now lasts me over six weeks!
Read more about using a natural vinegar rinse!
Will A Shampoo Bar Leave a Soap Residue?
Whether you realize it or not your liquid shampoo leaves a residue. Many hairdressers will tell you that it is a good idea to change shampoo brands regularly. This is a common scenario when you try a new shampoo--at first your hair feels funny, then you love it for a week or two--but then your hair seems dull and lifeless again. The fist week it was stripping your hair of the old shampoo residue--then it begins to leave its own!
Please do not use a shampoo bar once or twice and decide you don't like it. You need to give the shampoo bars about a week to rid your hair of the old residues from your commercial shampoo. Because shampoo bar soaps do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos you may notice your hair feeling different after washing than you may be accustomed. This is perfectly normal, you'll love how your hair feels after it dries. I use our shampoo bars on my long hair. My hair is much softer than when I was using liquid shampoo and I never need separate conditioner anymore.
If you are worried about residue, have very hard water, or just want extra shiny, healthy hair, see our information on
How Your Water
Affects Your Hair
Does Everyone Need to Use a Vinegar Rinse?
Whether or not you need to use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse depends on a number of factors.
(as described above)
many of our male customers and woman with short hair have found that they do not need to rinse with vinegar, simply because their hair is short.
: ACV rinses often help with tangles
: If your hair has residue from previous products or you regularly use conditioners, styling gels etc., our shampoo bars are mild and may not
remove residue from your hair like detergent shampoos
Your hair type:
everyone's hair is unique