How Do I use a Shampoo Bar?
Begin with thoroughly wet hair.
Gently rub wet the shampoo bar directly onto your hair from scalp to ends in a combing motion.
Cover each section of your hair. Gently massage scalp and hair, adding more water as needed, until a good lather forms. To prevent tangles, be sure to always work from the top down, don't pile your hair on your head and use your fingers like a comb not a mixer.
You can also lather the bar in your hands and using your fingers like a comb, smooth the lather along the length of your hair.
Be sure that you really get a good lather and rinse, rinse, rinse! Repeat if desired.
Relax, you can wash your hair with natural shampoo everyday! It cleans thoroughly without drying or coating your hair or scalp. Dry and style your hair as normal.
When using the bars, one thing that is very important is to LATHER WELL!
Our shampoo bars are superfatted and thus contain extra oils and butters to nourish your hair. If you rub the shampoo bars on your hair (like I do), you are coating your hair with superfatted soap. If you do not lather up really well, you will have areas that remain coated with the soap oils, which will; make it look "gummy."
The most common spot, especially for people with long hair, is at the nape of the neck. You need to work the shampoo into your hair with water and lather up so that the dirt and extra oils can be washed away.
Some find it helpful, especially in the beginning, not to rub the bar directly on their hair. They use a puff or a sponge to create foam, and only use the foam to wash. It can be very helpful in making the hair less tacky until the adjustment takes place.
If you are used to commercial shampoo and shampoo twice, you will have already noticed that the second wash produces a lot more lather. The first wash is mixing with the dirt and excess oil in your hair so the second wash is working on cleaner hair. The same is true for our shampoo bars.
So lather up, once, twice, maybe even three times at first. Then be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse!!! Again, if you have long hair, pay special attention to the middle back of the hair so that you rinse all of the soap out of your hair.
Ida's Technique for Long Hair
You have to experiment with your unique hair type. I have long, fine hair. Below is my technique for using a shampoo bar. I...
- thoroughly wet my hair
- tie my long hair into a loose pony tail
- wet the shampoo bar and rub the bar across my head in strokes from front to back until I have covered the entire scalp area. (I have found that if I rub any shampoo vigorously in all directions, my fine long hair gets very tangled)
- massage my entire scalp in a combing motion to work the lather through my hair.
I do not rub the bar or work the lather on the length of my
- take out my ponytail and rinse allowing the shampoo to drip down the length of my hair. I have found that this rinsing is enough to clean the length of my hair.
- rinse for at LEAST one minute as I rub my fingers through my hair to be sure that all of the shampoo is out
- squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover in a towel while I dry off the rest of me. I do not rub the towel over
my wet hair because it causes nasty tangles.
- use a wide toothed comb and gently comb from the bottom up