Help Me Choose:
We receive many questions from customers asking for natural shampoo bar recommendations for specific hair types.
We wish that we could recommend the perfect natural shampoo bar for each individual hair type, but everyone's hair and scalp are so unique. The shampoo bars behave differently for different people. I have customers with oily hair who prefer bars that I would normally recommend for dry hair and vice versa. Many soapmakers use one soap or shampoo recipe and simply change the scents.
We recognize that everyone's hair is different. For that reason, every one of our shampoo bars is made from a different recipe. Your favorite bar of natural shampoo in the summer may differ from your favorite winter shampoo.
Our best suggestion is to try some different samples.
We have compiled recommendations based on information gathered from friends, family, and customers. We hope this will help you make your choices! You will notice product overlaps in the recommendations. One person's dry hair shampoo is another's oily hair shampoo. That is why it is so difficult to make individual recommendations!
A Note From A Customer:
"When I first emailed you about shampoo bar recommendations, I really wanted you to tell me which shampoo bars I should use. Instead I got the “everyone’s hair is unique” story which was not very helpful at the time. But now I understand why that is the perfect answer. Everyone’s hair IS unique (even two sisters living in the same city with the same type of hair). So I guess the moral of the story is that if you want to switch to an all natural shampoo product—just do it! Buy samples because all of the bars are very different. It is well worth the effort and besides experimenting can be fun!" Lori, Michigan
Help! I am New to Shampoo Bars
The most common email we receive from new shampoo bar users concerns problems with hair adjustment troubles and goes like this..."I just love the idea of using an all natural shampoo, but my hair feels funny!"
Although we have many customers who have no adjustment problems at all, weird or gummy feeling hair it is not an uncommon issue, even after several weeks of use.
There is a lot of information on our blog. There you will find a post titled My hair is having trouble adjusting to the shampoo bars (my hair feels weird!) that discusses the four main factors that affect your hair's adjustment to shampoo bars.
For first time customers, we recommend starting with a few samples of bars that seem to work for most hair types. Use them one at a time so that you can really judge how they make your hair and scalp feel.
We often tell customers to take notes on what they like or don't like about each soap or shampoo bar. You may have to experience a few shampoo blends to find the right fit for your hair.
The Coconut Milk and Soapnuts are the first two shampoos we recommend for beginners. They are both more 'clean-rinsing' and lighter in nature.
Dry hair is often the result of a decrease in sebum production, the natural skin oil necessary to keep the scalp and hair moist and lubricated. Dry hair lacks the oil and moisture it needs to give it sheen and a soft texture. As a result, hair that's dry will be brittle and dull and have a straw-like texture.
Our shampoo bars are formulated to promote healthy hair and scalp by cleaning without stripping natural oils! Learn more about dry hair on our Help Me Choose page.
Some customers with dry hair, have great results using our natural soaps on their hair. The soaps are superfatted at a higher range than shampoo bars, meaning that there is more free oil left over to moisturize dry ends.
Oily scalp is the result of overactive sebaceous glands. Although these natural oils are essential for a well-hydrated scalp and healthy hair, excess oil can cause hair to become limp and unruly. The first reaction is to grab a bottle of “drying” shampoo. These shampoos dry out the hair and scalp by stripping away the natural protective oils. The dried out scalp sends a signal to glands that it needs more oil. So drying out your hair and scalp simply aggravates the problem by encouraging the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss.
Natural shampoos containing citrus essential oils help balance oil production and are often great for oily scalp. We also make three shampoo bars with soapnuts (aritha) which contain natural saponins (foaming agents) that provide an extra cleaning boost without drying the hair and scalp. Their natural antifungal and antibacterial properties also help with dandruff.
Dandruff remains a mysterious problem. There is no commonly agreed upon theory about what actually causes dandruff. It is estimated that as much as 97% of the population of the United States will at some point in their lives have some form of dandruff. Dry scalp can cause flakes, but dry scalp and dandruff are not the same things.
Commercial shampoo companies help foster the idea that dry scalp is the same as dandruff. They encourage you to purchase their anti-dandruff and anti-flaking shampoos that contain the same synthetic ingredients that caused the problem. Often, switching to a natural shampoo without drying synthetic additives may help this type of "dandruff."
Check out our Dandruff Help Me Choose page to learn more
No matter which type of "dandruff or flakes" you have, it is important to use a mild natural shampoo. Although detergent based shampoos will clean the hair and scalp well, they often cause over-drying which will make the condition worse.
There are many causes of true hair loss, such as genetics, general health, medications, hormonal changes, etc., that no hair care product can reverse.
Everyone sheds hair! The hairs on an adult scalp do not grow or shed in unison. The growing and shedding of hair happen randomly, but individual hair follicles do have their own pattern. If all of the hair follicles on your head were on the same schedule, we would all go temporarily bald from time to time as we shed to make room for new hair growth.
Excess shedding is often the result of simply mistreating your hair! Often simply switching to a natural shampoo without detergents, detergent foam boosters, and other harsh chemicals help with shedding.
We put a lot of care and research into our recipes, but I believe that what IS NOT in our natural shampoo bars is even more beneficial to people with hair and scalp problems, than what IS in them. With all the synthetic ingredients in commercial shampoos, specialty shampoos, and even some handmade shampoos, it is no wonder that so many people have problems with their hair and scalp.
I just wanted to let you know I've been using the Herb Garden Shampoo Bar for a couple of months now and even my hairdresser commented on all the new growth. I've had a receding hairline for as long as I can remember and I lost a lot of hair after the birth of my daughter, but the hairline is much better now and I've stopped "shedding." Thanks! Dawn, Washington
Hair That Needs Body
Fine, thin, straight hair is often difficult to style and often appears lifeless and lacks vitality, bounce and body. There are many causes for limp lifeless hair...
- general health
- hormonal changes
- harsh detergent shampoos
Often simply switching to a natural shampoo without detergents, detergent foam boosters, and other harsh chemicals helps bring more body to your hair.
Thank you so much. I ordered shampoo bars from you about a month ago and they are the greatest. My hair before was always flat and lank, now it has tons of body and fullness. It's like having someone else's hair!! I look forward to trying your body and face soaps, as my skin is so dry and needs some TLC. Thanks again for a wonderful product and website. Una, Massachusetts
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