The Henna Shampoo is an amazing conditioning bar for all hair types that will help strengthen hair and enhance body and luster.
Henna is a natural deep conditioner that coats the hair shaft, seals in moisture and natural oils, tightens the cuticle, enhances body, adds loads of shine and makes hair silky soft.
- Great natural shampoo for limp, lifeless and dull hair
- Deeply conditioning henna, nourishing organic oils, and coconut milk will enhance the volume, refine the texture and boost the shine
- Babassu oil moisturizes for shiny, healthy-looking hair
- A great natural shampoo for limp, lifeless and dull hair
A sulfate free, silicone free, paraben free natural shampoo
Why use shampoo bars? They are natural, gentle, environmentally friendly, cost effective and convenient. Customers tell us that switching to shampoo bars helps increase volume and shine and reduce shedding, dandruff, and frizz.
Made with Organic Henna, Coconut Milk & Babassu Oil
Certified Organic By OEFFA
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent
How to Use
We have found that people who allow the henna shampoo to sit on their hair a while before rinsing tend to see more highlights.
Technique #1: Use The Bar Directly On Your Hair
- 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.
- With this method, it is very important that you really build up a good lather on your head so there are no patches of soap left on your hair.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse!
- Repeat if desired
Technique #2: Create The Lather in Your Hands
- Begin with thoroughly wet hair.
- Rub the wet shampoo bar between your wet hands to create a nice lather.
- Using your fingers like a comb, smooth the lather along your hair.
- Gently massage it into the scalp and hair, as you would with a bottled shampoo.
- Work up a good lather
- Rinse, rinse, rinse!
- Repeat if desired.
If you have long hair, please check out the FAQ on the left titled, "Ida's Shampoo Bar Technique for Long Hair."
Will The Henna Shampoo Bar Color My Hair?
A henna paste applied directly to your hair will change the color of your hair. A henna shampoo bar will not.
We used to make three different Henna Shampoo bars; Auburn, Chestnut, and Strawberry. The goal was that each type of bar would be helpful for different colors of hair.
What we discovered from our own personal experience and customer feedback was that whether your hair was blonde, red or brown, the type of Henna Bar used made no difference in the highlights.
Each bar produced the same results on every hair color.
The feedback showed that these three bars helped . . .
- enhance highlights and shine
- condition hair
- strengthen hair
- enhance body and luster
Many people think of henna as simply a hair coloring product, but henna is great for hair care. The purpose of a Henna Shampoo Bar is to get the advantage of henna's a natural deep conditioning as it seals in moisture and enhances body, luster, highlights, and softness.
A Note For Those with Very Light or Colored Hair
Our henna shampoo bars are not strong like a pure henna paste treatment.
We have had a number of people with light hair and dyed hair use our henna bars without any problems.
That being said, all hair and hair dye is not created equal...so to be safe, try a test strand before using on your whole head.
For more detail about Henna please read our blog, "Henna Shampoo Bars."
Shampoo Bars Are One Of Our Favorite Discoveries!
The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.
Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes, this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea.
They were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940's.
Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.
Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.
Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.
Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair?
Everything You Want To Know About Shampoo Bars!
Please read "Everything About Shampoo Bars!"
Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Color Treated Hair?
Most people find that shampoo bars are easier on color treated hair than commercial shampoos.
We have many customers who color their hair and use our gentle shampoo bars. One customer who "darkens" her hair wrote to tell us that she is now able to go one month longer before recoloring her hair.
Another customer who "lightens" her hair, wrote that the color stays "nicer" longer and she does not get that "brassy" blonde color anymore.
But since everyone's hair and coloring products are different, please do a strand test to judge for yourself.
To do a strand test, shampoo a strand of hair in a non-conspicuous area and rinse. Notice if there are any changes.
The good thing about the shampoo bars is that they actually prolong color - before I started using them, I'd have to dye my hair every 3 weeks, now it's every 5-6 weeks. Venessa, Indiana
Conventional shampoos and conditioners, even some that claim to be natural, contain waxes, silicones or other additives that coat your hair to make it feel smooth.
Since our natural shampoo bars do not strip hair like detergent based shampoos, you may notice your hair feels different immediately after washing because your hair is accustomed to the squeaky clean feel of detergent based shampoo.
Switching from conventional shampoo to a natural shampoo bar often means a transition or adjustment period. While many folks have little problem with their hair adjusting to a new routine, some do.
Since everyone's hair is unique it is difficult to tell you exactly what your transition, if any, will look and feel like. Your hair may feel greasier than normal or it may even feel drier than normal. It may feel waxy, coated or just weird.
This transition period, which can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month, is literally a time for your hair, which has been addicted to chemical-laden shampoos, to go through withdrawal, and learn to live a chemical-free life. It's not easy!
It may take some patience, but if you can persevere, your reward will be healthy, soft and silky hair.
We have been making shampoo bars for over 14 years and have received so many questions. Below are links to pages that may help answer your adjustment questions.
For more detailed information and great transition tips please read our blog "Tips Adjusting To Shampoo Bars."
Whether or not you need to use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse depends on a number of factors.
- Your water: If your hair does not seem to be adjusting to the shampoo bars, it may be due to your water. Hard water makes it more difficult to rinse natural shampoo from your hair.
- Hair length: Many of our male customers and women with short hair have found that they do not need to rinse with vinegar, simply because their hair is short.
- Tangles: ACV rinses often help with tangles.
- Residue: 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. ACV rinses help remove build-up and product residue.
- Hair type: Everyone's hair is unique.
I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse very day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older my hair has become drier and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times week.
Ida's Shampooing Technique for Long Hair
Men and women with short hair seldom have hair adjustment problems. Folks with long hair have to tinker a bit with technique and bar type. I have found that often times the technique can make all the difference.
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 ponytail
- wet the shampoo bar and rub the bar across the top of 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 hair.
- 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 rinsed away
- squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover with 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
Dry and style your hair as usual!
Some folks do, and some don't!
If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry--you may need a conditioner--that's another plastic bottle saved! Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which are actually drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are usually 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.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair.
For Tangly Hair
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 or even wet your hair, the cuticle opens making it prone to tangling.
The way you shampoo and your hair type 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.
I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse very day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older my hair has become dryer and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times week.
I have perfected a washing technique that helps with my tangles (see FAQ) but sometimes I need a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends or I use our Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Detangler blend.
Helpful hint: If I comb through my hair length while it is still lathered and continue to comb as I rinse, the tangles comb out more easily.
Hi there my new besties! I had to drop a line to express just how impressed I am with your shampoo bars. I recently bought several sample sized bars & a bargain bag of you auburn henna (thank goodness for gut instincs!) And every one is amazing in a different way! I have very curly color treated hair that tends to be dry and on the frizzy side. That is a thing of the past thanks to your products. I use an ACV rinse after & have never been so happy with my former tangled mop! Knots just slide through my fingers, I have more body than I could imagine, smooth, shiney curls with no frizz! All with NO CONDITIONER! I can't believe it. Looking good & saving money while being a bit kinder to old mother earth! Thanks for creating such awesome products. I have spent a small fortune every month on shampoo, conditioner, defrizz stuff, gloss & root lifter for years. Now a few swirls on my dome with one of my magic bars & an ACV rinse & I'm out the door. A little argan or coconut oil on the ends is all I do. Wow! I just love your stuff! Sophia, California
I love all the shampoo and soap bars that I've bought, the only problem is deciding on which one to use each day. I did buy the Auburn Henna Shampoo bar to see if and how it would color my hair. I naturally have Black/Dark Brown hair which I used to chemically color Natural Brown. It did take at least a month, if not 6 weeks for me to really see how the Henna colored my hair. I love the highlights that the Auburn Henna has given my hair as I'm growing out the chemically colored portion of my hair. My hair and skin thank you all so much for the hard work & dedication it takes in making your natural & organic products! =) Jane, Maryland
Hi, just thought I'd let you know I have been using your henna shampoo bar and three times in the past two weeks i have had compliments on my hair; two from friends and one from a complete stranger - hope you keep making it! Heather, Ohio