Can you use natural soap as shampoo?
Posted on 12th April 2020 at 19:45
Can you use natural soap as shampoo?
The answer is yes you can. But it will not feel the same as when you wash your hair with shampoo. Natural soap will clean your hair but it will leave your hair feeling slightly waxy.
Shampoo’s have been specially formulated with the majority of them using a surfactant as the cleaning agent. Surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate are the most common.
They also add other ingredients such as conditioners, detanglers and vitamins which give the hair a soft feel after use.
Due to the majority of shampoo’s using SLS in their products and the adverse affect it can have on the scalp and hair follicles, we recommend using natural soap as a shampoo, but if you want the best results then after washing with natural soap, you will need to perform an acid rinse afterwards.
A quick guide on how to wash your hair with soap. Firstly to avoid any unnecessary tangling of the hair we recommend lathering the bar up in your hand and then running your hands through your hair.
Do not put the bar directly onto your hair as your may do with a shampoo bar. If you do this with soap then bits of it will get caught in your hair and can be hard to remove especially if you have long hair!
Once you have washed your hair, rinse as well as you can so that all the suds have been removed from your hair.
You may now notice that your hair feels slightly waxy. If you have short hair then this should not be much of a problem as the hair will still feel very soft. If you have longer hair which is prone to tangling then you will probably want to condition your hair to make it smoother. There is a way of doing this naturally!
This means it’s time for an acid rinse. Don’t worry an acid rinse is not as bad as it sounds. An acid rinse is simply adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a litre of water and rinsing your hair thoroughly after.
There are two types of vinegar that we recommend. Apple cider vinegar and White wine vinegar are the best for the acid rinse.
You may have to play with the ratio of vinegar if you feel it’s not working for you. But do not use too much as vinegar can have a drying effect on hair. We recommend a maximum of 4 tablespoons of vinegar to a litre of water.
This process gives you the benefits of conditioning and detangling your hair. Also for those that suffer with dry scalp conditions such as psoriasis, dandruff or eczema, our soap is very kind and moisturizing to skin and will not irritate your scalp in the way that the harsh detergent sodium lauryl sulphate will.
Why natural soap and not a shampoo bar?
Making the change from shampoo bottles to natural soap may not be for everyone and some people may take a while to get used to it. If you can make the change for a month then you will see positive results, especially if you have a dry scalp condition.
Now you may think that by simply switching to a shampoo bar rather than traditional bottles that you are getting away from chemicals and detergents, but this couldn't be further from the truth.
Most shampoo bars contain a surfactant or detergent which is one of the reasons they lather so easily. Also if you buy them in their raw form without packaging your very unlikely to realise this. They are made by using detergent noodles/needles which are basically the solid form of SLS/SLES or SCS.
These can make up to 90% of the product, which is an astonishingly high amount. By using a natural soap instead of shampoo bar, you will limit the amount of contact your scalp gets with these irritating chemicals.
By using 100% natural soap you are limiting chemicals coming into contact with your skin and causing irritation and scalp conditions. If you follow our process it will leave your hair feeling soft and looking shiny, which is great as it is a sign of healthy hair.
The two soaps that we recommend for washing your hair with are lavender and patchouli as the essential oils in these soaps are particularly good for your hair!
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