Julie at Wild Sage & Co started out making luxurious soaps and, like all her products, her shampoo bar is a real treat to use. It lathers up beautifully on your hair and my hair feels lots better from having used it. It is formulated with lots of lovely cold pressed Uk Rapeseed oil and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar along with Julie’s homegrown Rosemary, infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Rosemary Essential oils are said to stimulate hair growth, while Apple Cider Vinegar is known to promote strong and healthy hair, stabilise your hair’s PH balance and to add softness. And the other great thing is that there are no plastic bottles to dispose of! All soaps are wrapped in recycled paper which can be composted. It’s 100% natural and lovingly crafted at her cottage in the Herefordshire countryside.
To use the shampoo bar just wet your hair thoroughly and rub the bar over your head until you create a nice frothy lather. If your bar is new you might want to use a flannel to help ‘break the seal’. Wash your hair as normal and pat dry before adding conditioner if you feel your hair needs it. I had no problems with my hair adapting to this shampoo bar but there are some tips below from Julie if you do.
When you are not using the shampoo bar, it’s best to keep it out of water on a well drained surface so it can dry out between uses. Use a soap dish (wooden dishes with open slats are perfect) or you can even be a bit creative – I use a big seashell or you can use a few pebbles from the garden. Each soap is 100g.
1) COMMERCIAL SHAMPOO Because commercial detergent shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, your scalp has to produce excess oil to compensate. This means that there is often an adjustment period after swapping to a natural shampoo. During this period your hair may feel greasy or heavy, however this should pass after a week or so when your hair has rebalanced its oil production. (This period may take longer if you have chemically treated hair).
There is also the problem of product build up from commercial shampoos and conditioners which often contain waxes, synthetic silicones, and silica that coat your hair, to make it “feel” nice, but leave a residue in your hair. See our Baking Soda solution to help tackle this problem.
2) HARD OR SOFT WATER?
If you live in a hard water area you might find the swap to a Shampoo bar a bit harder. Hard water has a high mineral content, but not the sorts of minerals you want in your hair. Often the water has passed through chalk or limestone, which can cause build-up or residue in your hair, but there are a few things you can try to help your hair feel good faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: Add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a cup of warm water and use this to rinse your hair after shampooing. Some people may need to change the quantities of Apple Cider Vinegar used depending on their needs.
Install a Water Softener: If you live in a hard water area you might choose to install a reverse osmosis filtration system in your house. This will help prevent the build-up of limescale in your pipes and purify the water that you drink. Of course, it’s also great for your hair and skin.
Baking Soda: Some people suggest adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a pint of warm water and using this to wash your hair. It is said to make the water feel softer, allowing your shampoo bar to produce a better lather.
Don’t use baking soda and a vinegar rinse at the same time, as they will react with one another. Please always make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly after shampooing.