Natural shampoo bars are a great alternative for standard shampoos that we use.
They are very gentle on your scalp and can remove all the dirt, sweat, pollution from the scalp and make it clean.
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- ⅔ cup of coconut oil
- ¾ cup cool distilled water
- ⅔ cup oil like Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil Castor Oil Wheat Germ Oil
- ¼ cup lye – also called 100% sodium hydroxide
- 2 tablespoons essential oils, optional
- Measure water into a vessel made of glass or stainless steel.
- Measure the lye to make sure you’ve got an exact 1⁄4 cup.
- Have a ready spoon.
- Stirring, slowly pour the lye into the water as you pour, NEVER the other way around.
- Continue to stir until the mixture starts to become clear.
- Allow cooling of the lye/water mixture to cool down a bit.
- Pour the lye into the oils slowly, and mix.
- Stir by hand for the next 5 minutes.
- This will allow as much of the oil molecules as possible to come into contact with as much of the lye.
- Use a hand blender after 5 minutes to mix.
- Blend until, like vanilla pudding, the mixture is thick.
- If you have reached the texture of the pudding, you should apply another tablespoon of oil.
- It could be a grape seed, castor oil, or some other oil of your choosing.
- This extra oil will give your homemade shampoo bar extra moisture, and the oil will not be used by the lye, allowing it to add extra conditioning to your hair.
- At this point, you can add optional essential oils as well.
- To mix, whisk thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture of soap into molds and cover them with plastic wrap.
- Leave it in a dry place and turn it around once a week.
- After about 4 weeks, your homemade shampoo bars can be used.
How to Use a Bar Shampoo
- Wet your hair thoroughly.
- Rub the shampoo bar from the scalp to the ends, covering each part of the hair, or rub between your hands to produce a beautiful, foamy lather.
- Act on your hair with shampoo, gently massage the scalp, and work straight to the ends.
- Rinse thoroughly and proceed with your usual conditioner:
A Few Insights
- Using lye, remember to be very patient.
- If not treated properly, it may cause burns.
- In the possibility of spills, have some white vinegar handy.
- Don’t add dried herbs to this soap.
They can get caught in your hair and be hard to remove.
- This soap can be made in a large mold as well.
Break it into bars as you remove it from the mold for the first 24 hours. If you wait too long, they’ll be too hard to cut.
It will help restore hair to a good pH level, add shine, and prevent buildup by using a natural hair conditioner.
1. It is Powerful
Shampoo bars are as effective as our liquid shampoos.
It will be as good as a liquid shampoo or even more if you pick a shampoo bar appropriate for the hair nature of the issue you are having.
2. This is Clean
Far healthier than its liquid counterpart is the shampoo bar.
Since it is very easy to make a shampoo bar recipe: a surfactant to clean the hair, solidify the shampoo and make it foam; vegetable oil or a vegetable butter and, for their benefit, essential oils.
The surfactant, also used in liquid shampoos, is the only ‘chemical’ element.
3. It’s Less Costly
Of course, depending on the brand chosen or whether it includes uncommon ingredients, there are shampoo bars at all costs.
But a shampoo bar, in general, would be cheaper than its liquid counterpart.
4. This is Green
The shampoo bar is much more environmentally friendly than the liquid-equivalent, whether you do it yourself or you buy it.