The latest craze that is better for your hair...& the planet

Jessie Charlton

Posted on August 09 2018

Having 7 girls with long locks in our house we are always on the lookout for an amazing shampoo that lasts well & makes our hair look lucious!

Solid shampoo bars are the latest craze to hit the haircare market.  Originally used by travellers as an alternative to bulky shampoo bottles in your luggage, solid shampoo bars are now being adopted as the new gentle way to cleanse your hair & bring back its shine

Shampoo Bars are packed with loads of natural products to gently cleanse your hair without stripping your hair of their natural sebum. We are loving the range from Lanies (https://lanies.net/). They are NZ made, hot processed solid shampoo, no nasty additives, no plastic and ingredients that don’t sound like a science experiment.

Of course as an added bonus, they are also a huge winner on the environment. We arent washing all those nasty chemicals down the drain & they come packed either in a tin meaning they are cutting down on plastic shampoo & conditioner bottle use.

It can take a few weeks for your hair to adjust to dry shampoo but stick with it, your hair will thank you!

Sarah from Lanies has come up with these tips to help with the transition from traditional shampoo

When you switch from the standard chemical shampoos to a natural shampoo bar, commonly called ‘the purge’.

When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or a bit of back and forth between the two. Your hair may feel frizzy or waxy like there is a residue still left over in your hair.  Don’t panic, this is just your hair adjusting, your scalp needs time to rebalance oil production.  It usually lasts about a week (depending on how damaged your hair is) and it will go away.

Stick with it, once your hair has adjusted it will feel softer, cleaner and more manageable. This is because shampoo bars CLEAN and CONDITION your hair and scalp without stripping it of its natural sebum. If you have dandruff problems, you may find this clears up because your scalp is not getting dried out and your body is no longer reacting to the chemicals.

Tips for an easy transition:

  1. Use an apple cider vinegar rinse rather than conditioner, this will help to restore the pH balance of your scalp and remove old chemicals. (recipe below). It will also protect the hair shaft and give your hair shine.
  2. Gently brush your hair often, twice a day is good. Brush from scalp to tips to help redistribute your hairs natural oil.
  3. Give your hair a few days in between washings to allow it to adjust
  4. Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all of the shampoo.
  5. Try using a bit of dry shampoo or corn starch if your hair is feeling oily, rub a small amount into scalp then brush through
  6. Try using a little argon oil through your hair to help calm frizz and tangles.

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