Chat now! We're online and 'hair' to help.
There are plenty of reasons why shampoo bars have started popping up around drug stores and supermarkets. For one, they're a packaging-free, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional bottles. Secondly, they're the perfect solution for damaged hair and sensitive scalps that react to bad ingredients.
One other reason shampoo bars are fantastic is that you can make them at home and save some cash, using ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen. For the DIY lover, here's how you can make a shampoo bar at home with some simple ingredients and recipes.
Shampoo bars are made through the same process as soap, with near similar ingredients. To make your shampoo bars at home, you'll need a few standard kitchen tools and some key ingredients:
For ingredients, you can pick and choose depending on your hair care needs.
But most importantly, you'll need fat. The fat, which can be oils or lard, is the main component of an all-natural shampoo bar. There are plenty of different types of fat to choose from, each serving a purpose for your hair needs.
Coconut Oil: Perfect for dry and thinning hair; coconut oil helps to promote hair growth and is very hydrating for hair and scalp. It also contains natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive Oil: Best for dull hair that needs some extra shine; contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-bacterial properties.
Avocado Oil: Best for damaged and dry hair; contains some healthy, rich antioxidants, Vitamin E, and oleic acid.
Mango Butter: For the scalps with dandruff; enriched with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and mangiferin.
Cocoa Butter: Perfect for dull hair with split ends; super moisturising and conditioning to help soften hair and protect tresses from split ends.
Shea Butter: A frizzy girl's best friend; high in vitamins A and E to help tame the flyways and moisturise hair.
Secondly, you'll need one or more essential oils. If the fat is the show's star, essential oils are the backup band.
Lavender: Stimulates hair follicles to help strengthen and lengthen hair.
Rosemary: Can help prevent split ends and helps with hair growth and thickness.
You'll also need lye (aka sodium hydroxide) to help bind the ingredients. However, while Lye is often found in handmade soaps, it can cause skin reactions on very sensitive skin. So spot test or use an alternative like baking soda.
The only thing you need to do for curing is to let the shampoo bars rest for a couple of weeks. Then, after 24 hours, remove the bars from the mold and let it cure for at least 4-6 weeks. Curing will help the ingredients settle in and bind together, so it doesn't completely disintegrate in water.
Recommended: Protective Sleep Hairstyles To Avoid Hair Damage
AKA: dry hair that needs some TLC
AKA: oily hair that needs a deep cleanse
AKA: for normal to dry hair with basic ingredients