Introducing our Conditioning Shampoo Bar
We've seen all sorts of No 'Poo Challenges swarming around on social media and email chains and we've been curious about how not using commercial liquid shampoo could actually improve the health of our hair. People report amazing changes to their hair and scalp condition and swear they will never go back to using commercial liquid shampoo. There are many different shampoo alternatives, most of them relying on kitchen cupboard ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar. That approach sounded pretty good to us especially since we make our soap from food-grade ingredients and a lot of times from our own kitchen pantry. But it seems that while we are pretty picky about what we eat and put on our bodies, our values must have stopped at our heads since our shower is filled with name-brand shampoos, conditioners, and hair beautifiers. On top of that we would then liberally use hair spray, spikey stuff, tamer, curler, hot iron, hot dryer, pomade, oil therapy and more to either fight, tame, or change the way we wanted our hair to look and behave ( but we gave up highlighting and coloring over a year ago). Yikes! For two girls who strive to live simply, we have recently realized that the chemicals we have been adding to our hair and scalp probably could be eliminated and swapped out for more natural products and the No 'Poo Challenge was a great place to start.
Around this same time our hairstylist mentioned that she had been using our Citrus Castile soap bar instead of liquid commercial shampoo and had seen some really nice changes to her hair. We gave it a try and loved the results that we saw in our hair in just a few days and then decided that we wanted to make a shampoo soap bar recipe that would contain oils that would give hair extra special treatment and condition. As we do, we delved into loads of research and chatted with old-tyme soapmakers on the listservs and performed lots of recipe experimentation until we created a soap bar base with 6 oils that will gently cleanse and condition hair. We made an experimental batch, let it cure for a few months, and then took the shampoo bar for a test run. We tossed all remaining commercial shampoo and conditioner products out the door (but put the bottles in the curbside recycling bin of course) and only used the shampoo bar to wash our hair.
Kumbha Moon's Conditioning Shampoo Bar is made from our custom recipe using six different oils that are known to be gentle and conditioning for hair: coconut (cleansing), pure imported Italian olive oil, castor oil (condition and natural lather), canola oil, avocado oil (rich in vitamin E for elasticity), vegetable oil, and jojoba oil (for hydration and volume), Country Honey (for natural lather), and essential oils of rosemary and organic peppermint for a nice scalp tingle. The higher percentage of coconut oil means that hair will be gently cleansed without stripping away the natural nutrients and the conditioning oils will never leave your hair feeling greasy or limp. The Conditioning Shampoo Bar delivers loads of natural lather without the chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate that the commercial companies use to artificially create lather. Even though lather isn't necessary for cleansing or conditioning, we've been wired to think that something with lather works better.
We recommend that you first thoroughly wet your hair. Then grab your Kumbha Moon Conditioning Shampoo Bar and work up a nice amount of lather in your hands. Put the bar down and start to massage the lather through your hair. If your hair contains residue from products such as hair spray or styling gels, the natural lather might not develop fully so we recommend that you rinse the lather from your hair and repeat the process. Once the hair spray and styling gel resident are rinsed away, the natural lather should fully develop and you can massage it through your hair to cleanse and condition. If you really want a head full of lather, you can also rub the Conditioning Shampoo Bar directly onto your fully wet hair and massage to develop additional lather. Rinse fully under warm water and you will notice that your hair will be squeaky clean. Very gently pat dry with a towel. Try to challenge yourself to reduce the amount of styling product and hair spray to fully experience the benefit of using a botanical soap bar instead of commercial shampoo to see how your hair will respond. The Conditioning Shampoo Bar also makes a super rich body soap too so feel free to use it liberally on all your parts! Good luck!