Hair journey continued!
There is a great debate about hair products out there… one being that the ph. of soap-based shampoo is too high and possibly damaging. My mom colors her hair and I wanted to make something a little more color friendly. I also have greys coming in. We shall see if I plan to color my hair in the near future.
My goal as always is to find mild and naturally derived ingredients. Thus Shampoo #4, #5, #6 and #7 were born! These are made with very mellow naturally derived ingredients that will rinse well. I will tell you I still use soap-based shampoos and occasionally use these new ones. Not only to test them out but to help with soap build up. Soon I will get a nice removable shower head that will also help rinse all this thick hair.
These are naturally “derived” ingredients. Not found in nature as they are human made from plants and if you are like me you are going to want to question anything that is not easily pronounced.
Here is a breakdown of the ingredients below found in my shampoo bar 4-7 if you have any questions please let me know!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate- is ECOcert, gentle on sensitive skin, 100% natural surfactant and sulfate free, derived from coconut and palm oil. *this is the only item derived from palm you will find on my site. I do not agree with using palm in large quantities with all the controversy over the deforestation harvests.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - Sulfate free, 100% natural origin, green and biodegradable. Derived from coconut oil.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine- Derived from coconut, sulfate free and gentle.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Butylene Glycol and Cetyl Alcohol - Yes that did say "Sulfate" but it's nothing like you see in most products this is an "quaternary ammonium salt derived from the natural plant oil colza" (canola/ rapeseed), conditioning, great for detangling, smooth feel, fatty alcohol, glycol solvent and environmentally friendly."
Panthenol- is provitamin B5, not derived from animals, no animal byproducts and is cruelty free.
Glyceryl Monocaprylate and glyceryl monoundecylenate- EcoCert natural preservative, made from coconut oil, and paraben free.
If you do color your hair, I would recommend Shampoo #4- #7. Although some can still use soap-based shampoo on colored hair. Haircare is a journey and each their own.
I would love to hear about your experiences please comment below.
The struggle for good hair. It's every day.
Sometimes, your hair just perfectly falls in place. Other days it feels like an our of hot-iron curling and care still leaves it looking like an absolute zoo. I have super-thick hair, so it's always the hardest part of my morning routine!
But I want to give you shampoo options that make your hair and body feel flawless! You deserve it. This month at Wisdom Body & Soul, I'm offering these haircare products for you to try:
1. Shampoo Bar No 1. Orange, Patchouli and Lime
I feel a little cirtus-y sometimes, which is why I think this shampoo is perfect for those who want their hair to feel a little sweeter. This is a soap based shampoo and all-over body bar. Not recommended for colored hair. Rinse well and dry bar between uses. PURCHASE HERE >>
2.Shampoo Bar No 2. Peppermint, Cedar Wood and Sage
Who doesn't love the smell of candy canes? You don't need to be feeling merry to enjoy this sweetly soap, made with the right ingredients to give you calm and a great mood! Not recommended for colored hair. PURCHASE HERE >>
3. Shampoo No 3. Lavender and Frankincense
Now this one is my FAVORITE shampoo I've made, probably because I'm such a freak for lavender. Something about the sweet and strong aroma of lavender immediately puts me in that relaxed zone; Everything lavender! Not recommended for colored hair. PURCHASE HERE >>
4. Shampoo #4 Rosemary and Horsetale
Rosemary is a surefire way to promote healthy locks and who doesn't want a beautiful main with horsetail! Replenish and refresh your scalp -- what could be better? Safe for colored hair PURCHASE HERE >>
Most shampoos on the market today are synthetic detergents. Most shampoos will clean, but they can also strip your hair and scalp. These detergents can be very drying. Some products on the market use synthetic lathering ingredients, petroleum, animal fats, sulfates, silicone, parabens, artificial scents, fragrance and artificial colors. Some detergents can be very mild others not so much. Have you ever noticed you absolutely need conditioner after using some of these shampoos? Haircare does not have to be so complicated or does it?
I made the switch to soap based naturally based shampoo in 2015. I was about 5 months pregnant and it was the start to our 100-degree summer we have here in Arizona. Natural shampoo is the last nontoxic product switch I made in my house.
I started off using Rosemary Gladstar‘s recipe in her book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I love this book she has other fantastic recipes for hair care and recipes for the whole family. Rosemary's shampoo recipe consists of herbal tea, castile soap, essential oils and jojoba oil. This shampoo recipe does need to be refrigerated.
The switch to a natural soap shampoo was not what I was expecting. I had read about a transition time where your scalp adjusts to new products. I want to say it was about 2-3 weeks of very oily hair, not stinky, not dirty just oily for about 2-3 weeks. I never had oily hair before, I always run on dry side. I was ready to give up maybe a week in. I was determined to get thru this, I used homemade dry shampoo of 2T arrowroot powder/ 2T cocoa powder applied with a makeup brush to my roots to help absorb the oils between washes. After this transition my hair is less oily between washes, I do not need to wash it as often, bouncy and just healthy. I did not need conditioner just the occasional oil at the ends. After the initial transition I started to think about what was in my commercial shampoos? What was this transition about? Did my scalp need to detox? I truly believe the products I was using before on my hair and scalp were over compensating removing too much and not leaving any of the good stuff! I really can not say, I just know that I was hooked on using the natural approach to haircare.
I used Rosemary Gladstar's recipe for several years. I did find that making it was sometimes a struggle when I have so much more to do. In 2018 I started making solid shampoos bars. Making solid shampoo is more advanced soap making if you are interested please do let me know and I will point you in the right direction. Switching to a solid does have its own challenges if you are not use to it! I recommend lathering in your hands or directly on your head. Concentrate on cleaning your scalp not your hair. You want to dry your bar between uses or it will stick to your counter. Best part of the solid bar is you get what you need you are not washing it all down the drain. No plastic waste and it really does last a lot longer. A friend of mine with long hair stated that one bar of shampoo #1 lasted 72 washes. Shampoo #1, #2 and #3 are soap based and can be found here.
There is a great debate about solid hair products out there. One being that the ph. of soap-based shampoo is too high and could possibly be damaging. I do on occasion have issues with soap build up. Soap build up could be because of our hard water in Tucson or it could just be its hard to rinse all this hair I have without a nice removable shower head! I do not color my hair, nor use heat and I wash every 2-3 days. I like to use an apple cider vinegar rinse to help with soap build up. I want to believe that synthetic detergents and all these chemical additives are not needed. Really these detergents have not been around as long as soap has in human history. In truth I can only go off my own personal experiences and I can tell you that I love solid soap-based shampoos.
Everyone has their own personal experiences and preferences. My daughter enjoys liquid, we make Rosemary Gladstar's recipe for her hair. I would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences with natural hair care and solid shampoos, please comment below!
If you do color your hair and would like to know more about more naturally derived detergent-based shampoo bars #4 and #5 check HERE! Thank you :)
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