I’m working on the assumption that most people realise that solid shampoo is a thing…and that it’s a good thing. But for those who are just boarding the solid shampoo train, let’s talk briefly about why you might want to use it.
Solid shampoos use less (or no) plastic packaging, last longer and are often available from local small businesses, which basically makes them the electric car of hair care.
Most solid shampoos do not contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate). SLS is an ingredient in soaps that can cause irritation for some people. The ingredients in standard shampoos build up causing your hair’s oil production to get out of whack, meaning you end up in a vicious cycle of daily washing.
So now we can get started…
Prepare to be patient. Know that there might be a period of protest while your hair gets used to the new regime but it WILL be worth it. Your hair will be smoother and shinier as a result. Not everyone goes through this transition (I didnt), so you might be lucky.
Find a way to keep your shampoo bar dry between uses. This will make it easier to use and it’ll last longer too.
Make your own conditioner with apple cider vinegar. ACV will speed up the stripping out of those nasty buildups, leaving your hair soft and natural.
I’ve gone through a bit of testing to get this right for me. I started out using vinegar diluted in a spray bottle but I found the smell too overpowering. Now, I pour a tablespoon of vinegar into a cup and take it into the shower with me. When I’m ready to use it, I fill the cup with warm water and pour it on my hair, working it in with my fingers. Then I rinse it out.
My hair is as happy as ever with its new routine and I am relieved to have cut out some unwanted plastic waste too. Win, win!