Shampoo? shampoo bar? conditioner? and acidic rinse? What do you really need for your hair? Lately, I have helped and answered many many questions in regards of how to wash your hair and keep your hair and scalp healthy!
First and for most, if you have been using shampoo from bottles, take another look at the ingredients that are listed on the back. Are there emulsifiers? chemical that make bubbles? fragrances? preservatives? Are they labeled as "PH Balance" shampoos?
I would like to think the main purpose of shampoo is to cleanse our hair and scalp. ( P.S. If it is a "true soap" in the shampoo bottle, it is always more alkaline than PH Balanced. ) No matter if you have long or short hair, you want to wash them as 'natural' as possible. All the chemicals, preservatives, color or fragrances that are listed on the bottle will be absorbed by your skin and hair, and some, becomes build up over time.
I have been use soap bars as my daily shampoo since Day 1 when my beer shampoo bar was introduced. Beer has load with nutrients, complex vitamins and enzymes that are suitable for a gentle, cleansing hair wash. It will not leave your hair smell like beer. Instead, the bar has a light, sweet, floral scent PLUS the essential oils we use. For example, the Rosemary Raw Honey Shampoo Bar has a hint of herb from rosemary ( which stimulates hair growth ) and sweetness from mint and orange. The beer shampoo soap is super bubbly from the sugar and honey ( not SLS or any chemically made bubblers!). The soap bar shampoo helps to clean your hair follicles by swell and open up the cells, and truly cleanse the dirt, build up and unwanted oil on your hair and scalp.
After using shampoo bar, we always recommend an acidic rinse for your hair. We suggest use this mixture 2-3 times weekly to keep your hair and scalp refreshed and healthy. You can consider the acidic rinse mixed with natural lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. You can make them as 1 : 1 mixture of water : lemon juice ( or apple cider vinegar ) in a squeeze bottle. I make them as needed, so it is in a small plastic cup.
Here is a typical hair washing routine :
1. Wet your hair throughly,
2. Take a shampoo bar and rub against your hair until there are enough bubbles to give it a massage,
3. Rub, massage, and rinse off all the shampoo,
4. Pour acidic rinse on your hair as needed,
5. Give your hair and scalp an acidic rinse massage while the mixture is still in your hair,
6. Rinse and wash throughly with water,
7. Pad, dry, and style as usual.
P.S. To switch from bottle --> bar soap, it takes about 5-10 days to transition. Use this acidic rinse receipt to help you transition easier over time.
WHAT ABOUT THE ... CONDITIONER??
I haven't used a bottle conditioner just about... forever. The acidic rinse i use through out the week has already helped manage any issues in my hair. While the hair follicles has been opened by the true soap ( an alklined shampoo bar), the acidic rinse helps to close and smooth the hair shaft......hence it feels smooth and looks shinning! The bottle conditioners is NOT an acidic rinse. It often has additives in them that makes your hair feel silky. This is only a temporary effect. You can condition your hair from time to time (or daily) by using drops of hair loving oils, like sesame oil, camellia oil, rose hip or even jojoba oil plus your favorite essential oil. These quality, plant based oils will truly " condition " your hair!!
I use other soap than just beer soap for my hair, such as salt soap ( for loose, volume cleanse ), or soap with clay and high content of olive oil ( if your hair gets oily and greasy easily). Chloemason Soaps are made with "head-to-toe" wash concept. Here are some of the suggestions:
Salt Soap, for volume, Himalayan Pink Salt Lemongrass Shampoo Bar :
Super Conditioning Soap, Honey Sesame & Chamomile Coconut Milk Soap:
Oily Hair that Needs Cleansing + Conditioning:
Well rounded Bubbly Beer Shampoo:
Let me know how it goes! Always feel free to email or message me if you run in to issues with our products or made a new milestone!
We can't live without boo boo sticks in the house......
This oily journey took off in summer of 2016, when Chloe came home from daycare with tons of chigger bites at the panty line area. Of course, I freaked out!!
We had many tubes and jars of bug bite oinment at home before, but none of them worked on chigger bites. It was so itchy that Chloe would scratch till bleed.
I had already start to make balm and soaps then, and there came another challege from my kids: what can i make that can be used as a bug repellent PLUS an salve that will relief the itch, redness, swollen bumps, and to recover the little boo boos faster??
From there, I researched, tested, and learned so much about Chinese herbs, western apothecary, making infused herbs, oils, essential oils... I build on the basic ideas of making salves and balms with the new knowledge, and most importantly, making a product that is 100% natural, healthy and safe for my family.
There are many success stories I can share with you from Day 1. Just most recently, it helped Mason's teacher's arm from a minor burn to recovery (see picture). As of today, Boo Boo Stick remains a top seller at Chloemason's online shop and booth sales. I highly recommend it because my family can't live without it.
This blog is made by Sharon Lee, an artist, soap-maker, and a mom of two beautiful children, Chloe and Mason!!