Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wash and Learn - All About Shampoo Bars and Natural Hair Care

What is it?
A Shampoo Bar looks practically the same as your typical bar of soap, which you would use to wash your hands or face. The only difference is that this bar is used on your hair. The best thing about shampoo bars, is the fact that they are made using 100% natural ingredients, creating a shampoo that is deep conditioning, fluffy, takes care of your scalp, without stripping it of it's natural oils, like some harsh shampoos can do, and just looks after your curly hair.
Since they contain nothing but natural ingredients, shampoo bars do not contain any artificial perfumes, alcohol, animal products (meaning that they are perfect for Vegans), harsh synthetics, no unnatural preservatives, no artificial colours or any other kind of nasty that could cause you and your hair damage.
And if that wasn't enough, shampoo bars have been lovingly made by hand.
Do Shampoo bars lather up like normal shampoo?
Of course they do. Typical liquid shampoos rely on unnatural synthetic ingredients that are added by the large companies that manufacture them en masse. These ingredients are harsh, but create the lather effect that you will be familiar of.
Harsh ingredients that cause the lather include:
• Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES),
• Cocobetaine and/or Propylene Glycol

These products would be completely redundant, if natural ingredients were not removed.
Shampoo bars, on the other hand, are created in small amounts by specialist companies, and the bars contain a natural form of glycerine, that the major companies will have unnecessarily removed during the process. Glycerine not only takes care of your scalp and hair, but also lathers up just as nicely as nasty-filled liquid shampoos.
All natural shampoo bars contain are organic butters and oils, with absolutely nothing icky!
The glycerine, of course, isn't the only ingredient that ensures you get a lovely rich lather out of your shampoo, but it is also created using fatty acids that contribute to the effect.
Fatty acids exist inside several different types of oils and butters, and are made up of:
• Lauric
• Oleic
• Ricinoleic
• Stearic
• Linoleic
• Palmitic
• Myristic
• Linolenic
Each of the fatty acids create a different type of lather, in a product, so depending on which ingredients a shampoo bar contains, determines how the product will lather up for you.
Palmitic, Stearic and Ricinoleic all create a smooth, cream-like lather, with plenty of poppable bubbles. Whilst, Lauric and Myristic both create lathers that have plentiful amounts of bubbles that are deep cleansing.
If you want a shampoo that conditions, you would need fatty acids like Ricinoleic, Oleic, Linoleic and Linolenic to create this, whilst if you were looking to gain a hard texture, Myristic, Stearic, Lauric and Palmitic would be needed to create this.
This lather-effect that is created is the reason that shampoo bars, will never strip your wonderful curly hair of all those essential oils that your hair needs. This is because the lather-effect as mentioned, is caused by molecules or chains of carbon atoms, that a. Attract water, and b. Attract oil, together drawing moisture and oil into your hair.
But won't rinsing, wash the oil and moisture away?
No. Rinsing off a normal liquid shampoo, will cause the oil part of the molecules to wash away down into the depths of the plug hole. This is thanks to the fact that they often contain too much fatty acid. Shampoo bars, on the other hand, are capable of attaching to things on our hair that we don't need, such as dirt, hair products, oils etc and removing them, without stripping your curly hair of what it really needs.
All of this means that shampoo bars (and soaps) are brilliant forms of hair cleansing, and the amounts of glycerine help to protect and smooth not only your hair, but your scalp too. Ultimately, shampoo bars are super gentle on your sensitive skin. Perfect.
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