Still confidential a few years ago, the solid shampoo is still finding more followers. Surely there is no longer to wait for the big hair care brands to start offering it. For the time being, it is mainly specialist brands but also natural products that offer them. Because solid shampoo does without chemicals as much as possible. With formidable effectiveness since natural ingredients correspond to each type of hair and to each problem. This is far from the only advantage of solid shampoo, however. Let's see this in detail!
Solid shampoo, what is it?
Solid shampoo, like its liquid counterpart, is intended to cleanse the hair and scalp. The only difference is that it doesn't come in a bottle but rather looks like bar soap. They come in all shapes and colors. Another difference with liquid shampoo: the composition is much healthier. The vast majority of brands that offer solid shampoos work with natural ingredients. At this point, you are certainly intrigued. Wash your hair with soap? To do what ? And how does it work ? Let's take a look at the benefits of solid shampoo and how to use it. So that you can get started if you feel like it, I also offer in this article a list of ingredients to look for depending on your type of hair and your possible hair problems.
Why switch to solid shampoo?
I see seven great benefits of using solid shampoo to wash your hair. There are bound to be several that are important to you!
Let's start by lifting the veil on a question you may be asking yourself: are solid shampoos as effective as the liquid shampoos we are used to? The answer is a big YES! If you choose a solid shampoo that suits your hair type or the problem you are having, it will be as effective as a liquid shampoo, if not better. In particular, you will find on the Internet many testimonials from men and women who no longer knew what to do to fight oily hair and found in solid shampoo a miracle solution.
We started talking about it: solid shampoo is much healthier than its liquid equivalent. Because the recipe for making a solid shampoo is very simple: a surfactant to clean the hair, solidify the shampoo and make it foam; a mineral or vegetable powder (such as clay), vegetable oil or vegetable butter and essential oils for their benefits. No endocrine disruptors, no questionable preservatives.
The only “chemical” ingredient is the surfactant, which is also found in liquid shampoos. Whether you use one or the other, there are surfactants to avoid because they are way too irritating:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS);
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS);
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS);
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate;
- Sodium Myreth Sulfate.
Of course, there are solid shampoos at all prices depending on the brand you choose or if they contain rare ingredients. But, in general, a solid shampoo will be cheaper than its liquid equivalent.
It lasts longer
If you can say that a solid shampoo is cheaper, it's also because it lasts longer. The price will often be higher for purchase than for a bottle of shampoo.But, depending on how often you wash your hair, a solid shampoo will last you between 6 months and a year, so this is a purchase that you will pay for itself. And you'll only have to think about it twice a year at most.
It's easier to transport
When traveling, carrying a bottle of shampoo is always perilous. And, if you take a plane, there is the issue of fluids you can carry. With a strong shampoo, you won't have this problem. All it takes is a soap box to transport your shampoo without fear.
You can do it yourself
It doesn't take much to make a solid shampoo. So instead of buying it, you can do it yourself. You may have to order some ingredients online, but once you get them, they will last you a long time. The recipe is very simple and it will take you no more than an hour to make one or more solid shampoos. You can then make a big bar of soap that will last you a year or more. You have an hour a year to do this, right? And more, it will be cheaper for you and you will be able to totally control the ingredients.
Whether you make it yourself or buy it, solid shampoo is more environmentally friendly than the liquid equivalent. Mainly composed of natural ingredients and packaged in recyclable or compostable materials, it does not pollute. In addition, it is quite possible to find a brand that makes solid shampoos near you. You thus limit transport and therefore the carbon impact.
What natural ingredients to look for in a solid shampoo?
Switching to a solid shampoo is good, but you still have to choose it well. To help you with that, here is a list of ingredients that you can look for (or use, if you do it yourself) in a solid shampoo depending on your hair type and possible hair issues.
If you have dry hair
For dry hair, it is recommended to use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter or argan oil. Ylang Ylang essential oil is also recommended.
If you have oily hair
For oily hair, jojoba oil is particularly recommended, like tea tree essential oil. Clay and burdock powder are also very effective.
If you have damaged hair
Borage oil and castor oil have restorative properties. Stinging nettle powder is also effective on brittle hair.
If you have curly hair
To enhance curly hair, there's nothing like broccoli oil.
If you have dandruff
Solving a dandruff problem is possible with chaulmoogra oil, cade essential oil and stinging nettle powder.
If you are losing your hair
To strengthen the hair and prevent it from falling out, use a solid shampoo with avocado oil or castor oil and containing peppermint essential oil.
How to use and store a solid shampoo for hair?
You are certainly intrigued by solid shampoo: how on earth do you wash your hair with shampoo that looks like soap? Don't panic, I'll explain the procedure in detail.
The first step, unless you have very short hair, is to untangle your hair. Whether you prefer a comb or a brush, do not neglect the disentangling before each shampoo.
Then, once in the shower, just lather your solid shampoo between your hands, just like a regular shampoo.Then use the palms of your hands to massage your scalp. Repeat as many times as you think necessary. And no need to wash the tips: they necessarily receive a little shampoo, which will be enough to clean them. So your hair will be resplendent and the shampoo will not have too tangled.
No need to shampoo multiple times like some people usually do. A single shampoo is enough and, if you redo one, you will attack them. You will therefore lose efficiency. Especially with the solid shampoo you should be able to space your shampoos. Once a week is more than enough.
Finally, when you're done using your shampoo, place it on a soap dish to dry. Once it's totally dry, you can leave it there (but be careful that it doesn't get wet every time you shower) or store it in a soap box.
Switching to solid shampoo is therefore a change of habit for the better. Healthier, more efficient and greener, it has it all. So, ready to give it a try?.