By Karina | July 21, 2008
I am pretty adventurous with my hair. It’s just hair, after all! I did write about my baking soda/vinegar hair care regime here, and how even though it worked really well I quit because it just took too darn long. I think I kept it up for about 5 months.
In general, I’m looking for easy – my hair is full (at times kind of wild) and has a tendency towards big and can get frizzy if I’m not careful. I’ve been learning that I need to keep it moisturized carefully to keep it a little smaller and tamer. Plus, Jenn and I have been really getting into this few-ingredient lifestyle. What’s simpler than that?
After I gave up on the baking soda/vinegar regime, I switched to a Lush shampoo bar and Burt’s Bee’s deep conditioner. I found that I had to use an intensive conditioner because the shampoo bar was leaving my hair extra frizzy. Jenn talked about SLS in her post on toothpaste, and that’s one of the things that makes me question if the reason I’m unhappy with my Lush Shampoo Bar is the SLS. Maybe I’m getting lazy, but it just really seems like a lot of work to be making up for a failing of shampoo by piling more conditioner on my head. Long story long, I’m nearly out of the Burt’s Bee’s conditioner (which, by the way, comes in a plastic container, which is just about the only reason why I’m hesitant to buy another one) so I think it’s the perfect time to find another shampoo bar to use that doesn’t dry me out.
[[There is some hope, though - it turns out that Lush has quit using SLS in many of their solid shampoo bars! So if I ever get around to making another trip to Lush, I'll pick up a SLS-free bar and give it a whirl. Maybe without the SLS my hair would be happier?]]
During this investigation I’ve really started to question something very basic: what is my hair supposed to feel like? I have a theory that conventional shampoos strip your hair of natural oil and then you have to load them back on in the form of conditioner, which is not necessarily oils, but might also be silicone or weird plastics. Of course this is all surmise on my part. No science or investigation.
So this is what I’ve been experimenting with in the last couple of weeks. I wanted to stick to shampoo bars because I love the minimalist packaging. I found a couple that looked promising:
- First I ordered a Grand Poo Bar from Olin Handmade. I love that I understand what the ingredients are – it’s mostly soap and plant butters and oils. But I’m afraid there were a few too many oils and butters for me because the roots of my hair were a little oily and the length of my hair felt kind of stiff. Of course, then I started to ask myself: what is hair supposed to feel like? Is this it? but even if it is, I can’t handle it right now. It’s a little bit too much too soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if my hair just isn’t the right texture for this bar, but I will probably give it another chance later.
- The next one I’ve been trying is the Sweet Orange shampoo bar from Dress Green. I read about it on Pretending Sanity’s blog, and it sounded perfect. She wrote “It cleans my hair perfectly leaving it smooth and full and I don’t even need conditioner!” and that sounds exactly like what I am looking for. So I tried it, and it is easy to use, lathers up really nicely, and doesn’t seem to leave my hair too dry. I tried it without conditioner and my hair was almost too full but it didn’t feel dried out or overly oily.
And? So far so good with the Dress Green shampoo bar. I haven’t had to condition my hair at all, and actually, I have to be really careful to wash the top back of my head because the shampoo bar is kind of direct, and doesn’t leave a lot of room for error – so you can’t really miss any spots because then they won’t be clean. I am pretty happy with how my hair feels after shampooing my hair 3 times with it, and I’m going to keep going with it to see how it works out.
What shampoo do you use? How do you think your hair is supposed to feel?
Photo from flickr user lucepotabile via creative commons license.
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