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Many commercially available shampoos contain harmful ingredients that can remove the necessary oils from your scalp and hair and can actually hurt more than help. At Goat Milk Stuff, we make a solid shampoo bar as a natural alternative that can improve and maintain the health of your hair and scalp.
We do not add any harsh chemicals such as SLS to our shampoo bar because we believe that using fewer chemicals benefits your health and your hair.
"Love it! As an older woman, some shampoos really dry my hair. Your Unscented bar cleans well, leaving my hair soft with great texture. I am tossing all my leftover bottles!" - Lesley B.
My boys regularly get "buzz cuts" and have very little hair to wash. They use our regular goat milk soaps in their hair. Jim uses the Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap, but the boys use whichever scent they currently have in the shower.
The shampoo bar differs from our regular soap in two ways. First, we infuse nettle and rosemary into olive oil for the shampoo bar. Nettle and rosemary have properties that are beneficial to hair. Rosemary is often considered a stimulating herb that will promote healthy hair growth. Nettles are believed to strengthen hair and prevent hair loss because they are nutrient and mineral rich.
"Highest rating for this super wonderful shampoo. It is so soothing and lathers very well. Left me feeling so calm and refreshed. Love the smell, love how soft it is. It is wonderful, I love it, I will most definitely order this Rosemary Mint shampoo again." - Penny M.
We have found that different people prefer to use the shampoo bar in different ways. We recommend that if you have shorter hair, you start with one or two swipes of the soap across your hair. Then lather and spread through your hair.
For longer hair, produce a lather in your hands and then rub onto your scalp and spread it through your hair. You can experiment with both ways to see which method you prefer.
"I swear by goat milk soap for my skin but this is the first time using the shampoo bar. Before I'd even completely rinsed my hair, I could feel my (2 c) curls coming alive. My hair is soft, almost no frizz. No need for a separate conditioner. I've used other shampoo bars. This is the first time my scalp doesn't itch." - Kimberly M.
No matter the length of your hair, you want to be sure to massage your scalp as you are using the shampoo bar. The scalp produces oils that protect the hair shaft and prevent breakage. So when you are washing your hair, it is just as important (if not more important) to clean the scalp and not just the hair.
Conventional hair products continuously strip the natural oils, thereby causing your scalp to produce excess oil. Many people find that their scalp adjusts immediately to a natural shampoo. But for others, it can take several weeks for your scalp to adjust to the shampoo bar and stop producing excess oil.
Because everyone's skin (and scalp) is different, we can't tell you how long it will take. But I don't know of anybody who has committed to make the switch who hasn't adjusted to it. If your scalp doesn't immediately adjust and your hair is feeling yucky, you may just need to give it some time. Your scalp will eventually adjust if you are patient.
"I love it more than my salon shampoo!! This Rosemary Mint Shampoo bar works so well - better than my expensive salon shampoo! And, oh my goodness, it smells so good - without being overpowering. I do not wash my hair everyday, but I actually look forward to hair washing days so that I can use this shampoo. Also, since I've been using goat milk soap, shampoo, and lotion and ditched all the chemical body products, I have been sleeping better. Thank you for such wonderful healthy products!" - Naomi G.
When using the shampoo bar, it is also very important to not use too much. Using too much of the shampoo bar can cause sticky and heavy feeling hair. It takes very little shampoo bar lather to get the job done. Please remember that store bought shampoos lather so much because they typically have SLS, a foaming agent, added. This extra foam does little to actually clean your hair and is unnecessary, so don't try to match it.
Simply focus on trying to clean your scalp.
When using the shampoo bar, rinsing may need to be more thorough than with conventional shampoos. Every time you wash your hair, rinse very well with warm water then finish with cool water.
Your hair may also benefit from a weekly vinegar rinse. Simply bring some diluted apple cider vinegar into the shower and do a final rinse with it. The vinegar scent will disappear as your hair dries.
"I just went to my stylist to get my hair cut and she noticed a difference, a positive difference. Not that my hair was unhealthy before but it is definitely improved. She was so impressed she wanted to know where I got my shampoo from. I absolutely love it!!!" - Mary B.
Many people find that once their scalp and hair have adjusted to the shampoo bar, they no longer need any conditioning. If you find that your hair still needs a conditioner, put a pea sized amount of coconut oil on your hands and rub it together. Smooth through your hair, particularly the ends. You can experiment with the amount used and whether you apply the coconut oil to wet or dry hair. Different people prefer different methods. But if you use too much, your hair will be heavy and greasy instead of conditioned.
"I love the Tea Tree Shampoo bar, and I will never use shampoo from a bottle again, unless I just can't afford the soap bar anymore. I don't have to use any conditioner on my hair at all, and I had some problems with psoriasis and they're almost completely gone!" - Laurie J.
Our family has been using the shampoo bar for years and never needed a conditioner during our original transition period but one of our customers kindly shared what worked for her. We’ve since shared this recipe with others and it seems to work well for them.
The customer who shared this recipe with us did not experience any buildup on her comb and told us that combing her hair was very easy. She let us know that it worked well as a conditioner, removed the “waxy” feeling from her hair she experienced during the transition process, brought the shine back to her hair and both her hair and scalp look and feel healthy.
She did not experience any extra oily-ness after using this mixture, but depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you may need to adjust the amount of the mixture you try.
This recipe is not recommended for daily use but if you love it, it can be used as a weekly treatment.
Please be aware that everyone's hair is different. The best advice is always to experiment until you discover the method that works best with your individual hair.
And then please let me know what works for you so I can share it with others!
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