Posted by Bonnie
Ok so you’ve made a shampoo bar and you’ve use it a few times and you’re ready to quit. Your hair feels like it is in desperate need of conditioner, or it feels gunked up. WHY! You thought this luxurious natural product would change your hair for the better, right? Sssshhhh. Don’t worry. It will!
Your hair ph is generally between a 4.5 and a 5.5 meaning it is on the acidic end of the scale. Why? Your body is protecting itself against things like fungus and bacteria, and any other little nasties that would like to make a home on your head. It is an inhospitable environment for those guys, and when your hair remains acidic and happy your hair cuticle remains closed. A closed cuticle means smooth feeling and shiny looking hair.
What is the ph of a shampoo bar? Uumm…. itssomehwerearoundanine. I thought if I said it fast enough it would make it better. It doesn’t. A shampoo bar is somewhere around a nine on the ph scale, making it a basic. And when you wash your hair with a shampoo bar it raises the ph of your hair. So while you are giving your hair beautiful, natural and beneficial oils to work with it is still unhappy. It wants to be more acidic. Adding some citric acid to your shampoo batter can help add acidity and reduce ph, but the best thing to do it to add an acidic hair rinse in place of a conditioner to smooth everything out and restore your hair to it’s happy place.
The most common acidic rinse that you can make at home has an apple cider vinegar base and while this sounds stinky, it’s not. Once the vinegar dries the scent dissipates. The other thing you can do to make the vinegar smell more appealing during application and after is to infuse it with something that smells good. I love lavender in general so it was obvious for me to use lavender buds to scent this rinse. Bonus: Lavender has been said to have regenerative properties to help your hair grow. Sweet, longer stronger thicker hair here I come! You can boost the fragrance to your preference by adding some essential oil.
This is called a rinse, but you don’t have to rinse it out. If you decide to rinse just let it sit on your hair for a minute or two before hand. I apply mine using a spray bottle to make sure that most of my mixture ends up on my head and not down the drain.
- 1 cup water
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lavender buds (or other dried herb of your choice)
- essential oil (optional)
- Add one cup of hot water to a glass container
- Add your lavender or other dry herb / flower / leaves etc
- Add your apple cider vinegar
- Allow everything to infuse for a minimum of 1 hour. Longer isn’t necessarily better, it will just result in a stronger scent.
- Strain your liquids into another container using cheesecloth to catch the flower buds.
- Pour into your spray bottle and enjoy your new rinse!
This dramatically improves the feel after using a shampoo bar, and allows the oils in the bar to really ‘shine’ and make your hair feel softer. Really long hair may still need a bit of help though, and if you’re finding this is the camp you fall in try adding some argan or jojoba oil to your mixture about 1 tsp at a time. Shake it will before spritzing onto your hair.