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Shampoo bars and soap

Shampoo bars and soap

Even though they look kinda similar, shampoo bars and soap are definitely not the same thing. They’re both for cleaning stuff. But they’re specifically designed to clean different things – hair and skin. Hair and skin have different pH levels so require cleansers with pH levels to suit. Good shampoos should be around 4.5-5.5 (acidic) and traditional soap is usually over 7 (alkaline) so too ‘harsh’ for hair. It is good for shampoo to be acidic (though that sounds weird). According to cosmetic scientist Dr Barbara Olioso, acidic shampoos won’t strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which are...

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Am I doing something wrong?

Am I doing something wrong?

We get asked this from time to time by customers who really want to be using solid shampoo and conditioner bars to cut down on plastic but struggle to get used to using a shampoo bar… “I’ve tried using solid bars before but my hair feels weird or gets tangled and then I can’t get a comb through it. Is this normal? Any advice much appreciated!” And this is Jayne’s usual response… “There is sometimes an adjustment period, usually for the first couple of weeks, when you make the switch. I’d advise, at the beginning, to use the shampoo bar with any liquid conditioner...

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Reverse washing for fine hair

Reverse washing for fine hair

Huh, what’s reverse washing? Well… instead of shampooing and then conditioning, you do the reverse instead. Conditioner on before the shampoo. Why would you do this reverse washing? For fine hair that lacks volume but has dry ends, I usually recommend our Light Conditioner. But for some heads of fine hair, the mere mention of conditioner tends to make it feel greasy, limp, flat or lank. Especially if it’s straight hair, as straight hair isn’t as ‘thirsty’ as wavy or curly hair so the conditioner tends to just sit on top of it rather than work it's way in. For this kind of hair,...

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Adventures in co-washing

Adventures in co-washing

Co-washing (aka conditioner washing) means using conditioner to wash your hair, rather than shampoo. Some people argue that regular shampooing dries their hair out, especially curly hair. As a very dry-haired person myself (wavy and bleached), I was very curious to give conditioner washing a go. Co-washing is recommended for medium to coarse, wavy and curly hair types. The scalp’s natural oils have a harder time navigating the twists and turns of wavy and curly textured hair. It’s not recommended for super fine or straight hair, as these hair types get greasy more easily. If you do have super fine hair,...

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