Plastic free shampoo and chemical free shampoo bars are simple zero waste swaps everyone can make today. They add volume to your hair and leave your hair looking shiny and soft. Plus, considering the amount of the stuff we get through in our lives, it seems like a responsible choice to shop for something considerately packaged.
There is usually an ‘adjustment’ period when making the switch to a natural, chemical free shampoo. This can range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how damaged your hair is. As most off-the-shelf shampoos and the chemicals they use strip away the natural protective oils, your scalp produces more oil to compensate for this. Your scalp becomes conditioned to this vicious cycle of excess oil production.
As you transition to a plastic free shampoo bar with natural ingredients, your scalp needs time to rebalance scalp oil production. During this transition period, hair may feel extra greasy or heavy with natural oils.
There are different ways to combat this. You can try a vinegar rinse which helps rebalance the natural pH of your scalp or a solid conditioning bar which helps make your hair more manageable during the transition.
The most important thing we always say is – stick with it! So many times we have heard of a bad hair week after switching to a natural and plastic free shampoo. Some people won’t have any transition period, whilst others might have 3-4 weeks. You will reap the rewards when you come out the other end with super soft and shiny hair every wash, and you will never look back again!⠀⠀⠀
Be patient. Once your hair has adjusted to your new chemical free shampoo, you’ll find you can wash it less and it appears healthier and shinier than ever before.