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Easy black non-lye shampoo

One might know, that in the old days, people used simply eggs and rosemary oil / water to wash their hair. Even my boyfriends’ grandmother used to still do that!

I haven’t tried this chicken menstruation shampooing yet ( yep, lovely way to put it), but I have read that it’s quite popular in these “no-poo” methods. That’s a method where one tries not to be using any shampoo and hair conditioner at all. Not a method where one stops pooping… Also, some other “natural ingredients only”- bar shampoos and hair conditioners have gotten popular lately too. Bar shampoos have another plus side too: no plastic bottles, chemicals, or extra water just traveling, bottled in a world tour to your shower stand.

I’ve been very curious and interested to try these bar shampoos, cause the shampoo bar sounds so fun and random idea. A lot of cosmetics used to be in a solid state before plastic packaging started to be available. The reason I first didn’t try shampoo bars, was the high price of them. Now, this shampoo bar trend looks like coming from small, often local entrepreneurs. In that sense, the price can be quite understandable ( I am an entrepreneur too, so, I do see the reason there).

I tend to wash my hair daily, and my hair gets super oily in just one night. It is miracle that USA hasn’t landed and tried to free my scalp — there’s so much oil in there every morning. Having a very thin and glasslike, slippery, and fragile hair type doesn’t make things any easier. I started this oily business of my head when I was 9 – and all kinds of expensive professional Bla bla products have been tried during these 20 years. In the end, I’ve been using the cheapest local brand, cause, it works as well as any other. And has a nice bottle.

Some of the shampoo bars are partially black, and partially transparent. For storage of small pieces like this, classic old pickle jar goes well

At first, I did have some olive and coconut oil, which I carefully melted. For this, one needs to be careful, cause oils are easily flammable. Look at some instructions first. Then I melted some pourable soap base, mixed them well together, and added some lavender essential oil and some activated charcoal to give black color. Then I added the mixture into silicone molds, and that’s it.

For a couple of first days, I did have the same experience as many others trying shampoo bars for the very first time; hair felt soapy, slimy, or slightly just oily. However, it wasn’t so bad that what I usually have if I don’t have my daily wash. And after that, it felt just fine, and after a week, it felt like I had just normal shampoo!

When I started to use the shampoo bar, I also switched to apple vinegar rinse. It works nice and was slightly freezing cold since I kept it by the window of our bathroom. First I kept it in the bottle and tried to rinse from there–work fine, but there could be easier methods too. Then I switched to an old-school spray bottle. However, because of the ph of the vinegar, the metal covering of the spray bottle started to get off. So, back to the glass bottle.

After I had used these shampoo bars, I did try shampoo bars from few different brands, and even from local makers. I ordered some lye for myself to start making my own _real_ soap/shampoo but didn’t have time for that in the entire summer.

Even though I didn’t find much difference in some brand-made or me-made shampoos, I found one weird side effect. First, it came after 2 weeks of starting this whole thing. My hairbrush, which usually collects the honorable amount of hair in a week, started also to have this dark lint in it. There was not that in my hair, so I was slightly bamboozled. After reliable research, I found that it’s quite common. Simply one’s scalp just starts to produce more oil and overcompensate when one stops using overly drying market shampoos. The effect went away, and I forgot it.

Later I tried to use only pure olive oil soap as a hair shampoo, and this thing got back worse than ever. At this point, I had stopped to make the apple vinegar rinse, since my hair won’t get tangled anymore. However, the hairbrush was full of that olive oil soap or the olive oil fat after just even few days. The hair just felt silky and nice, nothing to worry about there; it was just the hair comb being disgusting and hard to clean.

This time while searching reedit and interwebs, I found that some ppl claim it’s because of hard water, and some ppl because of not using the apple cider vinegar rinse.

Then I even tried to use a normal local handmade soap as a bar shampoo. Cause normal shampoo is not “over fatted” like shampoo bars. This made my hair to be most silky and shiny than ever. But, after a week, my scalp was so dry and sore, that I woke up and needed to add aloe vera gel all over my head one night. Stopped it there.

I switched for a while back to normal shampoo, cause I was quite badly sick, and had no inspiration to shop any shampoo bars or ask my fiance to do it for me. Laying on the sofa and using his shampoo was the only thing for a couple of weeks back then.

The apple vinegar water rise with some lavender and rosemary. This one was back in the spring, so no leaves in the trees…
Made also some lavender and rosemary olive oil to be used on the shampoo bars later.

That’s it this time!

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