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Shampoo Bars!

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Shampoo Bars


I've been asked about these more than a few times, and have been making them for our own use for a couple of years now.

With shampoo bars, it's all about the castor oil, which means lots of lovely conditioning bubbles, but they take forever to harden, two months! They also have to sit in the mould for a couple of weeks till they're past the squidgy delicate stage, and we have a few mangled ones in our bathroom soap basket hiding from view.

Castor oil also has a solvent-like effect on other oils, which causes the soap to be suitable for cleaning hair without leaving any residue, and it doesn't leave the hair feeling limp or lank.

I tried the ACV/Bicarbonate of Soda (no poo) method for a few months, and it was OK at first, but eventually my hair felt a bit grubby, so instead I use these shampoo bars or their liquid equivalent, and I can still use the ACV rinse. If you feel that your hair needs conditioning after doing an ACV rinse (that's apple cider vinegar, by the way), you can also make a simple conditioning rinse.

To make a vinegar rinse use 15ml vinegar in 250ml water, and to make a conditioning rinse use 7.50ml glycerine and 1ml lactic acid in 250ml water. Use all of the vinegar rinse for one wash, and use just a few squirts of the glycerine conditioning rinse. How much you use depends on your hair type. Finally, rinse with clean water.

Years ago, I used to make a normal cream lotion-type conditioner, but figured that the glycerine and lactic acid were the most effective ingredients. The other ingredients were just there to create an emulsion.

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