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My natural homemade Coconut Shampoo Bar for Dry and Curly Hair

Today, let’s talk Natural cosmetics and shampoo bars.

Do you remember my shampoo bar on Instagram? You know the rose one…sure you know. I was really tempted to try and make my own shampoo bar.

Rose shape Coconut Shampoo Bar for dry and curly hair

Why Did I decide to stop traditional shampoos for no poo or shampoo bar? I was just tired of loosing my hair and spending a huge amount of money in nocive and clearly useless products. All this waste of packaging was also one of my motivation factor and wanted to stop using any product containing SLS {Sodium Laurel Sulfate}.

Surely, I was scared of switching to a shampoo bar and have a fear that it will mess up my hair. Switching your beauty routine is frightening! It took me months to build up the courage! If you’re on the fence or just want to know a little more about how they work– then let me explain!

Shampoo bars are actually solid bars of soap that are made specifically for hair. In fact, they were commonly used before our traditional shampoo and conditions were invented.

Most people find benefits to switching to a shampoo bar such as increased volume, faster growing hair, reduced dandruff, shinier hair and less frizz.  If you have curly hair, most people say they that they have more defined curls with better control which for me was quite a convincing point. Shampoo bars are good for all hair types and hair lengths. They are easy to use and you can formulate/create them depending your needs.

The majority of shampoo bars are all natural and DO NOT contain SLS/SLES {sodium laurel sulfate / sodium laureth sulfate} or other harmful chemicals, but always check the label to make sure! SLS/SLES can cause dry, itchy and irritated scalp. It can also dry out your hair, and contribute to hair loss, especially if you shampoo every day!

Another thing I started, I try not to wash my hair more than once a week and since I am doing this I have seen a great improvement. I first used Hair Mask or No poo for washing my hair with ayurvedic powders. I have shared with you one of my favorite recipe for the moment : my No poo Hair Mask recipe for dry/curly hair. I really love the results and still doing it once a week. This is part of my new haircare routine and I am enjoying it, so do my hair!

no poo mask recipe for curly hair

As a habit now, I always finish to rince my hair with an acidic solution: Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to balance my ph hair and have noticed a noticeable improvement. It is really reassuring to know exactly what you put on your hair and see the results. If something is not working, you do not have to buy a new 250 ml shampoo, just change one of your ingredients: it is finally so easy and far more healthy for me and for the planet!

So as I love experimenting, instead of buying a ready made shampoo bar, I have decided to make mine with my choice of ingredients.

All my ingredients have been bought on Aroma-zone website for ease of use and convenience {review coming soon and explanation of choice} but you can find them here in UK. The coco silicone emollient is an Aroma-zone product but you can replace it {I guess} by Aloe vera gel.

I choose ingredients for my specific needs, so this shampoo bar is for dry, frizzy and curly hair. I wanted something to nourish them and also condition them. Usually in a shampoo bar recipe, the pourcentage of sodium coco sulfate must be 60% of the total formula but as I am trying to avoid chemicals, I have downed it to 50 %.

Let’s be alchemists together: ready, steady, go!


Ingredients for a 90 gr shampoo bar


shopping list shampoo bar

  • 50 gr sodium coco sulfate: Sodium coco sulphate is an alternative to sodium lauryl sulphate.  Derived from coconut oil, it has been developed to be mild and gentle.  It is a good choice for skin and hair cleansing products where a creamy lather is required.  It has been designed to leave the skin/hair cleansed and conditioned.
  • 15 gr coconut oil: Coconut oil comes from crushed copra, the dried meat of the kernels of the coconut. It is a white, semisolid, highly saturated fat widely used in the manufacture of baby soaps, shampoos, lotions and massage creams. It lathers readily and makes a fine cleanser.  This has excellent moisturising qualities as a huge number of other properties.
  • 10 gr coco silicone Emollient {can be replaced by aloe vera gel} : It is a natural vegetal emollient that has a silicone like effect. It encases the hair and gives to it brilliance.
  • 10 gr Wheat germ oil: Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and vitamin E and has a high mineral content.  Wheat germ oil, which is comprised of long-chain fatty acids that give it emollient properties, can be used to relieve dryness and add softness and moisture to your hair. It can be used in treatments and hair masks to condition and soften your hair too.
  • 10 gr mineral water {or boiled water} : to be used with the coco sodium sulfate
  • Coconut fragrance {not mandatory}

METHOD


 

Always start by putting your gloves on, mask, and safety glasses.
1/ Start by melting the sodium coco sulfate in a hot water bath {bain-marie}  at slow heat with the mineral water. Mix and stir slowly during all the heating process by squeezing the mix on the side of your bowl until you form a homogeneous sticky dough.
2/ Still in a hot water bath {bain-marie}, add the coconut oil, wheat germ oil and the coco silicone emollient then stir well until they melt together before mixing to the sodium coco sulfate dough. 
3/ Out of the hot bath,  add the coconut fragrance to the other ingredients and stir very well and during a long time to obtain a perfect homogeneous dough.
4/ Put a bit of oil on your silicone mould to ease unmoulding your shampoo bar once ready. Fill your silicone mould with your mix by avoiding making bubbles {make sure to out all the air}.
5/ Let It cool in your freezer for around 25 minutes before unmoulding.
6/ Let dry your shampoo bar at room temperature for at least 48 hours before to use.

Be careful, it is quite fragile when unmoulding and please refrain yourself by touching if you don’t want to end up with an unshaped shampoo bar 😛

Note: Little advice, choose a simple square silicone mould or simple shape to start, it makes things easier.


HOW TO USE IT?


 

Very simple indeed : Wet bar and lather in hands. Apply to wet hair, Shampoo and then rinse out. I advise you to rinse your hair using Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice for amazing, bouncy & shiny hair and to get rid of any shampoo residue.

You can prolong the life of your shampoo bar by not leaving it in a soggy soap dish, or in an area where water is constantly flowing. You need to allow the bar to dry in between uses.


RESULTS


First, I was really anxious about using a shampoo bar and do not really believe that it can wash my hair correctly. I can say that I have damaged and unhealthy hair, the reason why I have decided to change everything. 🙂

So first time use was a bit: should I do it or stick to my no poo mask? Why to be so anxious using a natural product? I will never understand how brain washed I am ! I can buy with no hesitation a really harmful product or use a bad one for years without asking myself and now just struggling: sometimes I really feel silly, a bit like when I decided to switch to reusable nappies and CSP { Cloth Sanitary Pads}.

But I eventually USED it! And you know what? It was superb! I am sooooo surprised even today that this bar works very well and wash my hair properly. My hair are more shiny, look healthier. BUT the real change was on my daughter’s hair:  she is 4 and a half years old with very long and curly hair. She already have healthy hair but when I tried the bar on her, her curls were so beautiful! I was a bit like I am jaleous now! I think this formulation works better for her than me actually.

I am still using this bar as you have plenty of use! One bar is equivalent of 3 bottles of 250 ml shampoo.

Rose shape Coconut Shampoo Bar for dry and curly hair

Meanwhile, I love this one as the results are not as best as I hoped {but for my daughter they are}, and because I wanted to find a ready made one and to be able to propose you alternatives, I have decided to go on a HUNT for the best SHAMPOO BARS sellers in UK!

I know that not everyone has the time to “cook” their own natural cosmetics and buying all the ingredients needed can be a bit more expensive than just buying one bar, therefore, stay tuned as I have found some great products out there and some might be your too 🙂

I am quite busy behind the scenes to make sure I can propose you the best things and share the love with you ♥

 

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