You’ve finally made the choice to go natural with your haircare but you’re still unsure what this will mean for you. So we thought we’d pull together all of the information we have on making the transition to natural haircare.
In the shampoo and soap world, there is a lot of talk about pH. But most commonly bars and liquids are referred to as being pH balanced. And what exactly does this mean? To be pH neutral a product must be sitting smack bang the middle of the pH scale which is approximately 7. It means simply that the product is not too alkaline or not too acidic. Water sits at 7 with milk as a 6 and egg as an 8. More and more we’re seeing products being marketed as pH balanced and this supposed to be a good...
In short, soap-based are made from natural oils whereas syndet based bars are basically solidified liquid shampoo. They each serve different purposes and we're going to give you the low down on how to find the best shampoo bar for you.
When making the switch to natural haircare you might experience a period of an oily, dense or waxy feeling. We, natural fellows, refer to it as the transition phase. It can be quite confronting and make your hair feel unwashed. It's completely normal and it is just a sign of product buildup on your scalp. By doing an acid rinse you will help to restore the pH balance on your scalp and remove prior product buildup, thus helping to transition quicker. It will leave your hair silky smooth and tangle free, it's even so good that you mightn't even require a conditioner. Acid rinses are also a must-do for those of us living with hard water (more alkaline) as they're able to balance the pH by dissolving the magnesium and calcium that binds to your hair from the water.