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, saponification is defined byMerriam-Websteras‘the act, process, or result of making soap: conversion into soap’.In order to achieve a solid bar of soap, you will need to mix fats and oils with a sodium or potassium hydroxide.
The other incredibly important thing to consider is that shampoo/soap bars thatdo notcontain sodium hydroxide/caustic soda/lye are not natural. These are what are referred to assyndetbars, we’ve written extensively about the difference between natural and syndet barshere.Moreover, the word syndet is derived from the wordssyntheticanddetergent.
The 'transition phase' is something unique to natural haircare in the sense that it's often not talked about. And that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, it just means that the liquid shampoo market has done a lot ignore the fact that there are better options for haircare.
Over the past year, as we've been building our brand and learning about making the switch to natural haircare - we've been asking for feedback on our bars. This is absolutely crucial for us, because whilst we know that we have an amazing natural alternative shampoo, we also know that making the switch is not always quick and easy for some as it is for others.
We know that your hair is as individual as you and this means finding the right Solibar is as important to us as it is for you. We decided it's time to give you the lowdown on our natural haircare bars and help you to make the right decision.
To begin, they all have the same base ingredients like Olive, Coconut and Castor Oil + Shea Butter and their differences lie in their super ingredients which make them better for some hair colours and types over others.
But what do silicones have to do with natural haircare?
We're glad you asked. Having used a product with silicones prior to making the switch to natural haircare can adversely affect the time it takes to transition through to the benefits of natural haircare. The silicone will do its job by repelling moisture and locking you into that deep oily/greasy feeling. To put it simply, natural haircare is not strong enough to remove silicones from your hair and neither is anacid rinse.Natural products can not fight the power of silicone.