Starting out? New to Solibar?
There are some little tips with the transition process that can help you to achieve that incredible hair that everyone is raving about online. (Check out the reviews here).
- Brush your hair before you wash. - This is a really simple one that will help you to not only wash more effectively but help to remove any hair fall or dander from your strands. A good brush will also gently massage your scalp, stimulate your capillaries and oxygenate your hair follicles. But most importantly you can remove any knots in your hair prior to washing.
- Get the shampoo REALLY lathery. - To do this we recommend for thicker hair rubbing the Solibar directly into your scalp (avoiding any shower spray). Take some time here. Lift up the corners of your hair or divide it into two to get the bar right to the scalp. Your Solibar should foam up after a couple of rubs and you should be able to continue to move the lather around your head. We pay attention to the feel of the hair as we do it. At first, you might feel sticky or clingy, or maybe even oily. Once you move through transition your hair will feel light and fluffy when touched with the lather. Others with finer or shorter hair will be able to lather the bar in their hands before applying the lather to your head. Both ways will work, just find the right one for you.
- Rinse and shampoo again! We’re serious about this one. Not only will you get a better lather on the second wash, but you will reach any of the places that you have glossed over on the first.
If you are still transitioning - go for a third shampoo! We highly recommend this one. Once you go in for the third wash and your hair finally beats transition (previous product build-up is gone) - you will be scrubbing and there will be a moment of soft and fluffy feeling and you’ve done it. See Vicki’s post from the Solibar Society below.
- Try an apple cider vinegar rinse! We recommend an acid rinse to help you move through transition or if you feel your scalp is a little built up. After shampooing is the perfect spot to do it. We recommend 1:3 ratio with ACV to water. If you have fine hair you can try white vinegar or bi-carb soda as the ACV can be very moistuiring. There is a list of other options here. We like to leave it on for a minute to sink and then rise. Some other tips about the miracle that is ACV here.
- Get to the conditioner! As Solibar shampoo does not contain any stripping detergents you might not need to use conditioner at all. (WHY) There are many who do not. But if you are like us and love that extra smooth feeling, we suggest you grab yourself a Solibar conditioner but you only need the smallest amount. Keep it below the ears as sometimes if you condition too high you might find that your hair is doubly nourished. Also if you have used an acid rinse keep the conditioner to a very minimum as the rinse will also condition.
- Rinse and brush! Make sure that you rinse out any of the conditioner first. Then gently brush the water through your hair. It’s a great chance to get rid of any knots that are sticking around. Use a wide-toothed comb or a wooden brush. Be gentle. You do not want to break your hair by being too rough.
- Towel dry and set - Gently pat a towel through your hair being careful not to break any strands. We use this moment to find and set your part. It’s a great time to do another gentle brush to aerate the strands and set into position.
- Hair dry on COOL - Heat tools can be damaging to hair strands, so if you are going to dry your hair we recommend using the cool setting. It’s another great way aerate the strands and give your hair a little bounce.
- Always notice how your hair feels - If it’s feeling a little dense or heavy its might be time for another acid rinse. If it is dry and sticky - likely there is still a lot of previous product build-up reacting with the bars. We suggest grabbing the $4 Tea Tree clarifying shampoo from the supermarket for the next wash.