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Step 1

Understanding the principals of transitioning and why you should

All hair takes a different amount of time to transition but the longer and thicker it is, the longer it‘s likely to take.

Men, children and women with grey hair find transitioning easy.

On average woman who don’t have grey hair take between 1 to 3 months to reach a balance.

As your hair transitions you’ll feel more and more comfortable with it, so stick with it. In our experience you’ll be happier with your hair at the end of the transition than you were before you started.

Transitioning takes time because shampoos contain cleaning chemicals that strip your hair of natural oils; because of this shampoos use synthetics including silicones to replace the lost oils and make your hair look glossy. The different blends of synthetics is often the reason why your prefer one shampoo over another.

Your body attempts to balance its natural oils by secreting sebum from your sebaceous glands, so when you use commercial shampoos your body produces more oil than it naturally would need to due to the loss.

Soap bars clean your skin and hair naturally so your natural oils aren’t stripped but because your body is used to over producing your natural oils it continues to do so until it realises that it doesn‘t need to and then gradually reduces the amount it produces until it balances out. This is known as transitioning.

If the benefit of balancing your natural oils and having naturally nourished hair wasn’t enough of a reason to transition and use soap over shampoo and conditioner, there are plenty of others including:

Everyone we know who uses soap (not just ours) over shampoo prefers how their hair now looks and feels

It reduces an enormous amount of plastic over your lifetime

Our soaps are ethical

Our soaps only contains natural ingredients, are palm oil free and are vegan friendly

Cruelty free and more eco friendly as less carbon is used in the production

It’s not a liquid so you can take as much of it as you like in your hand luggage

If you buy independent then it supports a maker rather than a corporate

Step 2

Lather up

You may have read that soap bars dont lather as well as shampoo. We can’t speak for other makers but the quality of our formula and ingredients mean our soaps do lather just as much.

You can apply the soap to your hair by either wetting it and lathering it up in your hands and then running the lather through your hair and on to your scalp or by rubbing the bar on your head until it lathers to a consitency that you can then rub through your hair and on to your scalp. Don't be shy with scalp rubbing.

It may feel a bit odd to be rubbing a bar through your hair as you’ll be used to squirting a blob on your hand but it will become natural and we’ve sized and shaped our body and hair bars so they feel comfortable in your hand.

Once your happy with the amount of soap and lather in your hair let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

Unlike most shampoos you only need to do this once and you don’t need to apply conditioner or a hair rinse but you can if you want to.

Hair Rinses & Conditioner Bars
Some soap makers also make rinses and conditioner bars, we don’t because we haven’t found them to be necessary once your hair balances, however if you are struggling with your hair looking greasy, feeling sticky or with dandruff as you transition then we’ll let you in to a secret... apple cider vingegar (ACV).

The rinses available are usually a formula that contains ACV and the reality is that this is all you need, as our soaps already contain essential oils.

To make and use an ACV rinse, mix one part ACV with five parts of water. This can be varied to suit your hair though. The drier the hair the weaker the mix should be and the more oily and greasy the hair is, the stronger the mix can be.

You can pour the ACV mixture straight on to your hair and scalp after you’ve washed or use a spray bottle to apply. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off.

You should only apply an ACV mix every two weeks as you need to allow your hair time to balance itself out.

Step 3

Be patient and don’t be tempted to go back

We know from experience ourselves that transitioning can be tough and most people doubt it half way through but patience will be rewarded, we promise.

To avoid temptation throw out the chemicals and recycle the bottles before you set off.

During the transition stage you’ll probably want to wash your hair a lot more than you normally would which is perfectly fine due to the soap cleaning and removing the excess oil rather than stripping; but you may find that the transition overall takes longer and you get through your soap quickly.

The longer you can leave your hair between washes the quicker the transition but in the grand scheme of things it‘s better to be comfortable so do what suits you.

When you’ve balanced your oils you’ll know by feel and appearance.

Once you’ve reached this stage we’d love to hear from you as we would like to start sharing the experiences of other on here.

Other Tips and Considerations

◆ Be aware that not all body and hair shampoo soap bars are as ethical and natural as others and a lot including a popular hugh street brand contain palm oil that is said to be ’sustainably sourced‘.

◆ Our soaps are safe for use on children. We also make a baby soap that is even more sensitive and soft that you may prefer to start with on your children.

◆ Water is the key to a good lather. Too much water and you’ll be washing it a way and too little you wont get the same results so get your hands really wet before you start or use a wet face cloth to build it up.

◆ The thicker your hair the more you’ll need to try and work it in to your scalp to reach your roots.

◆ Brushing your hair twice a day during transitioning will encourage the spread of you natural oils through your hair and make it easier to remove excess oil when you wash it. You may find that your hair is more knotty than normal, this will pass but whilst it is you may find it easier to use a wide toothed comb.

◆ Soaps work best with soft water so you may find it take a little longer to transition if you have hard water but without comparison you probably won't notice the difference.

◆ Hormones effect the amount of sebum your body creates. Therefore young woman and woman during pregnancy and post pregnancy are likely to take longer to transition; and woman post menopause are likely to find it easier.

◆ A one off of shampoo use if you have to i.e. you've forgotten your soap won't do too much damage but we recommend trying to avoid it. Hairdressers are usually very accomodating if you take your soap with you for example.

If you have any questions or concerns that aren’t resolved by this guide hit the ‘Support Button’ below. We’ll be happy to help.

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