tWhat is an Old-fashioned strawberry Shampoo Bar?
If your priority in a shampoo is eco-friendly, environmentally safe shampoo then seek out a traditional soap based environmentally friendly shampoo. This is a convenient and traditional way to wash hair that doesn’t contain the chemicals found in store brand shampoos. That means, no propylene glycol, no sodium lauryl sulfate, no Diethanolamin, no, well strange things – just simple, good for your hair saponified oils, proteins, essential oils and Strawberry fragrance.
Shampoo Bars are far more cost effective than liquid soaps. In tests, soap bars last much longer than liquid soaps, probably because you don’t use more than you need. This is both economical AND good for the environment. Soap bars require MUCH less packaging, are lighter to ship, and keep unnecessary chemicals out of the water supply. And, because you are using less soap, it doesn’t take as long to rinse the soap out of your hair!
I refer to this as “old-fashioned” to acknowledge that this is the only kind of shampoo people would have made before synthetic detergents (excluding 100% plant based herbal shampoos like my Shampoo Tea with Yucca) were introduced during the second world war. It’s a good idea to learn more about the difference between traditional soap-based shampoo bars and a synthetic detergent (syn-det) shampoo bars because old-fashioned shampoos are not for everyone or for every type of hair. I explain more in my posts:
Why I make an old-fashioned Strawberry Shampoo Bar
It took me a long time to find a shampoo soap recipe that worked for my hair. Kevin, my husband and partner in the business isn’t very effusive about much but he is about shampoo bars. Although I’m betting he wouldn’t pick the strawberry one. He loves how convenient it is, that he isn’t forced to use more than he needs, how it feels clean and adds body to his hair.
Before liquid shampoo, soap bars were the norm. I love this version of my shampoo bar with honey -which is a great humectant – and the Strawberry fragrance. Argan and Jojoba is used in high-end hair conditioners.
WHO IS MY STRAWBERRY SHAMPOO BAR FOR?
This Shampoo Bar is especially great for people who want to add body to the hair. It can also make hair curlier for some types of hair. I recommend it for people with short hair mostly but some people with long hair have also liked it. It works best with soft water as traditional soaps do not work as well as synthetic detergents do in hard water. Also, old-fashioned shampoo bars are high alkaline by their nature and can’t be adjusted much. Some hair likes this but if you hair is very damaged or processed, you might want to consider a synthetic detergent bar (like mine) that is lower Ph and gentler on hair.
WHY IS MY STRAWBERRY SHAMPOO BAR SPECIAL?
Not all shampoo bars are the same. Some famous companies actually use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as their first ingredient which sort of negates the reason to go to a shampoo bar in the first place. My Strawberry Shampoo Bar is made with only saponified oils. I add the Jojoba and Argan after the saponification process so it is available to condition your hair more.
Saponified Oils of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Organic Palm Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Beeswax and fragrance.
I make my Strawberry Shampoo Bar from scratch using the best ingredients I can while keeping the cost to you reasonable.
For short hair, wet and lather up. For longer hair, it is easiest to part hair in sections and focus on the scalp. Longer hair might benefit from my rosemary water, Apple Cider Vinegar Spray to smooth hair cuticles.
DIRECTIONS FOR USING MY SHAMPOO BAR
For short hair, wet and lather up. For longer hair, it is easiest to part hair in sections and focus on the scalp.
I recommend using a Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after use especially for longer hair. Not only will it rinse out any hard water minerals, it flattens the hair cuticles and there is some evidence that ACV helps with eczema too. I advise using Distilled water (because it is soft water and will make your hair look nice) and no more than 10% ACV. You can also follow with your favorite conditioner, which might make it unnecessary to use an ACV rinse). If making your own rinse isn’t your thing, you could try my Rosemary Water & Apple Cider Vinegar Spray to smooth hair cuticles.
FINAL NOTES REGARDING MY STRAWBERRY SOAP BAR.
Chemical free soap using saponified oils isn’t going to be for everyone, especially for those with challenging longer hair. I like to mix up my types of shampoos and having been doing it all my life, alternating between them. I have a Yucca shampoo that I really like that contains synthetics and also a traditional herb shampoo that you mix like tea before using.