Over the last few years, I’ve been including more products to my daily routine that are cruelty free, gluten free and contain less chemicals overall. My latest switch was my shampoo and conditioner. After researching ingredients, I was shocked at what I’ve been putting in my hair and on my skin over the last few years!
There are several ingredients used in most hair care products to add shine, as well as smooth and straighten your hair. Unfortunately, these ingredients [sulfates, parabens, silicones, etc.] are not natural ingredients and can be extremely damaging. They can also strip the natural oils that protect your hair. Over time, this can leave your hair feeling dry, brittle and damaged.
A few weeks ago, I ordered Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars. Their bars contain natural ingredients that gently clean the scalp and hair without stripping away natural oils. These ingredients are USDA certified organic, sustainably produced, cruelty free and ethically traded.
If you read the product reviews on their website, many people mention that there might be a transition period for your hair. They say to give your hair 1-2 weeks to adjust to the bars since it has been accustomed to the feel of detergent based shampoo for so long.
Everyone’s experience is different. It may feel greasier than normal or dryer than normal. If your hair is feeling greasy, their website suggests an apple cider vinegar rinse after using the bar. The apple cider vinegar rinse removes product build up and residue, all while adding softness, body, bounce and shine.
Chagrin Valley offers a filter you can use to find the best bar for your hair type. I found that the Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar was a great place to start since it is best for all hair types. I wash my hair twice a week and use an apple cider vinegar rinse after. It’s a huge change and kind of strange not using conditioner at first. I did purchase the Cocoa Butter Whip Hair Balm, but to be honest– I don’t feel that it is completely necessary.
Have you tried shampoo bars? What was your experience and which brand do you use?