Conventional shampoo is FILLED with cancer-causing chemicals: make your own coconut oil shampoo bar

“Shampoo bar?” I said to myself when I first heard those words being used side by side. Sounds like something my dad would use. We don’t often associate a cleansing bar with something that goes in our hair. It’s something I would use on my body or face, but I would never have thought to use it in my hair. It wasn’t until I looked into this foreign concept that I discovered how revolutionary shampoo bars really are.

For those of you who are also new to this idea, shampoo bars are solid bars – similar to soap bars – that are made specifically for your hair. More and more women are making the switch from traditional shampoos to shampoo bars, saying they’ve found the latter to have more benefits for their hair.

Benefits of Shampoo Bars:

  • Increases volume
  • Helps hair to grow faster
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Leaves hair shinier and doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils
  • Hair becomes less frizzy
  • Scalp doesn’t result in dryness
  • For curly hair, curls are more defined
  • More gentle on your hair, helping you to retain its colour and moisture
  • Quicker showers because you can forego the conditioner and not have to wait for it to set
  • Cost-effective and one bar lasts for months
  • Made with natural ingredients, unlike traditional shampoos that contain chemicals

The thing with cosmetics is, makers and manufacturers don’t always have your best interest at heart, especially when that interest is health-related. Their top priority is to sell. As a result, even some of the most well-branded companies might end up taking shortcuts in order to get their products off store shelves and into your homes. One of those products is shampoo.

Traditional shampoos you buy, such as Pantene Pro-V, contain a harmful compound called sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS/SLES). This ingredient acts as a foaming agent and is what allows you to get that luscious lathering experience when washing your hair (this is the one downside of shampoo bars as they don’t lather as well). However, it also poses a great danger to your health. Studies have found that this chemical may be responsible for skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, and possible mutations and cancer.

SLS/SLES also cleans the oils from your hair; however, in the process it strips your hair of its natural oils as well. Just like natural sugars found in fruit are good for us, so are the natural oils found in our hair. When these oils are completely removed from your hair, it prompts your scalp to produce an excess amount of oils to compensate for the loss, thus leaving your hair even more greasy than it was before. By removing SLS/SLES from your hair care regimen, your hair can rebalance itself and produce the right amount of oils it needs.

When it comes to washing your hair, you should never have to deal with oily roots. For a deep cleaning shampoo that gently moisturizes your hair without leaving it greasy, check out this tutorial on how to make your own coconut oil shampoo bar:

Coconut Oil Shampoo Bar Recipe

Ingredients
For Normal Hair

For Dry Hair

Equipment:

Photo Tutorial:
Step 1: Weigh all your ingredients.

Step 2: Add the coconut oil to the crockpot and set it to low. (It’s okay if it’s in solid state – it will melt quickly!)

Step 3: Add water to a medium-sized glass or ceramic bowl and take it outside along with the lye and long-handled spoon.

While wearing your protective gear and taking care not to breathe the vapors, slowly add the lye to the water while mixing gently. Order is important here, so make sure it is the lye you’re pouring into the water.

The mixture will get very hot so be careful! Let it transition from cloudy to clear, then bring it inside. Let cool for 5-10 minutes while you work on step 4. (Note: If you use a wooden spoon make sure it is dedicated to soapmaking – do not use it in your kitchen for preparing food. A stainless steel or plastic spoon can be washed and used for preparing food after making soap.)

Step 4: Carefully add lye to crockpot and stir a few times.

Step 5: Using the stick blender start mixing until the mixture has the texture and thickness of a light pudding.

Step 6: Cover and cook on low for approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. During this process the oils should rise up the sides like a wave and then fold back into the mixture. Mine usually takes 45 minutes, but the cooking time will vary depending on how hot your crock pot is. Check on it often.

Step 7: When the soap is ready it should look a little like semi-translucent vaseline with no oil puddles in the middle. In order to see if it’s done take a bit of the soap and rub it between your fingers. It should feel a bit waxy. Then touch it to your tongue – if it ‘zaps’ you, then it’s not done. Note: It’s really important to ensure all the lye is converted, otherwise the finished soap can burn. If you want to avoid the risk of getting ‘zapped’, you can also check the soap by dipping a PH test strip. Wait several minutes for it to fully change color. It should be between 7-10. If it is higher than 10 it needs to cook some more.

Step 8: Add essential oils (optional).

Step 9:  Spoon mixture into your mold and let cool.

Step 10: Cut the bar as soon as it’s cool and firm. Unlike other bars which need to harden for 24 hours before being cut, coconut oil makes a very hard bar that will be difficult to cut if you let it dry too long.

Step 11: In an area with good air flow, such as a kitchen counter, place bars on a rack/tray with about an inch of space between them. Allow them to dry out and harden for another few days. Though you can try your first bar right away, it’s best to let them sit for 2-3 weeks to let the conditioning properties fully develop.

Shelf Life
About 1 year when stored in a cool, dry place.

Sources:

http://www.mommypotamus.com

http://wellnessmama.com/

http://www.overthrowmartha.com/2014/03/shampoo-bars-are-they-better.html

http://slsfree.net

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/13/sodium-lauryl-sulfate.aspx

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