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Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | Author:

As you know, I use an acid rinse when I wash with a shampoo bar. I love how smooth and shiny it makes my hair. But I figured I would ask the experts for their opinions:

Do you think a conditioner or acid rinse are necessary when using a shampoo bar?

This is a hard one to say exactly what is going to work best for everyone because there are many variables. There are plenty of people who do not use a conditioner or acid rinse so it wouldn’t hurt to start from there and see what you need. The specific shampoo can impact your decision as can whether you have soft or hard water. When I had short hair I never used any sort of a conditioner but now it is very long and sometimes I’ll skip the conditioner/acid rinse but many times I need it to keep my super long fine hair from getting tangled.

Modern shampoos contain synthetic silica and polymers. Shampoo bars will not dissolve and remove the remnants from your hair. So, for the1st couple of weeks we recommend that you use a vinegar rinse to remove these polymers. After that it won’t be necessary, but they add shine, control and help balance the ph of the scalp so why stop? We use infused horsetail (natural silica) and nettle leaf in all our shampoos & rinses for conditioning the hair and scalp.

This depends on the persons hair. For a person who is new to shampoo bars, I would say yes. IME, I had to use an acid rinse for a while before my hair became accustom to shampoo bars. Now I can wash with a shampoo bar and not have any problems with my hair. So to answer you question, I would say yes an acid/lemon rinse would be great.

Rochelle, Karess Krafters
Well, that is a good recommendation actually. All shampoo will build up on the hair eventually, so using 1 tsp of vinegar per pint of water on occasion will cleanse the hair naturally.

Using an herbal rinse is also alot of fun and healthy for your scalp.
Take a handful of your chosen herb and pour a pint of boiling water over the herb and allow to cool. Strain and add a dash of vinegar.
When using this rinse, pour it over your head and try to let it sit on your hair and scalp a couple minutes for best results.

Rosemary -sage rinses have been used for dark hair.
Chamomile has been traditionally used for blonde hair.
You could use mint, nettles, or anything you’d like to really.

This makes the hair soft also.

One person used the Wild Mane shampoo bar and wrote me and said her hair was all over the place. Some people may feel they need a conditioner after using a shampoo bar.

What I recommend is Flax Seed Gel for a natural way to calm the fluff.

Take 1 Tbsp of Flax seed and simmer in 1 cup of water until it is reduced by half. Strain the seeds, and add your own essential oils if you’d like scent to your gel.
It will be different than store bought hair gel, but actually dual purpose to help hair not be so fluffy and also condition at the same time. It is very inexpensive to make as well. Refrigerate what you dont use and toss out after a few days.

Aloe vera gel I hear will also work if your hair gets too fluffy with a shampoo bar.

You might need a conditioner or acid rinse depending on the specific shampoo and your hair type. It is said that everyone would need a rinse with most handmade shampoos but I’ve only found that I needed it when I tried a handmade liquid shampoo. And perhaps others who tried that same shampoo didn’t need it. I use a separate conditioner with my shampoo bar. I know others who use my shampoo bars don’t use conditioner. I don’t get any build up that would require the acid rinse. And I haven’t heard of any of my customers complaining of build up from my shampoo bar. I am working on a recipe now to create a conditioning shampoo bar so that I won’t need the extra conditioner.