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Which shampoo bar is right for me?

You may have logged on to our website and wondered which shampoo bar is best and why use a shampoo bar? Well, today, I’m here to dispel your questions and give you more information so that you can make informed decisions. First of all, commercial bars contain harmful chemicals and harsh detergents that strip the hair of its natural oils. Our shampoo bars are designed to replace natural oils and act as a treatment for the scalp. A natural by-product of a healthy scalp is strong, lustrous hair that has the ability to repair itself. The shampoo bars come in a handy little organza bag that you can rub right on your scalp to help bring up a great lather and then you just hang it on a hook in the shower to dry between uses. The bar form makes it ideal for travel and is much lighter in weight than liquid shampoos.

DSC_0798Our Original Bar was a recipe from a fellow soap-maker and friend. This bar has been in our product line for nearly two years now and remains a popular favorite.  Our original formula is rich in castor oil, giving it healing properties, as well as being an excellent cleanser. It also contains jojoba oil, a mimic to our body’s own natural oils. Speaking with customers at markets, in person and online, we have found that this particular bar seems to be best suited for fine, flyaway hair. From our experience, it is best to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to twice a month to maintain luster and manageability.

Our Light Formula Bar was formulated for those with coarse hair or hair with more texture and curl. It is also great for the consumer that likes a little more slip on the hair. Our light formula has a natural additive that acts as a conditioner and contains the esteemed castor and jojoba oils, specific for hair. (Our Light Formula Bar is only available in the “Sunshine” scent) This bar also works best when used in conjunction with a clarifying shampoo. Again, depending on your own personal needs, use a clarifying shampoo either once a week or twice a month.

Castor: Castor oil is an excellent cleansing agent, heals the scalp and is an excellent choice for a rich, thick lather. It contains vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s unusual chemical composition contains up to 90 percent ricinoleic acid, making it one of the few oils that can boast of its healing benefits and ability to mend split ends.

Jojoba Oil:  Jojoba oil is considered a wax, not an oil. It is extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant, a woody shrub that covers 40,000 acres of desert in the southwestern U.S. This oil/wax contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair including vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. It’s entirely gentle and can be used on even the most sensitive and delicate skin without causing allergic reactions. It helps to control dandruff and can be used in place of anti-frizz products to add shine and naturally soften even unruly hair.

I was with those of you out there who are skeptical to rub a bar of soap in your hair. I’ve been a girly girl all my life and have the idea that, “the higher the hair, the closer to God”. I’m seasoned enough to know that isn’t necessarily the case. Snap!

Here’s my personal experience with Paisley Lane shampoo bars. I was so excited to try this new shampoo bar (original formula), so the second that it reached cure, it was in my shower! I loved it but found that it gave my hair “drag” and a heaviness. Combined with styling products, it didn’t perform like I had hoped. But hear me out, because what didn’t work for me, worked like a dream for my husband! He couldn’t get over how it made his hair feel so much better and how it made it less unruly.

All things work for the good, and it awakened the formulator in me. I began contemplating if different hair types would need different formulas. (this really shouldn’t have been a revelation if you have looked at the shampoo isle at Walmart, but golly I sure remember a light bulb moment). My hair was thick and had a lot of texture (and I use styling product), his was fine and flyaway. I began working on a lighter formula that would still replace oils, but remain light on an already heavier strand of hair. In my research of another product, I stumbled across a natural additive that I thought might work like a conditioner, giving slip and glide on the hair shaft. I gave it a whirl, and that’s when I fell in love with our shampoo bars!

If you haven’t tried them, I would encourage you to do so. I think your hair will thank you and you will have made one more step in taking care of yourself, the natural way.