Shea Moisture bar soaps as shampoo bars

Marie01141976Marie01141976 Registered Users Posts: 13
I love the idea of shampoo bars, but they never agreed with my hair. I tried pretty much every bar Chagrin Valley makes, and they all made my hair dry, coated and tangley. On a whim, I tried the Shea Moisture Baby Eczema bar that I use on my body to shampoo my hair this morning. Victory! I followed w/ 1 cup of white vinegar diluted w/ 2 cups of warm water to rinse. Amazing, soft clean hair! Didn't dry out my hair or scalp either. I am thinking about trying out some of the other bars they have. Will purchase the olive and green tea, or maybe the lavender orchid one next to try.

Just some background: I only wash my hair every three days, always with a sulfate free, days between I co-wash. I am cone free and henna every 4-6 weeks (whole head). Just thought I would let folks know how well this worked for me, for those who just couldn't make the poo bars work for them in the past.
Henna!!! Red Raj from Henna Sooq
Co-washes: ABBA Pure Gentle (HG), Tresseme Naturals.
Low-poo: Shea Moisture (all of them), Renpure my pretty hair is parched.
Rinse-out: Tigi Bead Head Moisture Maniac, GF Length and Strength.
Leave-in: ABBA Pure Gentle, KCKT, Henna Sooq cocoveda oil.
Stylers: Fairy Tales Curly Q's gel (HG), KCCC, Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothy, GF pure clean gel.

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  • kathymackkathymack Registered Users Posts: 9,999 Curl Neophyte
    My hair HATED the one CV bar I tried--it made my hair tangled, too. So, I got rid of all the bars I bought. My hair only tangles when I use an ingredient it didn't like. I narrowed it down to the castor oil. Checked the ingredients for the bar you used:

    Ingredients: african shea butter, coconut oil, palm oil, water, vegetable glycerin, palmitic acid, vanilla extract, sodium chloride, argan oil, chamomile, mineral and vegetable pigment

    I'm thinking it may be the castor oil your hair doesn't like, either.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Marie01141976Marie01141976 Registered Users Posts: 13
    Okay, that's really interesting. I remember back before I was cone free I tried Pantene relaxed and natural conditioner and my hair hated it! This conditioner contains (contained, not sure if they still make it?) castor oil, and my hair had that same coated/dry tangled feeling. I think you are on to something! Sometimes it's just as useful to find out what ingredients my hair hates as it is to find out what it loves 😊 Thanks! Luckily for me, it seems like castor oil isn't that common an ingredient in most products?
    If you don't mind, can you tell me what products you got rid of that contained it so I avoid them?
    Again, thanks for the tip!
    Henna!!! Red Raj from Henna Sooq
    Co-washes: ABBA Pure Gentle (HG), Tresseme Naturals.
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture (all of them), Renpure my pretty hair is parched.
    Rinse-out: Tigi Bead Head Moisture Maniac, GF Length and Strength.
    Leave-in: ABBA Pure Gentle, KCKT, Henna Sooq cocoveda oil.
    Stylers: Fairy Tales Curly Q's gel (HG), KCCC, Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothy, GF pure clean gel.
  • kathymackkathymack Registered Users Posts: 9,999 Curl Neophyte
    Okay, that's really interesting. I remember back before I was cone free I tried Pantene relaxed and natural conditioner and my hair hated it! This conditioner contains (contained, not sure if they still make it?) castor oil, and my hair had that same coated/dry tangled feeling. I think you are on to something! Sometimes it's just as useful to find out what ingredients my hair hates as it is to find out what it loves 😊 Thanks! Luckily for me, it seems like castor oil isn't that common an ingredient in most products?
    If you don't mind, can you tell me what products you got rid of that contained it so I avoid them?
    Again, thanks for the tip!

    I haven't used castor oil since sometime in '08. It was the CV soap bar and a sample of something someone sent me, so I don't remember which one. I mostly buy products from the online, boutique type companies. Am careful about reading ingredients and don't buy anything with castor oil. My hair reacts the same way to mineral oil.

    Just read before you use anything.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • joseybirdjoseybird Registered Users Posts: 90
    So eager to hear about your results with the other bars!! :) Have you tried using the bar without a rinse afterwards?
    3a - Fine, thin, non-porous hair - boo! :(


    Shampoo: SM shampoos

    Clarifying Shampoo: KC Come Clean

    Co-Wash: L'Oreal Cleansing Conditioners, As I Am Co-Wash

    Hair Gel: L.A. Looks Sport, KCCC, SM Curling Souffle

    DT Conditioner: SM Raw Shea Masque, SM Raw Shea conditioner + coconut oil, GVPCB

    LI Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, KCKT, VO5 shea + SM baby oil

    Curl Enhancers: L.A. Looks Beachy Waves, Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray. AG re:coil
  • Marie01141976Marie01141976 Registered Users Posts: 13
    I just bought the Lavender one and the Lemongrass and Ginger one. I have to wait another 2 days though, I'm not due to shampoo until Thurday! Ahhhh, the suspense is killing me!!! I haven't tried using the bar without a rinse because I live in New Hampshire, and we have the hardest water ever. I don't think I would even attempt to use any bar without it. I will report back when I use the next one.
    Henna!!! Red Raj from Henna Sooq
    Co-washes: ABBA Pure Gentle (HG), Tresseme Naturals.
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture (all of them), Renpure my pretty hair is parched.
    Rinse-out: Tigi Bead Head Moisture Maniac, GF Length and Strength.
    Leave-in: ABBA Pure Gentle, KCKT, Henna Sooq cocoveda oil.
    Stylers: Fairy Tales Curly Q's gel (HG), KCCC, Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothy, GF pure clean gel.
  • asugirlasugirl Registered Users Posts: 938 Curl Neophyte
    I just bought the Lavender one and the Lemongrass and Ginger one. I have to wait another 2 days though, I'm not due to shampoo until Thurday! Ahhhh, the suspense is killing me!!! I haven't tried using the bar without a rinse because I live in New Hampshire, and we have the hardest water ever. I don't think I would even attempt to use any bar without it. I will report back when I use the next one.

    Marie, I live in Arizona and I think we have the hardest water ever (lots of minerals in it) and I never use a rinse after using one of my Bobeam bars! I tried apple cider a few years back and it made no difference. I think it has more to do with the soap bars you use and the ingredients in them.

    2c/3a - fine - medium porosity & density
  • jeanfjeanf Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 2 Curl Neophyte
    I hope you are still replying to comments.  I have recently had a very bad experience with either the shampoo or conditioner I have been using.  It gave me a rash on the back of my head which turned into a red bald spot.  Now my hair is thinning all over.  I have an appt to see a dermatologist, but it's going to take a few months to get in.

    Now, I am afraid to wash my hair.  I was thinking that since the Shea Moisture coconut hibiscus bar has been a godsend for the sensitive skin on my body maybe I should try it on my hair with an ACV rinse.  Then possibly a different conditioner only on the ends. Have you tried the coconut hibiscus one on your hair?  What do you recommend I do in this situation?

    My hair is luckily still pretty thick and covers the bald spot (barely).  It gets tangled easily so I think this may be too drying, but I want something that will lather.  I would love to get your infput.
  • jeanfjeanf Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 2 Curl Neophyte
    I hope you are still replying to comments.  I have recently had a very bad experience with either the shampoo or conditioner I have been using.  It gave me a rash on the back of my head which turned into a red bald spot.  Now my hair is thinning all over.  I have an appt to see a dermatologist, but it's going to take a few months to get in.

    Now, I am afraid to wash my hair.  I was thinking that since the Shea Moisture coconut hibiscus bar has been a godsend for the sensitive skin on my body maybe I should try it on my hair with an ACV rinse.  Then possibly a different conditioner only on the ends. Have you tried the coconut hibiscus one on your hair?  What do you recommend I do in this situation?

    My hair is luckily still pretty thick and covers the bald spot (barely).  It gets tangled easily so I think this may be too drying, but I want something that will lather.  I would love to get your infput.
  • bomegabomega Registered Users Posts: 1,355 Curl Virtuoso
    jeanf said:
    I hope you are still replying to comments.  I have recently had a very bad experience with either the shampoo or conditioner I have been using.  It gave me a rash on the back of my head which turned into a red bald spot.  Now my hair is thinning all over.  I have an appt to see a dermatologist, but it's going to take a few months to get in.

    Now, I am afraid to wash my hair.  I was thinking that since the Shea Moisture coconut hibiscus bar has been a godsend for the sensitive skin on my body maybe I should try it on my hair with an ACV rinse.  Then possibly a different conditioner only on the ends. Have you tried the coconut hibiscus one on your hair?  What do you recommend I do in this situation?

    My hair is luckily still pretty thick and covers the bald spot (barely).  It gets tangled easily so I think this may be too drying, but I want something that will lather.  I would love to get your infput.
    Hi @jeanf, Sorry you are going through this. Maybe check out this article for more info: http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/p/products-for-itchy-scalp.html?m=1.

    Personally, fragrances is many commercial products cause me some scalp irritation, and I find natural type products often (but not always) work a lot better without the irritation. Out of that list, I would suggest the Shea Moisture African Black Soap shampoo/conditioner as ABS is known to have skin healing properites. I really like the Alaffia Hydrating Coconut Lavander Shampoo (which includes ABS as an ingredient) in my sig (but be careful with Alaffia's scented products. For some reason, some are irritating even if natural.)
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Moderators Posts: 10,840 Curl Virtuoso
    I love the idea of shampoo bars, but they never agreed with my hair. I tried pretty much every bar Chagrin Valley makes, and they all made my hair dry, coated and tangley. On a whim, I tried the Shea Moisture Baby Eczema bar that I use on my body to shampoo my hair this morning. Victory! I followed w/ 1 cup of white vinegar diluted w/ 2 cups of warm water to rinse. Amazing, soft clean hair! Didn't dry out my hair or scalp either. I am thinking about trying out some of the other bars they have. Will purchase the olive and green tea, or maybe the lavender orchid one next to try.

    Just some background: I only wash my hair every three days, always with a sulfate free, days between I co-wash. I am cone free and henna every 4-6 weeks (whole head). Just thought I would let folks know how well this worked for me, for those who just couldn't make the poo bars work for them in the past.
    If by chance you see this, we'd be grateful if you'd add a review to our SHOP section. 

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • marko2002marko2002 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
    edited August 2018
    Realise this is an old topic but just wanted to share my own little secret, like everyone here I have had to go through many shampoo bars until I found one made by Amica Soap, their Shea Butter shampoo and body bar has been a godsend for me, every other bar I've tried until now has either been full of sulfates or left my hair a mess but their bars are sulfate free and lather very well, and leave my hair feeling amazing once dry.   Would recommend anyone having issues with a shampoo bar or want to avoid SLS (and plastic wrapping, they wrap in recyclable paper) give these guys a try!.   I've ordered their Argan Oil bar too, can't wait to try.   https://www.amicasoap.co.uk/white-musk/43-shea-butter-solid-shampoo-bar-with-organic-coconut-oil-honey-sls-free.html
  • cosmeticsweb Ukcosmeticsweb Uk Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
    edited August 21
    my hair is thinning all over.

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