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Shampoo Bars Are Here To Stay

A bar for all reasons. Why a shampoo bar is a sustainable way to care for hair

If there’s one thing we’ve all taken on board during this strange year, it is the need for us to simplify our lives. Months sheltering in place have taught us that we did not need half of the things we thought were absolutely essential. We’ve been forced to lead less complicated lives and for many of us, it feels comforting. Couples who were going to have a big wedding, discover that a small porch ceremony is just fine. Since we are not traveling far from home, we don’t need to buy so many clothes. So many people started vegetable gardens in the early days of the pandemic, that it has prompted a wave of self-sufficiency and as the season has progressed, neighbors are pushing excess zucchini to their friends over the fence, harking back to  World War II Victory Gardens.

Shopping online has replaced the multiple trips to different stores and while these are hard times for many, this further feeds into the desire for less complicated, more natural products.

More and more people want natural ingredients in their hair care products

Consumer preferences are changing to natural ingredient products due to their advantages in dandruff protection and hair loss control.  SallyeAnder has been at the forefront of creating natural bath and body bare solutions made only from natural ingredients since 1982!

Getting into a lather about lather

When a bunch of little bubbles gets together, this is what we call lather. No matter what the substance is that generates the bubbles – shampoo, bar soap, or laundry detergent – mixing the substance with air and water causes lather. In 1927, liquid shampoo was invented by a German inventor, Hans Schwarzkopf in Berlin. Prior to that soap and shampoo, there were very similar products, and each contained the same natural surfactants. 

In the Indian subcontinent, a variety of herbs and their extracts have been used as shampoos since ancient times. One of the earliest known surfactants, Sapindus, also known as soapberries or soapnuts, has a pulp that is a natural surfactant. Soapberry extract created a lather that leaves hair soft, shiny, and manageable.

Europeans and Indian travelers brought this habit of washing hair daily with the hair treatment called shampoo back to Europe and it was seen as the height of luxury – we still love that feeling today.

The chemicals you don’t need in shampoos that shampoo bars can do without.

Commercial shampoo is generally made by combining a surfactant, most often sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium Laureth sulfate, with a co-surfactant, most often Cocamidopropyl betaine in water to form a thick, viscous liquid. Salt (sodium chloride) is used to adjust the viscosity, and a preservative and fragrance finish the product. This is just a partial list of commonly used ingredients, courtesy of Wikipedia:

  • Ammonium chloride
  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Glycol
  • Sodium laureth sulfate is derived from coconut oils and is used to soften water and create a lather. Many sources describe it as irritating to the hair and scalp.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium lauroamphoacetate is naturally derived from coconut oils and is used as a cleanser and counter-irritant. This is the ingredient that makes the product tear-free.
  • Polysorbate 20 (abbreviated as PEG(20)) is a mild glycol-based surfactant that is used to cause liquid to spread across and penetrate the surface of a solid (i.e. hair).
  • Polysorbate 80 (abbreviated as PEG(80)) is a glycol used to emulsify (or disperse) oils in water (so the oils do not float on top)
  • PEG-150 distearate is a simple thickener.
  • Citric acid is produced biochemically and is used as an antioxidant to preserve the oils in the product. While it is a severe eye-irritant, the sodium lauroamphoacetate counteracts that property. 
  • Quaternium-15 is used as a bacterial and fungicidal preservative.
  • Polyquaternium-10 has nothing to do with the chemical quaternium-15; it acts as the conditioning ingredient, providing moisture and fullness to the hair.
  • Di-PPG-2 myreth-10 adipate is a water-dispersible emollient that forms clear solutions with surfactant systems
  • Methylisothiazolinone, or MIT, is a powerful biocide and preservative.

It’s enough to make your hair stand on end!

And then there’s another downside: excess plastic packaging

Here are a few more hair-curling statistics:

  • More than 552 million plastic shampoo bottles could be ending up in landfills every year
  • The number of plastic shampoo bottles thrown away in the United States each year could fill 1,164 football fields
  • Some manufacturers are turning to recycled plastic but the majority still ends up in landfills

There’s every reason to cleanse your hair with all-natural ingredients, and shampoo bars are the way to go!

Reasons to use shampoo bars all add up:

  • Minimal paper packaging, recyclable
  • Made from just a few natural, effective edible ingredients
  • No plastics or microplastics involved
  • Portable, convenient, long-lasting

Plus, there’s another very pleasant reason to use SallyeAnder’s shampoo bars. They come in 12 different formulas to support healthy, un-flaky, shiny, happy hair – they smell fabulous and make hair look terrific. Not only that, but SallyeAnder also brings a wealth of herbal knowledge, some going back to India where the habit of shampooing began. That means we can offer simple, easy to carry solutions to common hair problems in effective, great smelling shampoo bars such as:

SallyeAnder Pine Tar & Nettle Shampoo Bar -These are natural dandruff fighters and the ingredients are just four: olive oil blend, pine tar, lemongrass, and nettle powder. There is not a chemical in sight! You get a nice gentle lather, not a big puff of bubbles, and your hair condition is left shiny, healthy, and deliciously clean.

Here is another example of effective dandruff relief along with great conditioning properties for hair: SallyeAnder Tea Tree & Spruce Shampoo Bar. It uses a few simple ingredients to fight dandruff and relieve itching, plus spruce oils keep coarse, wiry hair soft and smooth.

For all hair types, SallyeAnder Red Clay & Henna Shampoo Bar is a gentle blend of oils, clay, and essential oils of jasmine, spearmint and ylang ylang.

We could go on and on, but, instead, we invite you to visit and explore for yourself all the ways you can have the beautiful clean hair you want, and a clear conscience, too!

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