I started using J.R. Liggett's Shampoo Bar in November of 2012. I won't lie-- if I didn't' learn about what was going to happen I would have stopped after that first attempt!
Once I applied it to my hair it seemed impossible to run my fingers through it because it felt really waxy. I learned that this was because my hair had been so stripped by the chemicals in regular shampoos and conditioners that I had no natural oils left to lubricate my hair! Yikes!
However, it did get better each time I used it and within a week or two my hair looked better than ever! This shampoo allows your hair to start to produce your own natural oils again and that is the secret to beautiful hair!
After the first couple of shampoos, the difficulty getting my fingers through my hair stopped. I noticed that my fine hair felt a little thicker, and that it was easier to manage. It can even hold a curl now! My hair didn't even need to be washed as frequently. I can go two to three days and it won't even look like it needs to be washed.
After the transition was over I thought I was in the clear. Guess again!
A few months later, I started feeling little lumps of what felt like dried skin or a pimple. If I scratched them then this white stuff would come out. I was initially afraid I had a reaction, but then I learned that my scalp was purging itself of the chemicals from the old products! How gross!! They say that it's very important to lather the shampoo bar into your hair and massage it into your scalp to help loosen up clogged pores, release the old chemicals and to let your natural oils release.
That stopped after a month or two of using the product (thank god!) and now I swear I'll never go back to using regular shampoo and conditioner!!
I used a vinegar rinse now to finish this product off. It's really useful for balancing the pH of your hair and removing the old chemicals, but honestly, after the transition you don't always need the vinegar rinse.
I've used the shampoo bar by itself and had really good results. It can be a bit drying after prolonged use if you have long hair, so you may want to use a hair mask or put a little oil on the tips if you feel as if your hair is starting to become dry.
This little bar lasts forever too! I'll use one bar for over 5 months before I needed to get a second bar and it's less around $5 for one. Talk about savings! I used to by the expensive Aveda Shampoo which was around $40 for a 2 months supply. Ha! Definite win.
Yearly Savings: $230 from switching from fancy $40 "natural" shampoo.
Yearly Savings: $50 from switching from traditional brand, assuming cost is $5 per bottle.
Um, yes, please!
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Where to buy it? I usually use Amazon or the JR Liggett store, but you can sometimes find it at health food stores, too. I recommend starting with the Ultra Balanced Bar 3.5 oz or Old-Fashioned Shampoo bar, as I have had good results with both.
The JR Liggett website has quite a bit of information about each bar and why you should convert over to a natural shampoo: JR Liggett
I don't use conditioner and I use a hair rinse that I make myself. Lavender Hair Rinse
Initially, I used a leave in conditioner by Dr. Bonner which was all natural. It seemed to help a bit with tangles: Dr. Bronner - Lavender and Coconut Hair Conditioner but I rarely use it anymore.
UPDATE: If you want more info on shampoo bars, I posted another article about natural shampoo and reviewed a bar from Beauty and the Bees.
If you'd prefer something different but all natural try my DIY Herbal Hair Poo or this DIY Hair Gel Recipe
Disclaimer: I have not been paid or compensated in any way for this review. This is my opinion of the product.