01-20-2016, 10:19 AM
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I recently purchased a D.R. Harris Shampoo Bar.  My son likes the way coconut shampoos smell, and so I thought that I'd give it a try.  I figured that if I don't like it for everyday use, I could use it as an option for travel, as it is a nice size.  At any rate, I've noticed that when I rinse the shampoo out of my hair it seems to be "squeaky clean".  Ive never noticed such a thing happening before.  Could this mean that the shampoo is too drying or has too much of a detergent effect for my hair type?  I've never really thought much about shampoo, but as I get older and my hairline recedes, this issue has given me pause.  Any thoughts are appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

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 01-20-2016, 12:07 PM
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That may be the case. All shampoos actually strip the needed oils out of the hair. There is a chemical in dandruff shampoos that can actually CAUSE dandruff! A number of people have gone back to just using water and scrubbing the scalp. Over time it said to I'm prove the hair and scalp quality while reducing dandruff. I can't speak on that since I buzz my head. Hair never gets long enough to test it.

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 01-20-2016, 12:36 PM
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I've noticed many of the Artisan soap makers recommend using Apple Cider Vinegar either alone or mixed with a few other things to use as a type of conditioner.

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 01-20-2016, 12:43 PM
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Apple cider vinegar alone will strip any  soap buildup. If you want to improve hair and skin health buy some Coconut Oil. 1 TBSP a day works wonders.

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 01-20-2016, 03:16 PM
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  • ben74
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I have the DR Harris shampoo bars too (purchased with travel in mind, but I use them at home also). I love the way they lather up a storm and they smell great, but I've noticed that extra "squeaky" clean feel too. They leave my hair almost unmanageable and definitely in need of conditioner (which I rarely use). So definitely more drying than the liquid shampoos I've used. I wonder if shampoo bars/soaps are more drying in general or if it's just DR Harris?

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 01-20-2016, 03:29 PM
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Use a conditioner or consider using a shampoo with greater moisturizing properties. One brand that I really enjoy in this area is Philip B, which makes excellent products including a truffle oil shampoo that will moisturize the hair rather quickly.

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 01-20-2016, 04:50 PM
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I enjoy using shampoo bars and also get the squeaky clean feel.  I enjoy it and doesn't really bother me since the pomades I use seem to do a nice job of adding any oils the bar may have stripped away.  Oh, and i only use the shampoo bar two, maybe three times a week.  By that time, I'm in need of squeaky clean-feeling hair.

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 01-20-2016, 04:55 PM
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I recommend asking Michelle of Mystic Water this question, as she sells shampoo bars.

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 01-20-2016, 06:32 PM
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I believe the DR Harris bars have SLS in them. That's likely responsible for the squeaky clean feeling. Using conditioner can help add oils back to your hair.

Everyone's different, but SLS is murder on my scalp. It dries it out something awful. There are less aggressive detergents that are better for me (the kind you find in baby shampoo), but detergent-free shampoo bars seem to work best for me. I find my scalp feels better, and I don't need to use a conditioner, likely because actual soap is less aggressive at removing all the oils from your hair and skin. Many soap makers recommend a vinegar or baking soda rinse to remove build-up from shampoo bars, but I personally find that it's not a problem for me.

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 01-20-2016, 06:35 PM
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  • ben74
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(01-20-2016, 06:32 PM)Shannon Wrote: I believe the DR Harris bars have SLS in them.  That's likely responsible for the squeaky clean feeling.  Using conditioner can help add oils back to your hair.

Everyone's different, but SLS is murder on my scalp. It dries it out something awful. There are less aggressive detergents that are better for me (the kind you find in baby shampoo), but detergent-free shampoo bars seem to work best for me.  I find my scalp feels better, and I don't need to use a conditioner, likely because actual soap is less aggressive at removing all the oils from your hair and skin.  Many soap makers recommend a vinegar or baking soda rinse to remove build-up from shampoo bars, but I personally find that it's not a problem for me.

Didn't know about SLS, but this explains a lot. I'm going to discontinue using DR Harris.

However, I really like shampoo bars (in leu of liquid shampoo), so which bars are SLS free?

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 01-21-2016, 12:30 AM
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J.R. Liggett, Chagrin Valley, Mystic Waters, and Mike's Are the most common non SLS bars I typically read about. I'm 3017ing some mystic water right now and it doesn't clean as well as the Liggett but seems fairly good. After that I'm just going to the most commonly mentioned one that I read about which is the Chagrin Valley.

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 01-21-2016, 01:19 AM
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Thank-you, I'll look into them. Always wanted to try Mike's (as I like his shave soaps).

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 01-21-2016, 02:29 AM
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Mystic Water are extremely nice SLS free bars

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 01-21-2016, 10:01 AM
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(01-20-2016, 06:35 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 06:32 PM)Shannon Wrote: I believe the DR Harris bars have SLS in them.  That's likely responsible for the squeaky clean feeling.  Using conditioner can help add oils back to your hair.

Everyone's different, but SLS is murder on my scalp.

Didn't know about SLS, but this explains a lot. I'm going to discontinue using DR Harris.

However, I really like shampoo bars (in leu of liquid shampoo), so which bars are SLS free?

Lots of artisan soap makers sell them. A couple have already been mentioned. My local Whole foods actually carries Chagrin Valley. I am partial to the ones my wife makes, buy I am biased. Smile

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 01-21-2016, 06:53 PM
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You better be!

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 01-21-2016, 08:52 PM
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(01-21-2016, 06:53 PM)SRNewb Wrote: You better be!

said like a man who has been married a while

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 01-21-2016, 08:56 PM
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Shampooing for receding hairlines is another ignored aspect. it doesn't take much to batter whats left.

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 01-22-2016, 08:45 PM
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(01-21-2016, 08:56 PM)kav Wrote: Shampooing for receding hairlines is another ignored aspect. it doesn't take much to batter whats left.

Agreed, but the question is whether it is the end of the beginning, or (God forbid) the beginning of the end?

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 02-07-2016, 01:43 AM
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I don't like that squeeky feeling after shampoo, and I noticed my hair looks weird. Either it's too dry or too limp. I just don't shampoo anymore, and only use them once in a while when I feel it's needed.

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 02-28-2016, 01:25 PM
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(01-20-2016, 12:43 PM)kav Wrote: If you want to improve hair and skin health buy some Coconut Oil. 1 TBSP a day works wonders.

Or — better — avocado oil.

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