Bars are usually used on the face or on the body, not on hair. However, this shampoo bar is meant for the hair, even though it is very similar to a regular soap bar.

Nowadays, women often use shampoo bars instead of conventional shampoos as the bars are far more beneficial for their hair.

Shampoo bars benefits:

• Better volume
• Faster hair growth
• No dandruff
• Shiny hair as the natural oils are not damaged
• No more frizzy hair
• No dryness of the scalp
• More defined curls
• Moisture and color are retained
• Reduced shower time as you don’t need to use a conditioner and wait
• Less money spent as one bar can last for several months
• No chemicals, only natural ingredients

The makers and manufacturers of shampoos don’t care about the health of your hair. They only want to sale their products. Even the most famous shampoos are sometimes made with some shortcuts in order to sell them on the market quickly. This happens with many beauty products.

The conventional shampoos contain a dangerous compound known as sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate (SLES/SLS). This harmful compound is the foaming agent which gives you the lathering effect when washing your hair. On the other hand, shampoo bars don’t lather as well as the traditional shampoos that are used. However, you should know that SLES or SLS is dangerous for your health. According to studies, this compound may cause organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, cancer and mutation.

Even though the compound cleans the oils from the hair, it also eliminates the natural oils of the hair, which are beneficial for our health. When the oils are gone, the scalp produces excessive amount of oils since all the oils are lost, and the hair becomes even greasier. If your hair stops being in contact with this compound, the scalp will start producing only the amount of oils that are needed for your hair to remain beautiful and healthy.

The following DIY coconut oil shampoo bar will make your hair moist without being greasy.


Needed ingredients for normal hair:

• 33oz. of coconut oil
• 12.54oz. of water
• 5.44oz. of lye
• Optional: 1 or ½ ounce of essential oils

Needed ingredients for dry hair:

• 33oz. of coconut oil
• 12.54oz. of water
• 5.32oz. of lye
• Optional: 1 or ½ ounce of essential oils

Needed materials:

• 8 quart crock pot
• Stick blender
• Thermometer
• Digital scale
• Glass bowls
• Glass measuring cups
• Plastic or stainless steel spoon with a long handle – wooden spoon that is used in the preparation for soap bars must be used only for that
• Bowl or sink, filled with water and vinegar, used for cleaning everything that will come in contact with lye
• Rubber/plastic gloves, long-sleeved shirt and protective eye gear or safety glasses as protective equipment
• Soap molds
• Parchment paper


Step 1:
Measure the amount of the ingredients.

Step 2:
Put the coconut oil in the crock pot and set it to low temperature. If you are using coconut oil in solid state, know that the coconut oil will melt quickly.

Step 3:
Take outside the spoon, the lye and a ceramic bowl or a glass filled with water.

Take care not to breath the vapors and wear your protective equipment. Add the lye to the water slowly and mix them gently. It is important that the lye is poured into the water, not vise versa.

Be careful as this mix gets hot. Let it transform from cloudy to clear and then take the mixture inside of the house. Move on to step 4, when the mixture cools. Remember that if you are using a wooden spoon, the spoon cannot be later used in the kitchen for cooking. On the other side, plastic and stainless steel spoon can be washed and used in the kitchen afterwards.

Step 4
Add the mixture of lye and water in the crock pot carefully and stir.

Step 5
Mix with the stick blender until the mixture gets as thick as a light pudding.

Step 6
Close the crock pot and cook from 45 minutes to 1 hour on low temperature. The oils will rise up the sides and fold back into the mix. The cooking time depends on the temperature of the crock pot, so check the mix constantly.

Step 7
The soap is ready when it looks like an almost translucent Vaseline. There should be no oil puddles in the middle of the soap. The soap should feel waxy when you rub it between your fingers and it should not zaps when you touch it with your tongue. The soap may burn if the lye is not converted. You may use pH test strip instead of your tongue. It should be between 7 and 10. If it is above 10, the soap is not ready.

Step 8
Add the essential oils.

Step 9
Add the mixture into the soap molds with your spoon.

Step 10
Cut the bar when it is firm and cool. If the bar dries for too long, it will be hard to cut.

Step 11
Place the bars on a tray and leave the tray in a place where there is good air flow for several days. It is best to leave them to dry for 2 to 3 weeks. The shelf life of the soap bars is one year if they are kept in a dry and cool place.

Source: Mommy Potamus