I’ve been on a long and sometimes painful odyssey to healthy, happy hair. I’ve tried a range of shampoos from the cheapest conventional options, to slightly more pricey concoctions, to bottles with varying percentages of “natural” ingredients.
The conventional shampoos dry out my hair, increase my dependency on shampoo (the more you use, the more you need to use), and dull my hair’s natural colour. And to make matters worse, they’re full of toxic chemicals that are either entering my skin or flowing into the water supply (or both!)
On the other hand, I’ve had very mixed results with the natural shampoos. Some of them have mysteriously stopped working after a few months. Others are semi-natural but still contain ingredients I’m not happy with.
With my hair product frustrations, I was eager to try a completely different approach when Claire of Dulse & Rugosa told me about the shampoo bars that her family makes on a small island off the coast of Maine.
I’ve never tried using a shampoo bar, so that’s the first thing that intrigued me, but I was also curious to see how seaweed, one of the main ingredients in the bar, would benefit my hair. Rich in minerals, seaweed nourishes and strengthens your hair while also stimulating your scalp–which promotes hair growth and relieves itching.
The mother-daughter team behind Dulse & Rugosa wild harvest and grow all of the botanicals and seaweeds for their skincare products. Besides shampoo bars, they also craft lotions, scrubs, perfumes, healing balms, and more. I tried three of their products, although I have my eye on several others!
Here’s my mini-review of each item I tried:
I can’t stand a shower crowded with bottles, so I love the compact shape of this simple bar! It feels a bit grainy to the touch and does smell faintly of seaweed…but that’s actually a plus in my book! Your hair will not smell like seaweed after it dries, though. It will just smell clean!
I love that this shampoo bar is non-drying and doesn’t strip my hair of its natural oils. Conventional shampoos contain detergents which are harsh on hair and make conditioner an absolute necessity. With the seaweed shampoo bar, I’m able to use conditioner alternatives (see below) that cost just pennies per use.
Dulse & Rugosa shampoo bars are small but last a long time. Wet the bar under the water, then rub it with your hands to release a creamy, faint lather. You won’t get lots of suds like you’re used to with conventional shampoo because these bars are free of sodium laurel sulfate, the detergent that produces foam (and dries out your hair!)
If you’re new to natural shampoo, you might experience an adjustment phase when you first use the seaweed shampoo bar. You might not like the texture of your hair at first, but after a few weeks your hair will likely calm down, adjust, and become much happier than it was before. I was already using a pretty natural shampoo when I tried the seaweed bar, so my hair didn’t really need to adjust much.
This vinegar hair rinse is infused with botanicals like rose petals, chamomile, bergamot, and more. It smells amazing! Previously, I’ve used apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse, but plain vinegar doesn’t have the fancy, indulgent feel that this blend does. Dulse & Rugosa’s herbal vinegar will help to detangle your hair, balance its pH levels, and make your hair glossy. In fact, the red undertones in my brown hair are much more noticeable when I use the vinegar rinse. I love it!
Dulse & Rugosa sells a spray bottle option, but I just pour a few splashes of vinegar in a cup or mug and dilute with water. I like to dip the ends of my hair into the vinegar rinse first, then pour the rest over my head, let it sit for a minute, and finally rinse thoroughly. I use the vinegar every second or third shower.
This might just be my favourite product from Dulse & Rugosa so far! The hair oil comes in a glass tincture bottle with a dropper dispenser, so it’s easy to control the amount you use. And a little goes a long way! You can use the oil in a variety of ways, but I’ll tell you what works for me. After showering, I comb my hair and then put a few drops of the oil onto my palm. I rub my hands together to spread the oil a bit and then rub my hands through the ends of my hair. Then I comb my hair again to help distribute the oil. The hair ends are what need the oil the most, though, since it’s hard for the natural oils in your scalp to work their way down the hair shaft, even with proper brushing.
Dulse & Rugosa’s hair oil not oil moisturizes your hair, but also gives it extra shine and helps to tame frizz. You can rub a little on your hands and then slide your hands over dry hair to help tame flyaways. You can even put this oil on your face as a moisturizer, and rub a drop on your lips before bed to help nourish and repair your skin while you sleep. It’s very versatile, and because you only need a few drops at a time it will last you a while!
I’m excited to have Dulse & Rugosa as a source for natural, hand-made hair and skin care. I love everything about this small business, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to spread the word!
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This post is sponsored by Dulse & Rugosa, and all opinions are enthusiastically mine.