I first started using Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap, years ago, on my Hubby’s locs and it always left a white residue and build up, lathering was hit or miss, and it just seemed too “liquidity”. A few months ago, after several recommendations to try it on my locs, I decided to give it another chance. It was then that I learned the main reason why I hated Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap was that I had been using it completely wrong as a shampoo — and here’s why.
The Dr.Bronner’s Label Matters
I know many of us only read a label to find out if the ingredients are natural — “Great, I can pronounce most of what’s on here …**Throws in Cart**” — I’ve been guilty of this more times than not.
What’s different about the Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap is that the label has the ingredients AND instructions, that really matter. I honestly. I never thought to read the instructions because I’d like to think I know how to use shampoo, but here’s the thing, Dr.Bronner’s is a castile soap that can be used as shampoo. **cue fluorescent lightbulb**
Just trying to pour it out of the bottle into my hair was completely wrong! I realized that it wasn’t a shampoo and that I needed to read the directions because it explained the dilution ratios for each of the 18 different ways the Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap could be used.
After using it correctly, my opinion of the Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap changed — I don’t hate it! The Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap works pretty well for really cleaning locs. However, you have to be very mindful of the potential for soap scum in your locs.
Let’s talk more about the Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap! Next week’s topic — The Pros and Cons of Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap as Shampoo.
In the meantime, let me know if you’ve tried the Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap in your hair and how it has worked for you.