Soap Bar/Alkalinity Question

How do you know a soap bar is alkaline?? And what makes it alkaline?
CG 8/21/09
3b/c, mostly fine, low porosity?
CO/RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
gel: FSG

I love my hair even if other people don't.
Lye or sodium hydroxide--the chemical that saponifies the oils.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Yes, soap is made by alkalinizing fats, so is alkaline because it is soap.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Are soap bars good for low porosity hair?
Type 2b/2c, med/coarse, low porosity, medium density

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Tangerine, Live Clean Moisturizing, CJ Daily Fix, GTTT, Tigi MM

Conditioner: Tigi MM, Jessicurl WDT, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Daily Smoothing, CJ H&B Deep Fix

Deep Treatment: same as rinse out

Leave-in: KCKT or my rinseout

Styling Aids: Alberto/V05 Gel, HETT/HESMU, KCCC
Are soap bars good for low porosity hair?
Originally Posted by Tomorrow Never Knows
My hair is low porosity--and I LOVE them. Just ask anyone around here--I'm kind of the "poster child" for natural soap bars! I think people with coarse hair or really hard water are the ones who have the biggest issues using them.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Hmm, I have coarse low-porosity hair...I have soft water though. I've been having a super hard time getting conditioner to absorb into my hair. Would they help me perhaps?
Type 2b/2c, med/coarse, low porosity, medium density

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Tangerine, Live Clean Moisturizing, CJ Daily Fix, GTTT, Tigi MM

Conditioner: Tigi MM, Jessicurl WDT, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Daily Smoothing, CJ H&B Deep Fix

Deep Treatment: same as rinse out

Leave-in: KCKT or my rinseout

Styling Aids: Alberto/V05 Gel, HETT/HESMU, KCCC
There's a conditioner called Terax Crema that's been around for a long time. There's a long thread about it. It's expensive and the ingredients aren't anything special. It's supposed to be alkaline. You could try that. My hair loves it!
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I actually just started a thread on that a few days ago because I noticed it has rubbing alcohol in it. Would that not be drying?
Type 2b/2c, med/coarse, low porosity, medium density

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Tangerine, Live Clean Moisturizing, CJ Daily Fix, GTTT, Tigi MM

Conditioner: Tigi MM, Jessicurl WDT, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Daily Smoothing, CJ H&B Deep Fix

Deep Treatment: same as rinse out

Leave-in: KCKT or my rinseout

Styling Aids: Alberto/V05 Gel, HETT/HESMU, KCCC
I actually just started a thread on that a few days ago because I noticed it has rubbing alcohol in it. Would that not be drying?
Originally Posted by Tomorrow Never Knows
One would think, but my hair loves it. I never use any product more then twice a week and this probably only once a week. I only use this when I do a soap bar and do an ACV rinse when I'm done. I haven't found it drying at all.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Are soap bars good for low porosity hair?
Originally Posted by Tomorrow Never Knows
My hair is low porosity--and I LOVE them. Just ask anyone around here--I'm kind of the "poster child" for natural soap bars! I think people with coarse hair or really hard water are the ones who have the biggest issues using them.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I have thought that it was more porosity related than texture related. I can't tell with since I am both porous and kind of coarse though.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I have no idea what my porosity is, but I do know I have coarse hair and my hair loves soap bars. I use them every four days following with an ACV rinse.
Cleanser: Liquid Castile Soap diluted in a foaming soap dispenser
Rinse:
ACV rinse
Detangler/Conditioner:
Oyin Handmade Greg Juice or Juices and Berries
Stylers: Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd, KCCC, Honey Rinses and BRHG, Crack Leave-in Hair Cream when straightening

Tools: Silk pillowcase, Floursack towels, Jersey T-Shirts, Wide Tooth Comb, Velecta Paramount TGR-VQX Hair Dryer (for when I straighten) and BaByliss PRO Ionic Rollabout Hard Hat Dryer
It's DEL2C who has problems with them. I'm pretty sure she usually tells people it's the coarse hair. I guess you'll never know until you try them.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
It's DEL2C who has problems with them. I'm pretty sure she usually tells people it's the coarse hair. I guess you'll never know until you try them.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I had problems too, and did wonder which, or if both, trait played an issue.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I think everyone that knows me knows how I loathe soap bars even more then sulphates My hair properties are in my siggie I have soft water.

I don't attribute it to being coarse though. Based on past articles written by the Curl Chemist it's the more porous types that will have trouble with them because they raise the cuticle.

There was some discussion on this thread I want BIGGER where I linked several expert opinions on Soap bars from Scientific view points as well as Hair Stylists, Product Developers and Chemists. Experts agree that Soap Bars are very harsh but some people still use them & don't have issues. If this information had been available when Soap bars were all the rage last year I never would have tried them, it wasn't worth the damage they caused me.
But that's just me
Discovered CG 2007

2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

Link-Spritz & Condish Washing

I'm aCurlJunkieJunky

My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars


CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
I found them to be more harsh on me than sulfates as well.

Well, it goes to show that one woman's poison in another woman's treasure (changed the phrase but you get the idea).
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
It's DEL2C who has problems with them. I'm pretty sure she usually tells people it's the coarse hair. I guess you'll never know until you try them.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I had problems too, and did wonder which, or if both, trait played an issue.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Thanks RCC you don't always hear from those that have tried them and didn't have success. I actually didn't even know you gave them a whirl!!
Discovered CG 2007

2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

Link-Spritz & Condish Washing

I'm aCurlJunkieJunky

My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars


CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
It's DEL2C who has problems with them. I'm pretty sure she usually tells people it's the coarse hair. I guess you'll never know until you try them.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I was a huge Chagrin Valley Soap Bar fan last winter. In the Fall when the weather dried and my hair changed I tried them and used them quite successfull thru the Spring, then I switched back to a summer routine (including CO washing).

This Fall when I tried to go back, my hair....ummmm... REBELLED! I could not for the life of me figure out why my hair was strawlike and not holding a curl. Del kept telling me to drop the soap bars and I couldnt imagine last winters HG was the cause, then Carlos (the famous) convinced me to ditch the bar, said it was making me dry...and that worked.

My hair is medium in texture and porosity and is not particularly dry or damaged, tho its needed extra moisture with how dry and cold this NorthEast winter has been.

HTH
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Last edited by rudeechick; 02-05-2010 at 01:24 PM.

I was a huge Chagrin Valley Soap Bar fan last winter. In the Fall when the weather dried and my hair changed I tried them and used them quite successfull thru the Spring, then I switched back to a summer routine (including CO washing).

This Fall when I tried to go back, my hair....ummmm... REBELLED! I could not for the life of me figure out why my hair was strawlike and not holding a curl. Del kept telling me to drop the soap bars and I couldnt imagine last winters HG was the cause, then Carlos (the famous) convinced me to ditch the bar, said it was making me dry...and that worked.

My hair is medium in texture and porosity and is not particularly dry or damaged, tho its needed extra moisture with how dry and cold this NorthEast winter has been.

HTH
Originally Posted by rudeechick
I only used a Chagrin Valley bar once. The experience was so awful, I gave away the two bars I had. It made my hair dry and tangled the first time around. Even I wouldn't use one of those on my hair! And I've used my bars twice a week for almost eighteen months with no issues. This winter, I did change from three days to five days with no problem.

My hair is fine and low porosity. While it's been dry and cold, I haven't had any issues with my hair at all. I continue to have 3a/b curls with no issues. (It was totally 3b in the Florida rain last weekend.) The shampoo guy at my salon won't use conditioner on my hair--he thinks it doesn't need it because my hair is in such good condition.

I suspect porosity may be the key to using alkaline products. Last summer, you porous people were using the really acidic products (Dr. Bronner's Shakakai Rinse and the Porosity Control with great success. And once was enough for me.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Well, when I first started experimenting with Bars, I am embarrassed to say, I bought between 8 and 10 different brands before I bought the CV. And they did work great all last winter - left my hair smooth and clean - even without an ACV. Dont know what change in my hair that I can't use them now....
Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot
3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
My Photobucket Album

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