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Herbal Hair Care

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.

The Prophet - Kahil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Prairieland Herbs shampoo bars

If you've tried other shampoo bars and been disappointed, please give these a try. Read more about our shampoo bars, below, or download this
.pdf information sheet.

Shampoo Bars

Sue of Memories Remade LLC in Pleasant Hill, Iowa handmakes these fabulous shampoo bars for us! They leave our hair soft, shiny, and with far more body that commercial shampoos, and we never ever need conditioner.
$6.50 or $10, depending on variety.




Prairieland Herbs Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses

Available in 2 varieties - Chamomile and Citrus (great for blondes), Rosemary and Lavender (good for everyone, but especially brunettes).

Vinegar Rinses

These vinegar based rinses will add shine and body to your hair while restoring the pH of your scalp and hair. These are especially helpful for people with dandruff, dry scalp, or itchy scalp, but are good for anyone. Recommended especially during the first week for newbie shampoo bar users to help with "funky hair syndrome"! :)

8 Oz bottle $14.00,
32 Oz bottle $40.00.


Herbal Conditioning Hair Oil

To use, massage and comb onto your dry hair and scalp (have a friend help you - it feels so good!) and leave on for at least a half an hour. Shampoo as normal (it usually takes me 2 shampoos to get all the oil out) Here's a fun recipe using these oils.

Conditioning Hair Oil

This rich conditioning hair oil is perfect for a once-a-week intensive hair treatment.

2 Oz bottle $14.00,
8 Oz bottle $40.00.



Prairieland Herbs Herbal Hair Rinse

A great way to gently condition, especially if you - like me - find that those creamy conditioners just make your hair limp - (ugh). Just add 1/3 to 1/2 cup herbs to 2 cups water, bring to a boil, cool, and strain. Add a bit of apple cider vinegar if you have oily hair. Apply after shampooing - do not rinse out. 2 generous cups herbs (enough for about 6 rinses, depending on hair length).

Herbal Hair Rinses

Herbal hair rinses are a natural way to add color, shine and fragrance to your hair. No dramatic color changes, just shiny natural hair.

2 Oz. bag $10.00,
8 Oz. bag $27.00



About our Shampoo Bars

Wise Woman
Prairieland Herbs' famous Wise Woman essential oils blend in a shampoo bar! Scented only with essential oils.Excellent for dry hair - also very nourishing for damaged, brittle or over processed hair. Vegan.
Luxurious Locks
A lightly scented shampoo bar excellent for normal to oily hair. Also works beautifully as a regular face or body soap, so this is truly a head-to-toe bar. A lightly floral scent of lavender and geranium; scented only with essential oils. Vegan.
Magnificent Mane
A shampoo bar perfect for normal to dry hair. A light, herbal fragrance that is suitable for both men and women - a refreshing clean scent blend of lavender, lemon, rosemary, and sage. Scented only with essential oils. Vegan.
A head-to-toe bar. Scented only with essential oil. Absolutely divine for "normal" hair (whatever that is, right?) - adds lots of body and volume, with tons of shine! A light, refreshing unisex fragrance.
Herbal Hair
A head-to-toe bar. Scented only with essential oil. Formulated for oily hair, of for those who have issue with dandruff or other scalp conditions. It's a clean fresh scent perfect for anyone.
Rosemary Mint
A head-to-toe bar. Scented only with essential oil. Formulated for normal to oily hair, with a minty fresh scent. Enhanced with rosemary, nettle and horsetail (shavegrass) for extra strong, shiny, conditioned hair.
Workin' Man
A head-to-toe bar. Scented only with essential oil. Formulated for all hair types, with a clean, fresh seent that everyone can use and enjoy. Enhanced with rosemary, nettle and horsetail (shavegrass) for extra strong, shiny, conditioned hair.

Shampoo Bar FAQ

Do they lather?

Yep! And we're talking BIG lather. Our bars have lots of lather, more so than commercial liquid shampoos, in our experience.

How do you use them?

Couldn't be simpler - just rub the bar on your scalp in several places to disperse some of the shampoo, then set the bar down and just begin scrubbing with your fingertips. If you have thinner hair, you can just rub the bar between your hands to work up some lather, then rub your hands directly you your head. That doesn't work for me, though, I have too much hair.

Why would I want a shampoo bar?

Well first of all, it's an all-natural product. Commercial liquid shampoos are NOT. Here's the complete ingredient list on our Wise Woman shampoo bar: saponified oils of castor, coconut, palm, avocado, jojoba, wheat germ, shea butter, cocoa butter, and pure essential oils . Now, go to your shower and read the label on your shampoo. UGH. Tons of stuff you can't even pronounce, let alone identify. The "natural" ones generally add in herbal extracts, and that's all - they rarely leave out the icky stuff in lieu of the natural goodies.

Commercial soaps contain "conditioners" which also coat the hair weighing it down. When that coating is removed you get more body in your hair

Commercial shampoos also contain (very often) petrochemical/petroleum products which are 1) a non-renewable resource, and 2) cause allergic reactions in may people, and 3) are actually drying to your hair, skin and scalp.

As if that isn't enough: the shampoo bars are minimal packaging (only a kraft paper box that is recyclable) and is also a "head to toe" bar - meaning it is just fine as an all-over body bar too. It's great for travelling, no need to tote tons of little bottles of soap, shampoo and conditioner, just one bar will do it all.

What else do you I need to know?

Shampoo bars do not lather as well in very hard water, so keep that in mind. Also be aware of this advice for shampoo bar newbies:

"Tell people that they need to give the shampoo bars about a week to get the old residues [from commericial shampoos] off. In that week, they could have some pretty funky looking hair until the gunk gets removed. Try and encourage them to use a vinegar rinse that first week. Let it remain on the hair a while then rinse thoroughly."

(You can use regular old vinegar or check out our herbally infused hair vinegars above.) For more info about FUNKY HAIR SYNDROME, read this article by Donna. You may or may not get funky hair...but if you do, don't worry, it won't last!

Can I use them if I have color-treated hair?

You'll want to use your own judgement on this, but we have never had a problem with using shampoo bars on color-treated hair (and Maggie's hair color changes roughly bi-weekly, usually from brown to blonde to purple and pink and back again....). We've never had a customer report problems using a shampoo bar with their color treated hair.

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