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Marseille soap for hair: its benefits

  When we start our path towards natural and ecological beauty products, we often find Marseille soap in homemade recipes. It can be used for the body of course, but also as a hand-washer, or in DIYs to do your own laundry for example.

But did you know that it is also possible to use it on your hair? And yes,  Marseille soap has more than one trick up its sleeve.

If you want to know more about its hair benefits, you've come to the right place!

Marseille soap, what is it?

Marseille soap, which is now known throughout the world,  has been around for several centuries. Indeed, it was born in the Middle Ages, and from 1688 an official edict was written to define its manufacturing rules.

At this time the rules are strict but simple: no animal fat should enter into the composition of this soap, but only pure olive oil from Provence and soda salt from Camargue.

It was quickly exported thanks to the development of the French colonies. Nowadays, Marseille soap is still governed by a few rules. It must in fact be free from animal fats, without perfumes or dyes, and without synthetic additions. In its composition, one should only find water, sea salt, vegetable oils and caustic soda.

In this regard, beware of counterfeits! There are a lot of them, so it's important to make sure you're buying the right product.  

Why use this type of soap?

Marseille soap is biodegradable, 100% natural, and very gentle on the skin. Thanks to this, it is suitable for all skin types and even baby skin, as well as all scalps.

It regulates the pH of the skin and is suitable even for irritated and damaged skin. It is indeed ideal as a household product and for making laundry!

In addition, buying original Marseille soap means supporting French and local businesses.

Marseille soap for hair: its benefits

How to use it well?

Marseille soap is, therefore, a  real hair ally in addition to being an ally for skincare. So here are several ways to use it on your hair.

For oily hair

  • Marseille soap is ideal for oily hair thanks to its purifying and cleansing properties.
  • Very gentle on the scalp, it will not attack it and therefore encourage it to regain more quickly. It also very effectively cleans the hair fibre and rids it of excess sebum.
  • You can use it directly as a solid shampoo: on wet hair, pass the soap directly on your hair, or take it first on your hands according to your habits.
  • Gently massage your scalp. This soap has the particularity of not foaming. You must then rinse well, and apply your usual care, preferably natural to complete this beauty routine.

For dull hair

  • Yes, dull hair can also benefit from the benefits of Marseille soap. Although it can be unsettling at first, this solid format will ultimately sublimate your hair.
  • This is because even though chemicals like silicone make your hair shiny immediately, they actually choke the hair fibre.
  • Washing them with this soap will therefore offer them a detox, and its natural properties will bring them to shine. Of course, complete your routine with a conditioner or a mask.

Use on dry hair

  • Very gentle and non-aggressive, Marseille soap can also be applied to dry hair. However, I suggest you add ingredients to moisturize and nourish your hair while shampooing.
  • To do this, start by melting a little Marseille soap in a double boiler - about one or two tablespoons. Then add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of vegetable oil, as well as a few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil.
  • Mix well and let cool. Then use this mixture as a regular shampoo, and let it act for about three minutes before rinsing it off.

Marseille soap hair mask recipe

  1. If you want to give your hair more intense care, it is very easy to make a hair mask recipe at home.
  2. In the same way, melt two tablespoons of Marseille soap in a bain-marie. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of vegetable oil of your choice according to your problem, a tablespoon of aloe vera and egg yolk.
  3. Mix everything well and distribute this preparation on damp hair.  Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse thoroughly.
  4. My advice: if possible, finish with a spray of cold water, or with apple cider vinegar diluted in cold water to bring shine to your hair.

The final word

Don't be afraid to use this soap on your hair anymore! Whether you use it directly as a solid shampoo or mix it with other ingredients, it will sublimate your hair naturally.

It is perfect for starting a hair transition to natural and non-chemical products. In the beginning, do not hesitate to carry out hydrating masks and oil baths in parallel to protect your hair.

Have you ever washed your hair with Marseille soap? What did you think of it?


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