Updated: Oct 25, 2022
What is a shampoo bar?
A shampoo bar is a solid, eco-friendly alternative to liquid shampoos. Great for travel! They can last for a long time (around 30-80 washes equal to a 12 oz bottle), and they do not harm the environment since they do not come in plastic containers. It also depends on the length of hair and how many times you wash your hair. In addition, a shampoo bar is a great idea for traveling since they are solid and compact. You can choose a shampoo for any scalp need, including removing oils, helping dandruff, or hydrating the follicles. And it does not strip your hair like regular shampoo.
How do I use a shampoo bar?
To use shampoo bar, wet hair thoroughly, run water over bar; step away from running water and gently smooth the bar from hairline to crown, or work in little circles around your head, working all the way around your hairline. Massage the shampoo in and add a little water for more lather. Let your scalp and hair absorb for 1 minute then rinse. You can also lather the shampoo bar in your hands, then smooth the lather along your hair & scalp, using your fingers like a comb.
Unlike shampooing, you will want to work with the direction of the hair, and not pile on the head as this can cause unnecessary tangling. Massaging the scalp is good, and try to work from front and down to the back without too much friction or circling. Quantity of lather varies depending on if the water supply is hard water or soft water.
Do I need conditioner? This is an all in one bar that has shea butter as one of the ingredients to condition your hair. You will find that after using this bar you will not need a conditioner.
How long does it take for hair to adjust to shampoo bar?
When you start using natural products your hair readjusts by over producing sebum. Some people don't experience a transition period at all but it can last between 2-3 weeks or even longer for some.
How do I store it?
I would keep it out of the shower as it may get wet and turn soggy. For this reason, it is strongly recommended storing your shampoo bar in a cool, dry place to extend the lifespan of your bar. By keeping your bar dry in between uses, you can maximize its lifespan. You may also want to put it on a soap holder that has drainage.
My Experience with Shampoo bar
I have fine hair and I usually need to use a conditioner otherwise my hair is all tangled and hard to brush. Using the shampoo bar, I find that I do not need a conditioner. I can brush right thru my hair just fine without any hair cream. I just wrap a towel around my hair /head and let it soak the water for a bit, pat dry then brush. I let it naturally dry before bed then follow up with the Orange Blossom & Jasmine Hair Revive the next morning. You may need to get use to the feel without a conditioner but your hair will love it.
A little trick I do is brushing my hair first before stepping in the shower :)