In this video, I discuss the many benefits of why shampoo bars are better than traditional liquid shampoo and how to use them.
Scroll down to get all your questions answered about the Shampoo Bar.
Shampoo Bar benefits
You can take it on the plane with you (passes TSA regulations).
You don't have to worry about having it spill.
You can slice it and use it for travel or in your gym bag.
You can also use it as a soap.
Shampoo bars are eco-friendly.
They are long-lasting.
Shampoo bars smell good - ours are made with essential oils rather than fragrance oils, which is better for you.
Shampoo bars do not contain harsh surfactants like sulfates and chemicals like parabens.
They do not dry out the hair.
Shampoo bars don't strip the natural oils from your hair like other shampoo products.
Frequently Asked Questions about Shampoo Bars
Are Shampoo Bars worth it?
They are easy to use, they don't spill, and they last far longer than traditional shampoo.
Can Shampoo Bars damage your hair?
Since most don't contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), they won't dry or damage your hair.
How often should you wash your hair with shampoo bars?
I wash mine every 1-2 days but you can certainly go every 3 days. I would use a dry shampoo like simple arrowroot powder and a cosmetic brush to brush on and shake in to keep any natural oils from making your hair look greasy.
What are shampoo bars made with?
They are made from vegetable and fruit oils, along with herbs, flower, seeds and fruits to provide care for your hair.
What is the difference between a soap bar and a shampoo bar?
Soap bars have skin loving ingredients and shampoo bars have hair loving ingredients. Shampoo bars have a higher percent of oils that produce more lather. Some soap bars have additives that I would not want in my hair. When I go on vacation, I only bring one shampoo bar and use it for both hair and body.
How do you use a shampoo bar?
Wet hair. Take the bar and rub it between your hands to start the lather. Rub the bar or the lather on your hair. Be sure that you really get a good lather. Use your fingertips and massage your scalp and rinse well. Repeat if you like. You might need a vinegar (or citric acid rinse). See below for more details. Dry and style your hair. You can wash your hair with natural shampoo bar every day, although I’ve trained my hair to be washed twice a week.
Is there an adjustment period for switching to a shampoo bar?
The hard part of changing to using shampoo bars is finding the right way for you. Everyone is different. Many factors come into play. First of all, shampoo bars do not strip away your natural oils. It might take time to transition before your hair is rid of the chemicals and residues from your prior hair products. Please, do not give up after a week. It took me about 3 weeks to see and feel the benefits. There were a few days of not very nice hair days!
Do I need to use a conditioner?
You will probably find that after using a shampoo bar and rinse that you no longer need to use conditioner. Since my hair is dry and wavy I find I still, at times, the need to use a conditioner. But, instead of a hand full, I now use less that a dime size and I do not rinse it out. You will need to experiment to find your perfect hair care.
What about a vinegar rinse?
Many factors account for whether or not use you need a rinse. If you have hard water you will need a rinse. If you find that your hair tangles easy you will need a rinse. After using the shampoo bar, your hair might feel different. Some describe it as feeling like straw or just sticky. This is because the alkaline level of your hair is raised, causing the shaft of your hair to stick out which causes tangles and the feeling that your hair is sticking together. For some people, this ‘feeling’ will go away when your hair dries. For the rest of us, we need to use an acidic rinse. An acidic rinse will help close the hair cuticle and prevent tangling. You can use vinegar, lemon juice or citric acid.
How do I make a vinegar rinse?
Mix about 1 tablespoon of vinegar (I prefer to use apple cider vinegar) or lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Pour the mixture over your hair. You can rinse or leave in. If using vinegar, the smell will go away when your hair dries. You will need to experiment how often you need to use a rinse.
How does hard water affect using shampoo bars?
If you have extremely hard water, you might not adjust to shampoo bars. You can get a water filter on your shower head or use a vinegar rinse (see above) to adjust for the hard water.
Can I use if I have colored or perm my hair?
Yes. The shampoo bar will not strip your hair as fast as commercial shampoos do. Everyone’s hair is different; I suggest that you do a strand test to find out how your color will react.
What’s the shelf life?
Soap bars do get better the longer they age. The longer they are left to cure, the longer they will last and will produce more lather. Using a soap dish that will keep your soap out of a puddle of water will prolong its life. I suggest using bar soap within one year of purchase.
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