What is a shampoo bar?
A shampoo bar is a solid bar used for washing hair instead of liquid shampoo. There are different types of shampoo bars: hair soap and solid shampoo.
A hair soap is made like a body soap bar by combining different oils and other ingredients which are turned into a soap.
A solid shampoo is not a soap. It’s made like a liquid shampoo with a detergent but does not contain water.
Why should I use a shampoo bar?
Plastic-bottles are produced in enormous amounts every year. A part of them are recycled after use. But plastic can only be recycled a couple of times because the quality of the material downgrades. So in reality it’s not recycling, it’s down-cycling. Shampoo bars are usually either just wrapped in paper or come in a card board box. No plastic needed. So using shampoo bars and conditioner bars instead of their liquid counterparts, reduces the amount of plastic bottles needed. Hopefully more people make the switch to bars.
Low carbon footprint
Shampoo bars and conditioner bars are much smaller than the liquid products, so they require much less space during transportation meaning less fuel is required in total.
Shampoo bars are very handy
They also take up less space in your luggage or on your next camping trip.
Is hair soap or solid shampoo better?
There are many variables to consider.
If a hair soap or a solid shampoo is better for you, depends on your hair, your skin, your values, even the water hardness.
For one person a certain hair soap is the best, for another person a solid shampoo is the best solution.
If you haven’t found the best shampoo bar for your needs, read below about ‘How to find the right shampoo bar?”
Can I use my shampoo bar on my body as well?
In general you can use all shampoo bars also for your body. That is very handy especially when you’re travelling and want to save space in your luggage. For regular use it would be best to use the shampoo bar for hair only because it’s made especially for certain hair types and skin has different requirements long term.
There are some hair soaps that are especially made to be used on hair and body:
Rhassoul & Salt Hair & Body Soap Bar (for sensitive skin and scalp)
3-in-1 Travel soap (great for hair, skin, hands, face and has a deodorising effect)
How to use a shampoo bar?
With both hair soap and solid shampoo it’s important to make your hair really entirely wet. Make the shampoo bar wet as well. Hold it only for a short moment under water. Then you have two options:
- Foam up between your hands: Just as you do with a soap bar when you start washing your hands. Put the bar aside and distribute foam over your hair.
- Rub the bar over your head 2-3 times: Use the bar right on your head and rub it in large circular motion. Gently, ok? Then put it aside.
Now foam up by kneading with your fingers. First make foam on your head directly, then distribute it to the length.
If you feel like it doesn’t foam enough, rinse and repeat the whole process. Second time it might foam more. Solid shampoo foams usually more than hair soaps.
It’s important to use only a little bit. The result will not be good if too much of the shampoo bar is used.
Rinse very well.
How to transition from liquid shampoo to shampoo bar?
If your hair and scalp is used to daily washes with a liquid shampoo, switching to a shampoo bar can have a transition phase. It might even happen that you’re not initially happy with the result. Here are some tips on how to make the transition easier.
Coming from a ‘regular’ shampoo which might contain SLS, your scalp is used to producing a lot of oils. Because the shampoo is so cleansing that it takes away many of the oils that are made by the scalp in order to protect the hair. That’s why many people have to wash their hair daily. The scalp tries to keep up but the shampoo takes away too much. Shampoo bars can also contain SLS (some from lush do) but all shampoo bars that you can find at oodles and pinches are free of SLS.
To slowly transition into a shampoo bar hair care routine, it would be best to start with a solid shampoo. Those also contain surfactants like liquid shampoos but those are gentler than SLS.
It’s important to use solid shampoo sparingly (read how to use shampoo bars?).
You may find over time that you don’t need to wash your hair daily anymore. You can try to space out the times between washes slowly.
After a couple of weeks of less washing using a solid shampoo, you can see if you want to move on to a hair soap. They take away even less of the oils while still cleansing your hair.
Make sure to read about vinegar rinse as well. This can greatly influence your result with hair soaps.
How to store a shampoo bar? Where to place the shampoo bar?
The right shampoo bar storage is very important to make the bar last longer. Hair soap, solid shampoo and conditioner bars need to dry entirely between uses. So don’t make a soap box your permanent storage solution because it keeps humidity inside. The bar might get very soft, even slimy and next time the bar is used, too much of the products gets into your hair and washed away.
Place your shampoo bar and conditioner bar on a soap dish. The best soap dish provides a lot of air from all sides. A solid soap dish without a whole or even one with one whole is not the best option. The bar needs more air space even on the bottom. Those two options are really good:
Make sure to put the soap dish or loofah disque at a well ventilated space where it’s not sprinkled with water from the shower.
Rectangular hair soaps can easily stand on their short site. That way the larger surfaces can dry quicker.
How to find the right shampoo bar?
Now the question is… which shampoo bar is best for me? How to find the right shampoo bar?
Is your hair used to liquid shampoo (with SLS)? Then I recommend you start with a solid shampoo. You can also get started with a hair soap but just know that there may be a transition phase. A hair rinse will make the hair smoother when using a hair soap.
Are you already using hair soaps? Then hop right into all the hair soap types!
All shampoo bars that you can find here are 100% cruelty-free, meaning they were never tested on animals (only on humans… 🙂 ). Most shampoo bars here are vegan. The only non-vegan ingredient that is allowed in our products is honey and bee’s wax. You will not find any other animal ingredients in any of our products.
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