What Are Shampoo Bars?
My first experience with a shampoo bar was about 3 years ago. I ordered a few samples online.
I tried them and liked them, but eventually transitioned back to the everyday drug store. I also purchased a few high end shampoos but higher cost does not always equal higher value.
The traditional bottle of shampoo is easier to find and purchase. Just a swing down the grocery, aisle 9, and I find several dozen varieties of bottled shampoo.
But my mind went back to those shampoo bars. They did not contain the harsh chemicals found in traditional shampoos. Sulfates were drying my hair, and depending on the shampoo, my hair did not feel truly clean.
Co-washing, or cleansing my hair with a conditioner or co-washing cleansing, does the trick on most wash days. However, when I have a large amount of product build-up from sprays, oils, gels, ect., I need a deeper cleanse.
Since I am a soap maker, it only made sense to research natural ingredients that are healthy for the hair and scalp, and create a shampoo bar. So I did just that. Now I have a line of handmade shampoo bars that I cannot live without.
So is a shampoo bar just a bar of soap?
Yes and no. My shampoo bars are made using the same process as my natural soaps. However, I have altered my shampoo bar recipes to add ingredients like shea butter, castor oil, jojoba oil and coconut milk. These ingredients give the lather more moisture. A proper process and nourishing ingredients separates a shampoo bar from a traditional bar of soap.
A specially formulated shampoo bar is the better choice for many hair types. An added bonus is that many do use a shampoo bar to cleanse their entire body. We all love getting multiple uses out of one product don’t we?
How to use a shampoo bar?
How you use a shampoo bar really depends on your hair type, length, and personal preference. My hair is kinky, curly, and coily. It easily tangles when wet. So the best option for me to wash my hair sections. If you have short hair, you can massage the bar at the roots of your hair and let the lather flow.
To avoid split ends, do not rub the shampoo bar directly against your hair strands or on the ends of your hair.
Lather at the root. Use the tips of your fingers to massage and clean your scalp. As you rinse your hair, the lather will flow and clean down to the ends of your hair.
Follow your shampoo bar experience with a conditioner. A natural moisturizing conditioner will add softness to your hair. Apple cider vinegar rinses are my favorite. Check out one of my favorite recipes here. It to restore the hair to its natural ph level.
If you are looking for a natural drug store brand conditioner, Shea Moisture, TGIN, and Tresemme are a few of my favorite brands.
Shampoo bar tip: To extend the life of your shampoo, keep your bar dry between washes.
What is my favorite shampoo bar?
There are some good ones on the market but of course I am completely in love with my recipes.
All of my bars are listed in my Etsy shop if you want to give one a try!
My favorite is the The Abundantly You Coconut Milk and Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar and the Ayurveda Shampoo Bar with Lavender Essential Oil.
The rhassoul clay bar is made with coconut milk, butters, and lavender essential oil. The fragrance is amazing and its chemical free.
The Ayurveda shampoo bar is composed with my a few of my favorite ayurveda powders: Amla, Shikakai, and Bhringraj. These plant based ingredients make this shampoo bar both cleansing and conditioning.
Although I have not tried every shampoo bar on the market, I would dare to say that most bars provides a silky, moisturizing lather that deeply cleanses.
Shampoo Bar Benefits Summary
- Many are sulfate and chemical free and vegan.
- No waste. No bottle to clutter up space or throw away.
- Easy for travel. Fits perfectly in your beauty bag. TSA approved.
- Removes product build
- Naturally conditions
- Most shampoo bars can be cut to easily fit the shape of your hand.
- Long lasting when stored in dry place.
Have you used shampoo bars before? What was your experience? Let’s chat about it in the comments.