Shampoo Bars...What's All The Fuss?
Shampoo bars are one of our more recent additions. We take a lot of thought and research before we add a new product to our store. This is one that we were sold on almost immediately!
So the concept of a bar of shampoo may sound odd to most of us, it’s actually not a new idea at all.
Shampoo’s were primarily all made in solid bar form until about the 1940’s. Before that they were likely a bar.
And if you really want some craziness until about 1890 people used the same bar for their skin as they did for their hair!
I can’t even imagine the mess my hair would have been!
Anyway, fast forward back to the present and we have rediscovered the shampoo bar.
And I am so glad we did!
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first.
My hair is very finicky.
I cannot just grab whatever off the shelf at Wal-Mart and expect any cooperation from my hair so I had dim hopes about the handmade shampoo bars.
Man, I was wrong.
They are extremely lathering, creamy and wonderfully conditioning. They leave you with super shiny, clean, and vibrant hair. I am in love for sure.
So what made me entertain them to begin with?
Well, there were a few reasons we decided to look a little harder.
The first of those being the ingredients. Again, just like a bar of soap at the store, we took a harder look at the ingredients we were dousing our heads in and we were not impressed with the lengthy list of chemicals on the label of our shampoo.
So, while our shampoo bars do contain some synthetics, I think we can all agree it is not the laundry list on the commercial bottles.
Second came down to packaging.
Now for our shampoo bars we have the card stock boxes that they are in and then the shrink wrap that each one is secured in.
The card stock is of course recycled and can be recycled.
The shrink wrap however, is still shrink wrap.
But we did take solace in the fact that the small amount of shrink wrap is significantly less that a shampoo bottle. According to Forbes magazine, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic is not recycled.
Our last reason ended up being on we did not anticipate initially. They last sooo long! Seriously, one of those bars will last me 3 months! It’s crazy and I love it!
So what benefits are there to me using a shampoo bar instead of bottled shampoo?
A great advantage to shampoo bars over bottled shampoo is the lack of chemicals you are pouring on your scalp.
Our shampoos are gentle. Customers that have started using them have reported a number of improvements to their hair and scalp.
Lack of Dandruff. Customers that had previously struggled with dry, itchy or flaky scalp reported their noticed an almost immediate improvement.
They do not strip your hair of it’s natural oils the way store bought shampoos do. This allows your hair to stay shiny, soft and manageable.
Travel! This was a huge one for some of our customers that take a lot of flights. The TSA has no qualms with bar soap and they are allowed in your carry on luggage. This saves a lot of headaches when traveling.
No leakage! Because it is not a liquid in a bottle you don’t have to worry about it leaking in your gym bag, or falling in the shower and causing the equivalent of an oil slide.
Other attributes that were reported include:
Less Shedding and Breaking
More defined curls
Retained the color longer
How long will a shampoo bar last?
How long a bar will last for you will depend on several factors.
Length of hair, thickness of hair, how often you shampoo...these factor all play a part.
A good rule of thumb is to expect a bar to last you about as long as 4-5 bottles of your old shampoo would have lasted.
To help your bar last longer make sure to keep it where it can drain between uses.
It helps to use a soap dish that allows the water to drain off of your bar after each use, never let it sit in a puddle of water.
If it does get left in a puddle and ends up soggy, simply set it out to dry and it should be as good as new in a couple of days.
How do I use my shampoo bar?
Well, this depends on your preference.
Some people prefer to use it directly on their hair, letting the scrubbing motion trigger the lather.
Others prefer to rub the bar in their hands to build a sudsy lather that way, then applying it to their hair.
There is no wrong way, it depends on which you are more comfortable with.
Whatever the option you choose, be sure to rinse well after you use.
If you have any questions about our shampoo bars, please feel free to reach out to us!
We hope that you enjoy the new found wonders of shampoo bars as much as we do.