What Are Shampoo Bars?
Shampoo bars work in the same way as traditional liquid shampoo. They remove sebum build-up and leave the hair feeling fresh. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents, making them suitable for people with all hair types.
If you're thinking of making sustainable swaps to your daily routine, then read on for some of the top benefits of shampoo bars.
How To Use Shampoo Bars Correctly
There's a right and a wrong way to use shampoo bars. If you don't use them correctly, you could be prone to knots and tangles.
Follow these steps to get the most out of your shampoo bar:
- Get your hair wet first
- Put your shampoo bar in water for a few seconds before gently rubbing it between your palms until it begins to lather
- Place your shampoo bar back in a soap dish
- Using your soapy hands, begin massaging and cleansing the scalp
- Rub the rest of the soap through the lengths of the hair
- Let it sit in your hair for a minute or two
- Rinse out the soap with lukewarm water
- (Optional step) Use a conditioner bar to prevent tangles if you have very thick or curly hair
How Often Do You Need To Use Them?
How often you use your shampoo bar depends on your hair type. If you have very thin and oily hair, you could use it as often as 4 or 5 times a week.
Generally, it's not recommended that you use a shampoo bar every day, as the hair and scalp could become dry and irritated. Even if your shampoo bar is made of natural ingredients, washing your hair too frequently could strip too much moisture from the hair.
If you must wash your hair every day, just apply it to the scalp to prevent the rest of your hair from drying out.
Can Shampoo Bars Be Used on Curly Hair?
The great thing about shampoo bars is they are suitable for all hair types, even curly hair!
The only things to remember is that curly hair can be prone to dryness and tangles, so avoid washing your hair too frequently. For curly and coily hair types, once or twice a week is usually enough.
When using the shampoo bar, avoid rubbing it all over the hair, as this can create friction and lead to tangles. Just lather it up in your hands and rub that all over your scalp instead. You'll get far better results!
Shampoo Bar Benefits
The main benefit of shampoo bars is they don't contain any plastic. While most shampoo bottles in the stores arrive in plastic packaging, shampoo bars are often packaged in a small amount of cardboard.
The packaging is usually recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable, which is much better for the environment and reduces unnecessary waste.
Use Less Water
What's the number 1 ingredient in most shampoo? Water. In fact, most shampoo bottles contain more than 80% water. On the other hand, shampoo bars are in their most concentrated form, so less water is needed.
Shampoo bars are small and compact. If you're going on holiday or taking a short trip, you can simply put your shampoo bar in a compact travel tin and take it with you.
It takes up less space in your suitcase, and there's no worry of it spilling everywhere or leaking out. It's a better option than liquid shampoo when you're on the move!
They don't just save you some space in your luggage, but they save space in your bathroom cupboards, too.
How many of us are guilty of keeping lots of shampoo and conditioner bottles that contain just a small amount of liquid left? Using shampoo bars fixes that issue as they take up little space, and you can use up all of the product until there is nothing left.
Better for Your Hair
While many shampoo products contain harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances, most shampoo bars are made from natural and organic ingredients.
Your hair and scalp will benefit from fewer chemicals. In fact, you'll probably notice that your hair is healthier and shinier as a result!
Simplify Your Hair Routine
Do you have countless hair and beauty products on your shelves that are barely used? We all get in the habit of buying more than what we need and then regretting it.
Many people who switch to shampoo bars find that the condition of their hair significantly improves, and they don't need to use anything else on their hair. Some people skip the conditioner, hair masks, and leave-in products altogether.
Using just a shampoo bar on your hair saves you both time and money. The best part? Your hair will still feel great and healthy.
Save You Money
As shampoo bars are more concentrated than conventional liquid shampoo, you only need to use a small amount to get the same results.
On average, a shampoo bar should last up to 3 times longer than a bottle of liquid shampoo!
Did you know you can also use shampoo bars on your body and as a shaving bar? This means that you'll be cutting back on other products and saving money along the way.
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