Are shampoo bars better for hair?
It depends. Liquid shampoos can be specially formulated to address specific hair types; whereas, most shampoo bars are more general in nature. That said, many commercial shampoos contain detergents. These strip natural moisture from the hair and scalp. Shampoo bars clear away residue left by chemicals in traditional hair cleansers.
What is the difference between a shampoo bar and soap?
Soaps and shampoo bars use different formulations. The ingredients in shampoo bars are specifically balanced to work with hair (that said, shampoo bars can be used on your whole body). The big difference in these formulations relates to the types of oils used—and the amount. The recipes we use for our shampoo bars make them more suitable for lathering and moisturizing—without weighing down your hair.
What are the best shampoo bars?
That’s a difficult question to answer. We’re tempted to say “ours”, but we’re (admittedly) biased. Everyone’s hair care needs are unique. Shampoo bars are equally unique, with each one containing varying blends of moisturizing oils and butters. So, check the detailed notes on each of our soap bars to see which ones will do what you need. If you can’t find something suitable, run a Google search for shampoo bars and try some other brands—to find what’s right for you.
Are shampoo bars bad for your hair?
Bar shampoos can have a more waxy consistency due to high concentration of cleansers—and this wax can build up in your hair. To avoid build up, you can rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. This will remove the waxy coating. It’ll also add shine to your hair. Also, if your hair is long, curly, or porous, shampoo bars might leave your hair more tangled or frizzy feeling.
I’ve noticed a waxy-feeling in my hair. Do you have any suggestions to help with this?
Sometimes when people switch from commercial hair care to natural shampoo bars, there is a short period of adjustment for your hair—during which time chemical build-up starts coming out. We suggest rinsing with organic apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s brand works well), after you shampoo your hair. If your scalp is too sensitive for the vinegar, dilute the vinegar with water or tilt your head down—so you are just rinsing the hair with vinegar. Then use a small amount of our conditioner. You’ll find that the build-up comes out quicker and the vinegar leaves a nice shine.
What’s in a shampoo bar?
There are many shampoo bars on the market, and they vary in type, ingredients, process, quality. That said, most shampoo bars contain cleansing oils, moisturizing oils, and some combination of essential oils, plants/botanicals, and/or fresh scents. We are very particular about the ingredients we use for our shampoo bars. We aim to include as few ingredients as possible—and of the highest quality we can source.
Is it OK to use bar soap on hair?
For the most part, soap is soap. Certain types work better than others, depending on your requirements. So, it’s all about what works for you. If you have notably dry hair, you might prefer using bar soap, as the added oil in it will moisturize your hair. (In some cases this might even allow you to skip using conditioner, altogether.)
How do you wash your hair with a shampoo bar?
It’s easy! Wet your hair thoroughly. Then, rub the shampoo bar against your wet hair. Start with your scalp and then work down to the ends. (This will start creating lather.) As you do, the shampoo will spread along your hair. Once finished, rinse your hair to wash away the soap. Finally, rinse off the shampoo bar, and place on a soap dish (with drainage).
Are your shampoo bars free of sulphates?
They sure are. Our shampoo bars are free of sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and all other preservatives. Additionally, they are silicone free, paraben free, and gluten free. They contain no detergents, artificial fragrance, color, alcohol, DEA, urea, or formaldehyde. They are also cruelty-free (we do not test on animals), vegan, and as sustainable as we can make them.
More questions? Check our Shampoo Bar FAQ