What is a Shampoo Bar

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SHAMPOO BARS are one of our favorite discoveries!

The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.

Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea. They were commonly used before our the liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940's.

Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.

If you are not used to solid shampoo bars the concept may sound a bit strange, but they are WONDERFUL! Super rich with loads of fluffy lather, our natural shampoo bars are made in small batches using recipes meticulously developed to naturally clean and condition your scalp and leave hair soft, shiny, clean, and most of all healthy.

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Our scented shampoo bars are made with natural botanical essential oils. The essential oil blends we use are formulated for their therapeutic value as well as for their lovely fragrance.

Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium laurel sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.

Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.

 

 

How Well Do They Lather?

Although foamy lather is not necessary for cleaning, most people agree that a shampoo MUST have lots of lather. Made with lathering oils like coconut, babassu and castor bean, our solid shampoo bars have an absolutely fabulous, fluffy lather.

 

Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair ?

Click here for help choosing an all natural shampoo bar!

 

How Do I use a Solid Shampoo Bar?

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Begin with thoroughly wet hair. Gently rub wet the shampoo bar directly onto your hair from scalp to ends in a combing motion.

Cover each section of your hair. Gently massage scalp and hair, adding more water as needed, until a good lather forms.  To prevent tangles, be sure to always work from the top down, don't pile your hair on your head and use your fingers like a comb not a mixer.

You can also lather the bar in your hands and using your fingers like a comb, smooth the lather along your hair.

Be sure that you really get a good lather and rinse, rinse, rinse! Repeat if desired.

Relax, you can wash your hair with natural shampoo everyday! It cleans thoroughly without drying or coating your hair or scalp. Dry and style your hair as normal.

For Ida's Technique and more info on How to Use a Shampoo Bar--click here!

 

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How Long Will A Shampoo Bar Last?

With the water removed, this concentrated shampoo bar can do the job of 4 to 5 bottles of commercial liquid shampoo and there is no plastic bottle to throw away afterwards. How long a bar will last depends on how many people are using it and how often you wash your hair.  Here are some tips:

  • Don't let your shampoo bar sit in a puddle of water
  • Store soap on a well drained soap dish
  • Allow soap plenty of fresh air to dry between uses  
  • If your bar ever gets waterlogged and becomes gooey, simply set it on a draining soap dish for a few days and let it dry out thoroughly

 

Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Color Treated Hair?

We have many customers who color their hair and use our gentle shampoo bars. One customers who "darkens" her hair wrote to tell us that she is now able to go one month longer before re-coloring her hair. Another customer who "lightens" her hair, wrote that the color stays "nicer" longer and she does not get that "brassy" blonde color anymore.  But since everyone's hair and coloring products are different, please do a strand test to judge for yourself.

The good thing about the shampoo bars is that they actually prolong color - before I started using them, I'd have to dye my hair every 3 weeks, now its every 5-6 weeks. Venessa, Indiana

 

Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Permed Hair?

We have many customers who perm their hair and use our shampoo bars. Because they are simply soap, shampoo bars will not strip natural protective oils from your hair. One customer told us that her perms stay "fresher" longer since she started using shampoo bars. But since everyone's hair and perming products are different, please do a strand test to judge for yourself.

 

Do I Still Need To Use Conditioner?

For Body & Luster

If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry--you may need a conditioner--that's another plastic bottle saved! Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which are actually drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are usually needed. Our natural shampoo bars will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair.  Click here to read more about ACV rinses. 

For Tangly Hair

Hair tangles result when individual hairs go in different directions and intertwine. The outer layer of the hair,Decrease Hair Tangles the cuticle, is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof. The condition of the cuticle scales in part determines whether you are going to have tangly hair. When you shampoo or even wet your hair, the cuticle opens making it prone to tangling.  

The way you shampoo and your hair type can affect hair tangles. I have long fine, thin hair that is very prone to tangling. Just imagine all of those little strands of hair as very thin strings—now put little burrs on the strings (the open cuticle) and you can see my problem.

When I used commercial shampoo I would go through a 16 ounce bottle of conditioner every week—just to get a comb through my hair. Using my shampoo bars has made a big difference.

I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse very day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older my hair has become dryer and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times week.  

I have perfected a washing technique that helps with my tangles (see below), sometimes I need a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends or I use our Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Detangler blend.  I have also found that if I use a large toothed comb to comb through the length of my hair while it is still lathered up and continue to comb as I rinse the tangles comb out easily. 

 

Does Everyone Need to Use a Vinegar Rinse?

Whether or not you need to use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse depends on a number of factors.

Your water (as described above)
Hair length: many of our male customers and woman with short hair have found that they do not need to rinse with vinegar, simply because their hair is short.
Tangles: ACV rinses often help with tangles
Residue: If your hair has residue from previous products or you regularly use conditioners, styling gels etc., our shampoo bars are mild and may not remove residue from your hair like detergent shampoos
Your hair type: everyone's hair is unique

   

 

Will My Hair Need to Adjust to Shampoo Bars?

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Switching from conventional shampoo to a natural shampoo bar often means a transition or adjustment period. These transition periods can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month.  

We have been making shampoo bars for over 10 years and have received so many questions. Below are links to pages that may help answer your adjustment questions. 

Success with Shampoo Bars 

Make Your Own Natural Vinegar Hair Rinse

How Your Water Affects Your Hair