A List of General FAQs about Shampoo Bars

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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.

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 and exotic butters to 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.

Extra Honey Shampoo

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.

How Do I use a Solid Shampoo Bar?

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Couldn't be simpler - get your hair very wet and then massage the bar against your hair in a small circular motion until you work up a rich lather. Some of my test subjects (I mean friends) said it was easier to rub the bar between your hands to work up some lather, then rub your hands directly on your hair. Work the lather into your scalp and rinse thoroughly.  Be sure that you really get a good lather and rinse, rinse, rinse!

Repeat if you like. 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 and then enjoy how shiny and clean it looks.

Ida's Technique

You have to experiment with your unique hair type. I have long, fine hair. Below is my technique for using a shampoo bar. I...

  1. thoroughly wet my hair
  2. tie my long hair into a loose pony tail
  3. wet the shampoo bar and rub the bar across my head in strokes from front to back until I have covered the entire scalp area. (I have found that if I rub any shampoo vigorously in all directions, my fine long hair gets very tangled)
  4. massage my entire scalp to work the lather through my hair. I do not rub the bar or work the lather on the length of my hair.
  5. take out my ponytail and rinse allowing the shampoo to drip down the length of my hair. I have found that this rinsing is enough to clean the length of my hair.
  6. rinse for at LEAST one minute as I rub my fingers through my hair to be sure that all of the shampoo is out
  7. squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover in a towel while I dry off the rest of me. I do not rub the towel over my wet hair because it causes nasty tangles.
  8. use a wide toothed comb and gently comb from the bottom up

How Long Will A Shampoo Bar Last?

With the water removed, this little shampoo bar will last up to 5 times longer than conventional liquid style shampoo and there is no plastic bottle to throw away afterwards. Conditioner is not usually needed either and that's another plastic bottle saved!

Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Color Treated Hair?

We have many customers who color their hair and use our 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. Because they are simply soap, shampoo bars will not strip color from your hair as fast as the detergents in commercial shampoos. 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?

It depends on the function of your conditioner. Hair "conditioner" is a very vague term. Hair conditioners fall into different categories depending on what you want to accomplish with your hair. If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry--the answer is probably no. Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which are actually drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are often 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.

Tangly hair is another story. Hair tangles result when individual hairs go in different directions and intertwine. The outer layer of the hair, 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 your hair the cuticle opens. When the cuticle layers are open and not knit together you are even more prone to tangling. The strong detergents in commercial shampoo open the cuticle even more, making it more prone to tangles. So using our all natural shampoo bars helps with normal tangling.

But everyone’s hair is different! Also, the way you shampoo and even the type of water you have 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 had to use gobs of conditioner. I shampoo every day and 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. Sometimes, after shampooing, I can tell that my hair is snarl-free (usually that's when I have taken the time to lather up the shampoo bar in my hands and then massage it through my hair). Other times, especially when I am in lazy mode and just rub the shampoo bar all over my head, I get tangles. Then I use either a vinegar rinse or a small amount (like a teaspoon) of conditioner. The vinegar is an acid which helps to close the cuticle of the hair. A small amount of conditioner will coat hair strand and help the cuticle on your hair lie flat. That same bottle of conditioner now lasts me over six weeks! Read more about using a natural vinegar rinse!

Will A Shampoo Bar Leave a Soap Residue?

Whether you realize it or not your liquid shampoo leaves a residue. Many hairdressers will tell you that it is a good idea to change shampoo brands regularly. This is a common scenario when you try a new shampoo--at first your hair feels funny, then you love it for a week or two--but then your hair seems dull and lifeless again. The fist week it was stripping your hair of the old shampoo residue--then it begins to leave its own!

Please do not use a shampoo bar once or twice and decide you don't like it. You need to give the shampoo bars about a week to rid your hair of the old residues from your commercial shampoo. Because shampoo bar soaps do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos you may notice your hair feeling different after washing than you may be accustomed. This is perfectly normal, you'll love how your hair feels after it dries. I use our shampoo bars on my long hair. My hair is much softer than when I was using liquid shampoo and I never need separate conditioner anymore.

If you are worried about residue, have very hard water, or just want extra shiny, healthy hair, see our information on How Your Water Affects Your Hair.

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

Hair is often damaged and stripped of its natural lipid coating by harsh shampoos, leaving hair dry, brittle and lacking luster.  Harsh shampoos can cause increase shedding and scalp irritation.

Try wholesome the goodness of our handcrafted shampoo bars and pamper your hair.