Many of us are constantly looking for ways to improve our self care routines. An increasingly popular solution to this end is to use shampoo and conditioner bars instead of bottled soaps, but what are they, and how do you use them?
A shampoo bar is a solid, concentrated form of shampoo that typically comes in a bar or block. Unlike liquid shampoos, shampoo bars do not contain water, which makes them more concentrated and longer-lasting. Shampoo bars are also more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditional liquid shampoos, as they produce less waste and packaging.
Wet the bar and your hair
To use a shampoo bar, start by wetting your hair and the shampoo bar. Rub the shampoo bar between your hands to create a lather, and then apply the lather to your hair. Massage the shampoo into your scalp and hair, making sure to cover all areas. Once you’re happy that your head and scalp are truly clean, you can rinse the shampoo out of your hair thoroughly.
Tips for people with thick hair
If you have long or thick hair, you may need to use more shampoo and lather to fully cleanse your hair. You can also try using the shampoo bar directly on your hair, without creating a lather in your hands first. Some people find that this method produces more lather and is easier to apply to their hair.
After using the shampoo bar, it’s important to follow up with a conditioner. This will help restore moisture to your hair and make it easier to detangle and style. You can use a conditioner bar, which is similar to a shampoo bar but formulated to nourish and condition your hair.
Alternatively, you can use a liquid conditioner. There are different kinds of conditioners depending on what kind of hair you have. For example, if you already have naturally oily hair, you won’t need a particularly oily conditioner bar.
Storing the bar
To store your shampoo bar, keep it in a dry place, away from water. Some people like to store their shampoo bar in a soap dish with drainage holes, which helps the bar dry out between uses. Others like to keep their shampoo bar in a container or bag to protect it from getting wet. Either way, you want to make sure that it isn’t stored damp between uses, or it might become excessively soggy and deteriorate.
Using a shampoo bar can take some getting used to, especially if you’re accustomed to using liquid shampoos. It may take a few tries to find the right technique and amount of shampoo to use on your hair. But, with very little practice, you’ll be able to use a shampoo bar effectively and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer, from the decreased environmental impact to the more gentle and natural approach to scalp and hair care.