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How to use a Shampoo Bar: a step-by-step guide

A small step for you, a great step against plastic pollution

We hope you are ready to join the exciting world of plastic-free shampoos. Not only shampoo bars avoid the waste produced by 2 to 3 bottles
of plastic, but they also reduce the Co2 production caused by transportation (less weight = less fuel consumed).
Solid shampoos are the newest hair care trend that hooked many Americans from the first try. Not only will you have great hair,
but you will also feel a sense of pride knowing that you pollute less.

A short transition period

When you switch from classic shampoo to a bar, there is a transition period that may take 3 to 7 days.
During this period, your hair will appear a bit more oily than usual. This is because your scalp is used to be stripped of its sebum
every day. After this adaptation period, your hair will get accustomed to shampoo bar foam.
Be patient and give your shampoo bar a chance. You will be rewarded with stronger, shinier, and healthier hair after just one week of use.

How to use your shampoo bar

  1. Wet your hair and palms
  2. Lather the bar in your hands for 15 seconds
  3. Put your solid shampoo down in its dedicated storage
  4. Massage well the lather into your roots
  5. Do not pile your hair on top of your head to lather: it is a source of unwanted tangles
  6. Rinse your hair
  7. Repeat the “lather + massage + rinse” steps for a more vigorous wash (if you have oily hair)
  8. Apply conditioner if needed, especially if you have dry hair

How to use a shampoo bar on long hair

  1. Wet your hair and palms
  2. Lather the bar in your hands for 15 seconds
  3. Put your solid shampoo down in its dedicated storage
  4. Massage well the lather into your roots
  5. Do not pile your hair on top of your head to lather: it is a source of unwanted tangles
  6. Run the bar down the length of your hair
  7. Rinse your hair
  8. Repeat the “lather + massage + rinse” steps for a more vigorous wash (if you have oily hair)
  9. Apply conditioner if needed, especially if you have long hair

You have to experiment with your unique hair type and find the method that best suits your needs !

How to use your conditioner bar

  1. Wet your hair and palms
  2. Wash your hair
  3. Be sure to rinse well of the shampoo
  4. Rub the bar on your hair until it is evenly distributed.
  5. Let the conditioner to penetrate well for at least 5 minutes
  6. Rinse your hair
  7. Repeat if necessary, in case of very frizzy hair

Can you use shampoo bar as body soap?

You can perfectly use your favorite shampoo bar as gentle body wash as they are very gentle for your skin.

Why does hair feel greasy after using a shampoo bar?

Firstly,  you simply might be using a soap disguised as shampoo. Soaps are notoriously not good for hair due to their high pH. 

Secondly, if your transition period of 7 days has passed by,  you might need to test another shampoo bar , more cleaning than your current one. 

How to use shampoo bar in hard water

If you have hard water in your home, you may find it more difficult to transition to shampoo bars.

This is because the ingredients in bar shampoos are too gentle to strip out mineral deposits from your hair.

However, you can try attaching a new shower head to your shower that is designed to soften water. This will allow your shampoo bar to work more effectively on the natural oils in your scalp.

Just mix 2 cups of collected rainwater with 3 cups of your regular tap (hard) water.

Boil them together, and then let it cool down. Use it for your final rinse or for your entire shampoo if you have enough!

  1. Install a shower head filter.
  2. Use deep moisturizers and conditioners.
  3. Make A Natural Acidic Rinse.
  4. Install a Whole-House Water Softener.

How to store a shampoo bar 

There are a few things to keep in mind when storing your shampoo bar. 

First, make sure the bar is almost dry before storing it. If it is wet, it will dissolve quicker and become unusable.

Second, store the bar in a tray in a dry place. A humid environment will cause the bar to soften and may cause it to disintegrate.

Finally, wooden trays are considered more sustainable than plastic trays. We recommend bamboo trays as this type of wood renew itself very quickly !

 

A few tips for beautiful hair

Use natural oil masks to restore shine and hydration

Natural fatty acids, such as coconut oil or shea butter, are deeply
moisturizing. Apply them to the lengths in the evening before going to
bed. To maximize the oils’ moisturizing properties, you can wrap your
hair in a towel after applying your hair mask.

Moisturize and detangle daily

These natural lightweight oils are perfect to use in your morning routine:

  • argan oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • jojoba oil
  • rosehip seed oil
  • sweet almond oil.

A few drops when your hair are still wet will help with detangling and bring lots of shine throughout the day.

Minimize external aggressions

  • Avoid ammonia-based products as often as possible
  • Limit the number of annual Brazilian straightening sessions Dry your hair with medium warm heat
  • Prefer a gentle ceramic straightener over a classic one . You can couple it with a heat protecting spray
  • Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo
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