Shampoo bars, you may have heard of them, you may not. What are they and should you use them?
With the growing eco conscious and zero waste movement more plastic free and solid products have arrived on the market. While some of them are new ideas most are just old ways reinvented to fit our current needs.
But what is a shampoo bar?
There exist two versions of shampoo bars, but to keep it short, we’ll focus one the ones know as syndet bars (synthetic detergent), these are the ones you will most likely encounter from bigger sellers, like Lush. These are also the ones we sell and highly recommend over the soap-based versions.
A shampoo bar is a solid form of shampoo that resembles a bar of soap but made for hair specifically. It is an alternative to traditional liquid shampoos. Shampoo bars are typically handcrafted using many of the same components as the liquid version, though often with more environment conscious ingredients. But most important of all they are made without or with very little water. In traditional liquid shampoo up to 80% of what you pay for is just water, water in a plastic bottle that have been transported a long way. With solid shampoo you get 100% shampoo goodness without the water and waste.
All in all, they are a solid shampoo that basically works in the same way you are used too, but often with milder and more sustainable ingredients that your hair and scalp will love. But like with every thing else it’s about finding the right formular for you.
Still not convinced? Here are 6 reasons you should make the switch.
Traditional shampoo bottles are typically made of plastic, which contributes to the ever-growing problem of plastic pollution. In contrast, solid shampoo bars often come packaged in minimal or plastic-free packaging, reducing the amount of waste generated. By switching to solid shampoo, you can significantly reduce your plastic consumption and make a positive impact on the environment.
Reduced water usage and lower transport emissions:
Liquid shampoos contain a significant amount of water, while shampoo bars don’t. By using shampoo bars, you eliminate the need to ship and transport water, reducing resource consumption and carbon emissions associated with transportation.
Solid shampoo bars are a convenient option for frequent travelers or those on the go. They are compact, lightweight, and don’t take up much space in your luggage. Additionally, there are no concerns about leakage or exceeding liquid restrictions when traveling by air. By switching to solid shampoo, you can simplify your travel routine while reducing the environmental impact of your trips.
Long-lasting and cost-effective:
Solid shampoo bars typically last longer than traditional liquid shampoos. Due to their concentrated formula, you can achieve the same cleaning power with a smaller amount of product. This longevity translates into cost savings over time, making solid shampoo an economical choice.
Milder ingredients for better hair health:
Many solid shampoo bars are formulated with natural ingredients that are gentle on your hair and scalp. They often lack harsh chemicals like sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrances that can strip away natural oils and cause damage. Switching to solid shampoo can help promote healthier hair by nourishing and restoring its natural balance.
Versatility and variety:
Solid shampoo bars come in a wide range of options tailored to different hair types, including dry, oily, curly, and itchy hair. With the variety available, you can easily find a bar that suits your specific hair needs. Some solid shampoo bars also offer multi-purpose benefits, such as acting as a shampoo and conditioner in one, further simplifying your hair care routine.
Support small businesses:
Shampoo bars are often handcrafted by small local businesses. By choosing these products, you can support local entrepreneurs, artisans, and communities.
Making the switch from traditional liquid shampoos to shampoo bars offers a host of benefits. They reduce plastic waste, conserve water resources, support local businesses, and provide convenience for travelers. With natural ingredients and long-lasting formulas, shampoo bars offer a sustainable and effective alternative to traditional shampoos. So, why not make the switch to shampoo bars and embrace an eco-friendlier and hair-loving hair care routine?
Remember, one small change can make a significant difference for the environment and your overall well-being.
How to use a shampoo bar:
- Wet the shampoo bar and lather it between your hands or directly onto your head.
- Massage the foam into your hair and scalp, ensuring that it reaches all areas.
- Leave the lather on your hair for a short period, allowing the ingredients to work their magic.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly with water, ensuring all traces of the shampoo are removed.
- If needed, repeat the process for a second round of cleansing.
- After each use, store the shampoo bar in a dry place to ensure it dries completely between uses. This helps prolong its lifespan.
If you’re ready to embrace an eco-friendly hair care routine, explore our selection of shampoo bars here. Our carefully crafted bars are made with thoughtful ingredients, providing a nourishing experience for both your hair and the environment. Make the switch to shampoo bars and enjoy a greener, healthier hair care journey.