Like most people, you probably think shampoo only comes in a bottle. But did you know there is another, more sustainable way to wash your hair? Shampoo bars are solid bars that clean your hair, just like regular shampoo. They come in a variety of scents and formulas, and they have several benefits over traditional shampoo.
What are shampoo bars?
Shampoo bars are a concentrated form of shampoo that resembles a bar of soap. They are typically formulated with natural ingredients such as plant-based oils and butters, essential oils, and botanical extracts, which gently cleanse and nourish your hair. Because shampoo bars contain little water, the signature ingredients are more concentrated than liquid shampoo. So you only need a small amount to get the same cleaning power.
Are shampoo bars a better way to wash your hair?
The short answer is yes! There are many benefits to ditching the bottle and using a shampoo bar in your haircare routine:
Cost-effective and Long-Lasting
Shampoo bars last longer than liquid shampoos due to their concentrated, water-free formula. One shampoo bar can last for up to 60-80 washes, the equivalent of 2-3 bottles of liquid shampoo, making them a cost-effective choice.
Shampoo bars contribute to reducing plastic waste and CO2 emissions from transportation. They significantly reduce plastic waste with minimal packaging, often just a recyclable paper wrap. In the United States alone, around 552 million plastic shampoo bottles end up in landfills annually.
Many shampoo bars are made from natural ingredients, which can be gentler on your hair and scalp. Shampoo bars eliminate the harmful chemicals and synthetic detergents and fragrances commonly found in traditional liquid shampoos. And are an excellent option for people with sensitive skin or allergies.
Shampoo bars travel well. They are lightweight, compact, and comply with TSA liquid restrictions, making them perfect for carry-on luggage. And the solid form eliminates the hassle of spilled liquids while in transit.
How to Use a Shampoo Bar
You might be wondering about the best way to use a shampoo bar. It’s a simple three-step process:
- Wet your hair and the shampoo bar and begin to create a lather
- Gently rub the lathered bar into your hair and massage your scalp. Work the lather through your hair as you go.
- Rinse your hair and the bar thoroughly. Use a conditioner bar as needed.
It’s important to note that your hair can take a few washes to adjust to this new routine. If you’ve been using commercial shampoos for a while, removing the accumulated chemicals will take some time. Your hair will eventually find its balance as it recovers its natural oils stripped by synthetic detergent-based shampoos.
How to Store Shampoo Bars
When storing shampoo bars, keeping them in a cool, dry place is essential. This will help to extend their shelf life. Because this is a natural product with no preservatives, buying the bars fresh and reordering as needed is important.
When in use, you should store your shampoo bars in a soap dish or container with holes so the bar can drain and air dry properly between uses. For on-the-go, the shampoo bar can simply be stored in the box it came in. A cotton or other natural fiber bag is another good alternative.
How to Choose a Shampoo Bar
Choosing the right shampoo bar can be daunting with so many options. Important factors to consider are the quality of ingredients used, the percentage of signature ingredients used, commitment to sustainability, and how well the shampoo works.
&Better’s shampoo bars are an excellent choice for those transitioning to a more eco-friendly hair care routine.
We stand out with our dedication to high-quality ingredients, like unrefined triple-A shea butter from Ghana. We support fair trade by paying double the market rate for our shea butter, reflecting our commitment to sustainability and community support. And our shampoo bars contain 25% shea butter oil, compared to just 5% in other products, ensuring superior nourishment for your hair and scalp.
And we maximize the benefits of our high-quality ingredients by producing our bars using a cold-process method that preserves the integrity of our signature ingredients. Our bars are handmade using a proprietary process developed over the years to guarantee a luxurious experience.
Take the first step towards sustainable hair care and experience the difference with &Better shampoo bars today!