I just finished my first shampoo bar. I bought the combination pack of J.R. Liggett* so I could try out several. I thought I would review what I think of it and how I've found it works best.
How do you use a shampoo bar?
Take the bar and lather it in your hands. From there apply the suds to your hair. You can apply the bar directly to your head, but it seems to lead to more breakage. Or maybe there is just more hair ends up on the bar. It is annoying having hair wrapped around the bar, so I exclusively just apply the lather to my hair rater than the bar.
I try to focus on my scalp and not the ends of my hair. The bar soap does not lather as much as regular shampoo does so I have developed a technique. I get lather on my hands from the bar, then massage my temple area. Then I lather up and apply the soap to the underside of my hair, and finally I lather up and get the front and crown of my head. This allows me to get soap to all parts of my head and only a little on the dry ends of my hair.
Do shampoo bars work?
There were times when I was longer between washing (so my hair was greasier) and when I wasn't quite as good about washing all parts of my hair, it would seem greasier than I would have liked after washing. However after working out the above techniques I've been pretty pleased.
Do shampoo bars dry out your hair?
I imagine it has to do with the type of shampoo bar you have. The first bar I used was JR Liggett's with coconut and aragon oils which I knew would have moisturizing properties. Now that I'm on the second bar I haven't found it being much drier, but full disclosure I've never not used a conditioner with it. For most of the first bar I was finishing up my last bottle of conditioner and now I'm using Lush's conditioner bar.
Is there a transition period?
I didn't notice one. However I made the switch while trying to wash my hair less frequently anyway. So any changes in how oily, or not, could have been due to that. Some people have said their hair feels weighted down some, but I maybe attributed that to not having a great technique rather than a transition period.
Will I keep using shampoo bars?
Absolutely! It is an easy way to eliminate a source of plastic in my house and it keeps my hair clean.
What is your hair like?
I have straight hair that is below shoulder length. It tends to be pretty dry and brittle and prone to breakage. As a result I'm trying to wash my hair less and keep some of the natural oils and protection on my hair. I typically was it no more frequently than every other day, but try to stretch it to every 2 days and maybe to every 3 over the weekend. On day 2 my hair either looks normal or may have a slight shine to it. (It took me a while to realize that what I was calling greasy was really just shine since my hair is that dry). By day 3 or longer it can get oily. Using my boar hair brush* (alternative)* helps a bunch in spreading the oils out down the hair shaft. I want to let you know some information about my hair so if you get totally different results it may be why.