Hair Products How-To

Using A Shampoo Bar

What is a Shampoo Bar?

Shampoo bars are what many consider an “all natural shampoo”, this means they do not have sulfates, silicones, parabens, or alcohols. When reading through the ingredient list on shampoo bars or other natural shampoos you will most likely recognize every single ingredient.

What is the Difference?

With more natural shampoos many experience what is called a “transition period”. You hear about this most often due to a switch from salon brand products to natural products, you also hear about this transition period for other switches, like the ones below.

All this is your hair adjusting to a drastically different product, which can cause some extra grease or frizz in the beginning. This is most often experienced when trying to stretch your wash days and I go into more detail about it here. Personally this is not something I dealt with when switching to shampoo bars, but I did experience this when extending my wash days. Transition period aside the main difference is truly the ingredients and the fact that it is shampoo in bar form.

How to Use It?

Using a regular shampoo bar is not all that different from using a liquid all natural shampoo, but can be drastically different from using conventional shampoos and conditioners. First, wet your hair and the shampoo bar, then run the shampoo bar from the front to back of your hair’s natural part. Then, make a few parts on each side of your head and repeat the same motion. Massage your scalp like normal and the shampoo will lather, if you need more simply apply more in the same way. Keep the shampoo bar wet to avoid it pulling on your hair.

After you rinse your hair follow up with an diluted apple cider vinegar rinse or your favorite conditioner. Skipping this step can lead to frizzy hair or a dry or itchy scalp. A diluted apple cider vinegar rinse is my personal favorite as it can help balance your hair’s PH.

I, Molly Loria, am a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Michigan. All posts are from my personal experience or opinion as a cosmetologist and are not meant to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or specific medical conditions, I recommend you contact a healthcare professional.

I, Molly Moulder, am a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Michigan. All posts are from my personal experience or opinion as a cosmetologist and are not meant to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or specific medical conditions, I recommend you contact a healthcare professional.