I don’t normally write reviews on my blog but I’ve been having lots of conversations with friends recently about using bar shampoos so I thought I’d share a little here. I’ve tried a couple of bar shampoos and have found a firm favourite.
The main reason I initially wanted to switch from a traditional bottle shampoo to a bar shampoo was to be a bit more environmentally friendly and reduce the amount of plastic that I was using. The bonus is that actually they are packed with far less chemicals so are much better for your hair as well.
After a bit of research it turns out there are different types of bar shampoos and it’s all a bit trial and error to work out what works for you and your hair. I’d never really considered that my hair type would affect the product I chose, which is a bit daft really as that’s exactly how I’d have chosen a bottle shampoo.
Because bar shampoos are made differently they don’t foam up like bottled shampoos and they are then harder to wash out. It’s quite common to get a waxy build up on your hair during the transition period when you’re moving from a bottled to a bar shampoo. For some this can last a couple of washes for others longer. The only way I found to counteract the waxiness for one of the bar shampoos I used was to use an apple cider vinegar rinse every couple of washes. The mix that I found online was made from one part vinegar to three parts water. Whilst hair smells strongly when it’s wet, the smell does disappear when hair is dry. Although I did find that if my hair got wet again I could still smell the vinegar, which wasn’t particularly pleasant. I was never sure if others could smell it so I was always a bit self conscious to be honest.
I’m guessing at this point you may well be thinking “What’s all the fuss then? It all sounds like it’s not really worth the hassle.” Have faith there are other products out there that are much less hard work.
My favourite bar shampoo is from Lush and called Jason and the Argon Oil. I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for so I popped into the Cardiff branch and the team couldn’t have been more helpful in finding the right shampoo for me. The shampoo smells of roses but not in an over powering way and because it has the argon oil in it I don’t need to use conditioner either. Bonus!
The Lush shampoo foams up in your hand, not as much as a traditional shampoo, but enough to feel that you’re washing your hair properly. You can lather up the bar in your hand although I tend to just rub it all over my hair and then finish lathering it up. After rinsing my hair like normal I found my hair was squeaky, which was slight disconcerting, but it definitely feels super clean. When my hair is dry I’ve found that it’s really shiny as well and looks healthy.
If you are looking to move across from bottled shampoo to bar shampoo I’d definitely recommend doing a bit of research and, if you can, try to speak to someone in the know before you buy.
I don’t regret making the switch at all now I’ve found a product that works for me. Good luck, and happy experimenting, if you decide to make the switch too.
If you have already found a product that works for you I’d love to hear from you.