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How to use shampoo bars?

A step by step guide to making the most of your shampoo bar

Natural shampoo bars

If you are beginning your journey towards a zero waste bathroom, then you are probably switching from liquid shampoo to shampoo bars. Liquid  based soaps are some of the biggest contributors to plastic waste in our households. Shampoo bars, especially when used sparingly last a lot longer than nearly all liquid soap solutions. If you are using our shampoo bars then we would estimate that each bar can last two to three times longer than a standard bottle of a liquid shampoo.

As our shampoo bars contain a lot of natural ingredients and are SLS and SLES free, they will require a different lathering technique to that which you are used to with liquid shampoo.

Before we get into that in detail, here are some important facts about the shampoo bar and how to use them:

  • If it's the first time you are using shampoo bars, you may find that your hair is feeling waxy and with residue. This is completely normal. The shampoo bars do not contain SLS or SLES which can strip hair from natural hair oils and other residue. It will take time for your hair to adjust and hence you should persevere using the shampoo bar until you're happy with the effect.
  • Foaming your shampoo bar first in the soap bag and applying the foam itself to your hair will reduce the amount of residue.
  • If you have long hair, use front to back strokes rather than circular motion to avoid tangling your hair
  • Apply the shampoo bar twice - second time round it will produce more foam.
  • Ensure that the shampoo bar dries properly after use.

Read our guide below on how to wash your hair with a shampoo bar.

Step 1: Wet your hair well

Female wets hair before washing it with shampoo barAs with any shampoo, for the shampoo bar to produce as much lather as possible, it is important that it comes in contact with water. Your hair should be wet all over, from your scalp to the end of your hair. For best results, wet the shampoo bar itself.

Step 2: Rub the shampoo bar around the hair line

Rubbing shampoo bar along hair lineRubbing shampoo bar along the neck line

Start from the hair line around your forehead and continue making your way around your neck. Use front to back strokes as much as possible.

Step 3. Apply the shampoo bar to scalp

Rubbing shampoo bar on scalp

If you have long hair, you want to make sure that the shampoo is applied not only on the top of your hair, but also close to scalp. To do that, you can lift part of your hair at the time and rub the shampoo bar getting close to your scalp underneath it. Start from one side and make your way one part at the time until you applied it fully.

Step 4. Rub the shampoo bar all over your hair

Rubbing shampoo bar all over hair

To ensure that shampoo is applied evenly and to everywhere, rub the bar all over your hair ensuring that you use back and front strokes, to avoid tangling your hair.

If you have long hair, you can lift the hair, twist it, rest it on the back of your head and rub the shampoo bar all over. Alternatively, you can turn it to one side and rub the shampoo bar in downward strokes.

Step 5. Massage the foam into your hair

Massaging lather all over hair

Once you’ve applied the shampoo bar everywhere, put it to the side, and massage the lather all over your hair. You will find that applying the shampoo bar for a second time, will form more lather.

Step 6. Rinse the shampoo really well 

Rinsing shampoo bar

We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to rinse the shampoo bars well. They contain a lot of natural ingredients and oils such as Shea Butter, Avocado and Almond oils that if not rinsed, the unwashed ingredients may make your hair appear a little oily.

About The Proper Soap Company Shampoo Bars

All our shampoo bars are Paraben, SLS, SLES, and Palm Oil Free. You can choose from the following flavours:

Lemon, Grapefruit & Satsuma Shampoo Bar for normal, oily, and blonde hair

Sea Minerals Shampoo Bar  for normal to oily hair

Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar for all hair types

SHampoo bars in a box