What is a Shampoo Bar
Here is what you need to know about shampoo bars and their benefits.
A shampoo bar is a shampoo in solid bar form instead of the conventional liquid form. Conventional shampoos contain nasty chemicals like parabens and other detergents that strip off natural moisture from our hair. Shampoo bars, on the other hand, are made from natural ingredients, packed with pure essential oils and botanicals and cruelty-free. Some come scented naturally while others are unscented. Unlike liquid shampoo, they are packaged using recycled or biodegradable packaging like cardboard. They are personal hygiene essentials that help reduce plastic waste yet beneficial for your hair and scalp.
Shampoo bars have been around for so many years and only become popular recently thanks to initiatives by environmentalists and green organisations in raising awareness on the adverse effects of plastics.
Benefits of Shampoo Bar and How to Use One
A small bar of shampoo can last up to 70-80 washes or equivalent to more or less 2 bottles of liquid shampoo. Shampoo bars with their small form factor are convenient to bring with you if youíre travelling. Since theyíre solid, you donít have to worry about spills and leaks.
There are 3 types of shampoo bars; glycerin-based, cold-processed and solid surfactants. Glycerin-based shampoo bars are the most gentle but donít create much lather. Cold-processed ones are mostly homemade and have a high pH level. They are perfect for conditioning the hair. Solid surfactants are the ones that are ideal to be used with hard water and they are great for removing build up. These shampoo bars contain essential oils that are great in keeping your locks soft, shiny and clean. Choose what suits your hair with all the variations available.
These shampoo bars are infused with pure essential oils that nourishes hair with nutrients to bring back its luster and help keep your scalp dandruff-free. There are shampoo bars that help in hair regrowth, too. Three Hills Soapís Solid Shampoo Maca for hair growth is a good example.
We can also recommend Lamazunaís Solid Shampoo Bar for oily hair which comes in a wild herb scent. This shampoo bar is great in absorbing sebum in the hair while nourishing the scalp.
Caring for the environment
Solid shampoo bars are used by green lifestyle practitioners because the use of plastic is greatly reduced and in most cases, completely eliminated. This means that they have a lesser impact on the environment compared to their bottled counterparts. Most shampoo bars are also minimally packaged and come in eco-friendly packaging like recycled paper box which are still biodegradable.
Asingle shampoo bars can also outlast a few bottles of liquid shampoo and since they do not come in plastic bottles, plastic waste is significantly reduced. Furthermore, shampoo bars are organic and natural. They do not contain harmful chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and our bodies.