How to use a shampoo bar
Washing with a shampoo bar is simple. First, you wet your hair thoroughly, then rub the shampoo bar in a few patches in your hair. Then work up the lather with your hands. Make sure the lather is worked in through all of your hair and down to your scalp in order to completely clean your hair. Then rinse your hair with fresh water making sure to get out all the shampoo. Rinsing your hair with bathtub water that already has soap mixed in with it will NOT give you a clean rinse. You can wash with shampoo bars every 2 to 3 days, or more often if you have been getting dirty at work or have been exercising.
Transitioning to Shampoo Bars
For some people, it takes longer than others to adjust to shampoo bars. This depends on a lot of factors including if there is build up from other products in your hair. Some shampoo bars made by other companies can leave a lot of residue due to poor formulation. This residue should be cleared prior to using our shampoo bars using a diluted vinegar rinse (see directions below). If a shampoo you have been previously using strongly strips your natural oils (like an SLS-based anti-dandruff shampoo), then your scalp may overproduce sebum when you switch to our milder shampoo. In these cases it takes time for your scalp to re-balance sebum production levels.
Clearing build up, suggested every 4-12 months
Using a diluted vinegar rinse may be helpful to remove any build up from hard water and oil residue one occasion. How to: after washing with the shampoo bar, rinse the hair with a solution of 1-2 Tablespoons of vinegar (apple cider best or white is okay) in 1-quart water. Leave on hair for 1 minute and rinse with water. For dyed hair, perform a strand test to make sure vinegar does not alter the hair color.
Hard water-friendly shampoo bars
We have formulated our shampoo bars to work well with soft water, and mildly or moderately hard water. If you have extremely hard well water, you may have build up from using our shampoo bar.
What is the best shampoo bar for problem scalp types?
Neem - balancing formula for most problems from slightly oily, dry, scaly, dandruff
Tea Tree Eucalyptus - slightly oily and dandruff scalp types
Henna (plain, no scent added) - best for people who are sensitive to essential oils and fragrances
Shampoo Bars for Curly Hair
Carrot top and Key Lime Eucalyptus are customer favorites.
Do not use shampoo bars with salt hair sprays, or build up will occur.
Bleached and highlighted hair
Bleached and highlighted hair: Our formulas work best with natural hair types, henna dyed hair, and dyed but not bleached hair. Bleached hair has a rough surface area that traps conditioning oils. This makes it difficult to get a residue-free rinse with bleached hair. Results vary with the level of damage from bleaching. Using a diluted vinegar rinse may help remove residue after washing with the shampoo bar. Use 1-2 Tablespoons in 1-quart water. Bleached hair that has also been dyed requires a strand test to make sure vinegar does not alter the hair color.
For chlorinated pool and salt-water swimmers, wash your hair twice after swimming for the best results. This is also the best practice when using traditional shampoos.
Bulk buying options
Shampoo bars are available at discounted rates in sets of 3 or 6.