All About Shampoo Bars: Sustainable Hair Care
Two weeks ago, I took my friend into LUSH to buy a shampoo bar. You know, the shampoo that looks like a soap bar that went viral?
At first what got my attention was the idea of one less bottle in my liquids carry-on, and that they are package and plastic free. But the jury was out on whether it would be good enough to replace my old shampoo.
SHAMPOO BARS HAVE FIVE MAJOR ADVANTAGES…
1. IDEAL FOR TRAVEL
Since they are not liquid, they won’t take up any space in your liquids carry-on allowance. If you use a lot of liquid products like me, it’s literally a godsend. They are also lighter and smaller than liquid bottles, so they won’t add any kilos to your suitcase either!
2. ZERO PLASTIC
The bars are plastic and package free, which is so important in contributing to the fight against plastic pollution. It is estimated that we throw out 552 million shampoo bottles a year, and while many say they are recyclable, most still end up in landfills or oceans.
A single bar is roughly equivalent to 80 washes or 3 medium-sized shampoo bottles, depending on the length of your hair. At around £6.50 a bar, they are great value for money.
Another important benefit is that because of their tiny size relative to a shampoo bottle, they take up much less space in a lorry, thus reducing your carbon footprint.
5. ORGANIC & NATURAL
Like regular shampoos, there are several different bars to choose from, each suited to different hair types. All LUSH products are organic, using natural ingredients, safe synthetics and no detergents. Their shampoo bars should help get your hair back to its original shiny condition by washing away the chemicals left over by some other brands.
SOUNDS GREAT, BUT WHAT IS IT LIKE TO USE?
While these are definitely more than enough reasons to give it a try, I still wanted to know what it’s like washing my hair with a bar, and if I would miss my old shampoo?
Firstly, it’s super easy to use, you just rub it over your head and give it a rinse before setting aside to dry. You have to let them dry out between washes, so it’s worth buying a soap dish to leave it on if you don’t already have one in your shower.
The washing experience was far better than expected. My Seanik shampoo bar lathered up far better and quicker than my previous shampoos. I have very long hair and so I’m used to washing it twice, but quickly discovered that this was no longer necessary with the bar.
I also bought a conditioning bar, which I struggled with at first. Initially, it wasn’t as conditioning as I had hoped, but once a few layers went off the bar, it became much better.
Two weeks later, I’m now entirely sold on the bar over the bottle. I love all the benefits it brings to the environment, my hair, and my lifestyle. I’m making a conscious effort to live a more minimal, mindful life and that applies to all my consumer decisions, whether that’s groceries, cosmetics or fashion.
There is nothing that a liquid shampoo does for my hair that the bar cannot. It leaves my hair feeling super clean, fresh and healthy. I don’t think I’ll be buying a bottle ever again. (And no, this is not a sponsored post!)