Shampoo Bar : everything you need to know
Bar shampoo is a real success for many of us and has already conquered many bathrooms. Leader of the slow-cosmetic, plastic free and zero waste revolution, this pebble goes everywhere and is above all efficient and economical. We are more and more turning away from plastic for our daily life and are, rightly so, demanding of the products wepurchase and use. Economic, ecological and above all effective, this flawless bar shampoo illustrates its success and its appeal is growing. It therefore goes without saying, that the questions around this galenic are growing and recurring. We have taken care to identify the most frequently asked questions and to answer them as concretely as possible.
What's a shampoo bar ?
A shampoo bar is above all a shampoo, which will allow you to wash your hair and take care of it. Unlike its liquid version, it will be in the form of a pebble, often oval or fluted. It concentrates all the active agents to cleanse your scalp, without containing water. Rubbed onto your hair in contact with the water in your bath or shower, it will lather and allow you to take care of your hair.
There are many formulas for a shampoo bar. You will have to choose the right one according to your hair type. Whether you have oily, dry, irritated, fragile, broken, recalcitrant, normal, long, short, frizzy hair or whatever, there will be a pebble that will suit you.
Bar shaped shampoos are often (as is the case on Takaterra) based on 100% natural ingredients, Vegan, Cruelty Free (not tested on animals) and Organic. They do not use petrochemical products and are not packaged in a plastic bottle. They are part of a zero waste, plastic free, well-being and above all non-polluting of the planet philosophy.
Shampoo bar or conventional shampoo ?
From a usage point of view: The liquid shampoo is packed in a bottle, which you pour in your hand to apply it to your hair. The primary disadvantage is often overdose by children or because you want maximum foam. The shampoo bar is a pebble that is placed on a ceramic soap dish or in a soap box. We rub this shampoo bar on the scalp so that it lathers and we place it on its dish, protected from light, so that it does not dissolve. The downside is using it towards the end, when it becomes more complicated to rub it effectively as it is smaller and thin, which causes it to brittle.
From an efficiency point of view: The liquid version is above all about 85% water and the rest may contain several irritants, such as sulfates. Made from many elements derived from petrochemicals, these petroleum derivatives suffocate the hair and do not let it breathe. The beneficial ingredients are only in small quantities and do not compensate for the negative effect of the rest of the formula. A shampoo bar is created from a small number of ingredients, 100% natural, allowing not to break the hair fibers. It will let your hair breathe while gently cleaning it.
From an economic point of view: A shampoo bar has an average shelf life three times superior than a 200 ml bottle in liquid equivalent because it is a concentrate of active agents. It will thus be more economical from its first use.
From an environmental point of view: The industrially produced liquid shampoo is composed of many harmful petroleum ingredients. It is packaged in a plastic bottle which generates significant amounts of waste. The shampoo bars of the brands we have chosen are produced from natural, non-toxic products in a responsible manner and their cardboard packaging is biodegradable.
Our point of view is known. Having used liquid shampoos for many years, we will not go back. The benefits of shampoo bars far outweigh the disadvantages, not to mention the benefits for our health and that of our planet.
Why choose a shampoo bar ?
Small and perfect for traveling, these light and eco-responsible pebbles are a concentrate of natural active agents for your hair. Their formulas, based on natural ingredients will care for your hair while protecting it. Foaming strongly, a shampoo bar helps improve cranial blood circulation when you rub it on your scalp. Entirely natural, packed in a biodegradable and reusable cardboard or metal box, it does not impact the environment. Space-saving, economical, ecological, efficient and fun, it is the perfect substitute for liquid shampoo at home and when traveling.
Which is the best shampoo bar?
There are many brands that make great bar shampoos. To say that there is a better one among all is quite complicated because it depends on the nature of your hair, the use you make of it (home or travel) and the fragrance preferences you have. We can name some brands for you, such as Pachamamaï or Bélice that make excellent natural, organic and vegan shampoos that match any type of hair.
How to keep your shampoo bar ?
There is one rule to remember, it must dry! It will be kept longer. To do this:
Place it on a soap dish with holes to let the water drain out to dry it quickly in the air.
You can then store it in a soap box to protect it from light (but it is not necessary)
Put it in a clean shower glove (ideally dry) or in a net that you can hang in your bathroom.
As long as you try to air dry it after use, it will keep for a long time.
How to use a shampoo bar ?
There are two common techniques:
- Wet your hair, then rub the pebble on your scalp and the emulsion will generate a foam with which you will be able to wash your hair. Wash your hair, just like you would with liquid shampoo, and finally rinse.
- Rub the shampoo bar in your hands to generate foam and then wash your hair with your hands directly.
We prefer the first for the pleasant cranial massage effect in the morning.
Can a shampoo bar be suitable for all hair types ?
There are many types of hair and many formulas available to meet them. To find the one that matches, start from the nature of your hair. If you have any doubts about the shampoo here are some indications:
Which shampoo bar for dry hair?
A shampoo bar for dry hair will especially seek to nourish them. It will contain a vegetable oil or butter (eg shea butter or baobab oil) and clay to provide the necessary vitamins.
Which shampoo bar against dandruff ?
An anti-dandruff shampoo bar will soothe the scalp by balancing its pH. It will often contain white or pink clay and a component to relax the hair (Nagarmotha, Corn starch)
Which shampoo bar for greasy hair ?
A shampoo bar for oily hair will have the same objective as for a dandruff fighting shampoo except that it should calm the scalp more strongly. We often find Tulsi powder or Rhassoul within the formula.
Which shampoo bar for broken hair ?
A shampoo bar for colored, dehydrated, curly or damaged hair, must nourish and repair the hair and will contain rice flour or even small grain bitter orange essential oil.
Which shampoo bar for normal hair ?
A shampoo bar for normal hair must seek to enhance the hair without stressing it. This will be using green clay and apple cider vinegar to make them shiny.
Which shampoo bar for kids ?
A shampoo bar for children should first of all be devoid of essential oil or only have very little of it. It will contain Neem oil or another oil to intensely nourish the hair.
Shampoo bars are not just a trend
Shampoo bars aren't about to disappear from the bathroom. True solution to unnecessary plastic waste, they are especially much better for our hair. Do not hesitate to get started and you will quickly see that you will no longer make a detour to the liquid shampoo section of your supermarket.