Natural Shampoo Bars
There has been a lot of talk around PanBam about shampoo bars lately. It's made me curious and I guess you could say I'm on a hair journey now. There are so many benefits to using natural shampoo bars; they eliminate the need for single use plastic bottles, they don't include harmful chemicals that damage your hair in the long run, and they often keep hair looking fresh for longer than commercialized bottled shampoos.
Shampoo Bars however are NOT one size fits all. There are many factors to find the best shampoo bar for you, and it can feel overwhelming. Your hair type, texture, and water hardness are all factors for your hair routine. I want to share a few tidbits that I've learned along the way to help make your transition to natural shampoo bars as easy as possible.
If it's your first time trying natural shampoo, I recommend you begin with trying UpFront, HiBar, Glitz, or Naturally Vain. These bars have a good lather, rinse well, and are easier for your hair to transition. I am personally loving the UpFront Tucuma Orange conditioner bar... it leaves my hair so soft and shiny.
Chagrin Valley Bars are great for more established hair routines since they are so drastically different from bottled shampoos. They have many formulas to meet different hair needs though and have amazing results. Plus they are huge and last for so many more washes than bottled shampoos. I cut mine into pieces so that it lasts longer in the shower.
If your hair is having some difficulty adjusting try using an apple cider vinegar rinse. Sarah, one of PanBam's ambassadors, recommended a peri bottle for vinegar rinses and I can confirm that it works wonderfully. Chagrin Valley also has some interesting herbal recipes on their website if you want your ACV rinse to be extra fancy.
My final tidbit to offer you is that if your shampoo bar doesn't lather much DO NOT keep adding more to your hair. A little goes a long way and the lather does not indicate how much soap is in your hair or how clean it is. Take it from me, who loaded up my hair and struggled to get all the shampoo out. Speaking of rinsing, you should rinse your hair for at least one minute and use a combing motion with your hands.
Here are a few info-graphics to help you choose the best shampoo bar for your type of hair. You can find each of these products for sale here, and remember to use code NIKKI at checkout for a discount!
Leave any questions you have in the comments and I will work with our team to get you the best answer!