The Pros and Cons of Washing Your Hair With Bar Shampoo


Shampoo Bars are similar to bar soaps, but the recipes are created differently. We add extra fat to all of our soap recipes; this is one reason they are so conditioning after use. The extra fat means there is an excess amount of oil remaining after the saponification reaction is complete. Remember, soap is, by definition, a reaction that occurs between fats and lye. After that reaction is complete, there are still some extra oils to condition your skin after the soap washes away. The recipe is a little different for our shampoo bars. Too much excess fat will tend to weigh your hair down, and it may appear greasy after washing. Since shampoo bars have a little less extra oil, they may not be as moisturizing as our regular soaps. Men and women with short hair often do have success using any of our soaps as shampoo, no matter what type of hair they have. We would recommend a shampoo bar to anyone who asks about it.

Tips Adjusting To Shampoo Bars

For many, transitioning to a shampoo bar is easy. Others may have a transition period, which can depend on your hair type, water quality, and hair care products used previously.


If you are new to using shampoo bars, you may find that your hair feels different after your first wash with a shampoo bar. It may feel almost like there is still a residue in your hair. This feeling is because commercial shampoos have ingredients that build up in hair, like silicon and waxes. Our gentle shampoo bars may not wash away this residue right away, causing your hair to have a waxy feel or coating to it after the first few washes. If you persist with the shampoo bar for a couple of weeks, that feeling will go away, and you should find that your hair feels cleaner, brighter, softer, and more manageable. All-natural shampoo bars don’t strip your hair and scalp of its natural sebum; many people find their scalp issues clear up due to the removal of all those harsh chemicals when switching to a shampoo bar.

Shampoo Bar Residue

You may find that an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse will help to remove some of this residue and make your hair easier to comb. As a starting point, you can mix 1/2 to 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (dry hair likes less and oily hair likes more) with 8 oz of water. Pour some through your hair after shampooing and let sit for a minute or two before rinsing out. You may need to experiment to find a dilution that works best for you. We recommend starting with a weaker dilution if you aren’t sure where to start. The vinegar smell will disappear as your hair dries. Some people will continue to use this ACV rinse periodically, or never again after going through this transition period. It is just a matter of finding what works for you.

Troubleshooting Your Hair care Questions

Shampoo Bar FAQ

We’ve received a lot of questions about shampoo bars over the years. Below are some of the more common questions, and answers. If you think of something we missed, please reach out to us.

Shampoo Bar Questions

Can I use the same brand of shampoo for a long time?

People often think that you need to change your shampoo every so often because your hair gets used to a specific formula after using it for a while. Keeping the same shampoo-type for too long could lead to loss of volume, body, shine, etc. This myth simply isn’t true. If you are using the right shampoo for your hair/scalp type, then you don’t need to change anything.

One thing to consider though, is that your needs may change over time. If your needs change, then the shampoo you need might also change. Changes in climate, lifestyle, health, or environment can all impact your shampoo needs. The right shampoo for you is the one that addresses your current need. There is no need to change anything just for the sake of change.

Can we use natural soaps (or bar soaps) to wash our hair?

Of course! The use of soap to wash our hair goes back for millennia. The first soap dates back to around 2800 BC. It is only recently that we have all of these other options. Commercially available shampoo and conditioner is mostly water. Natural soaps can be an effective shampoo. We would recommend using a soap formulated as a shampoo. You may also want to consider following up with an acidic rinse like apple cider vinegar. It can take some adjustment, but natural soaps can most definitely work as a shampoo.

Which is the best chemical-free shampoo?

Commercial shampoos use ingredients with detergents like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfates) that can aggressively strip your hair/scalp of its natural oils. Silicones and waxes work by replacing the natural oils removed by the detergents. These ingredients coat your hair and give it that smooth feeling. Over time this can build up in your hair and is one reason it can be beneficial to keep switching your shampoo.

The best chemical-free shampoo uses the most natural, organic products available as ingredients. Our all-natural organic shampoo bars use USDA certified organic oils and butters as their base ingredients. With that, we infuse the oils with USDA certified organic herbs to provide a more effective product. You couldn’t make a shampoo with more natural ingredients.

Which is the best herbal shampoo?

The best herbal shampoos incorporate relevant herbal infusions in their ingredients. Herbal ingredients can impart a variety of qualities to the shampoo. Since everyone has different hair/scalp types, they all have different needs. One herbal shampoo may not be the best for everyone. The best herbal shampoo is the one that is right for you.

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Can washing your hair once a week cause dandruff?

If you assume your dandruff is due to a dry scalp, it might be tempting to cut back on washing it so often. But whether the cause is dryness or oiliness, you should be washing your hair pretty regularly to rinse away the flakes and buildup of debris on your scalp. If your scalp is too dry, it can cause flaking, itchiness, and even skin peeling. Having an oily scalp can also be a factor. Yeast can also feed on the oil on your scalp, which can cause an inflammatory response in some. The fungus occurs naturally in healthy scalps, but if allowed to overgrow, it can result in problems for some.

Does dry shampoo really clean hair?

No, it doesn’t. Dry shampoo works by absorbing sebum, the scalps natural oils. And the sebum is what makes your hair look greasy after a day (or two or three) of no washing. Absorbing the oils gives a grease-free appearance and feel. Using dry shampoo is a great way to extend the time between washing your hair. It can be great for a quick refresh after a workout or a surprise impromptu date. A fast application can refresh hair and add volume and texture that smells fresh and looks clean. Just make sure you select a shade that closely matches your hair color.

How to make my hair softer naturally?

The addition of an herbal infused vinegar rinse will help to remove build up in your hair. It will also lower the pH of your scalp and flatten and close the hair cuticle. Using a vinegar rise will result in smoother, shinier hair that is easier to detangle. It will also be less frizzy and less prone to breakage. Vinegar is an excellent conditioner for your hair and scalp and will leave your hair moisturized and feeling soft and silky. The ratio of vinegar to water and the frequency of use is entirely dependent on your hair type. The vinegar rinse can be left in the hair to air dry. You could also leave it in for a few minutes and rinse it out. It’s all personal preference. If you choose not to rinse, once your hair is dry, you will no longer smell the vinegar.

Which shampoo is good for normal scalp and dry hair?

Dry hair is often a result of decreased sebum production. Sebum is the oils that your scalp naturally produces. The use of aggressive surfactants can strip your hair of this natural oils causing it to dry out. Using a gentle cleanser can help to restore that balance. Selecting a bar with extra moisturizing butters such as Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Mango Butter would be a great choice. All of these butters combine to restore hair and scalp to its natural condition.

Which shampoo would be best for dry and rough hair?

Detergent based shampoo can aggressively remove the natural oils your body produces to protect your skin and hair. Removing these oils can lead to dry and rough hair. The best way to combat dry and rough hair is to wash with a shampoo that is gentle and does not remove these naturally occurring oils. Marshmallow root has amazing healing and moisturizing benefits. It can help soften the hair and make it more flexible and less prone to frizz and flyaways. Licorice acts as medicine in Ayurveda for rejuvenation. The amino acids and polysaccharides in licorice root help keep the hair and scalp moisturized, and also strengthen the hair shaft and provide natural shine to your hair.

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Is clarifying shampoo bad for hair since it has SLS?

SLS is a known skin irritant. It can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause dry skin, irritation, and reactions. It can also be very irritating to the eyes. Use a more natural product and your hair (and the world) will thank you.

Why use a sulphate-free shampoo?

Sulfate free shampoos maintain the natural oils on the scalp and hair. More natural moisture for your hair means it will be happier and healthier.

All of our bar soaps are completely free of any sulfates.


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