3 Reasons to Switch to a Solid Shampoo Bar
Transitioning from Liquid Shampoo to a Shampoo Bar
1. Reducing Plastic Waste
The cosmetic industry is responsible for 120 billion units of plastic packaging* & in 2018, in the U.S. alone, almost 8 billion rigid plastic containers were created for beauty and personal care products*.
There are places to refill containers, but lets be honest, they are far and few between. I often forget my bottles, and grab a new plastic container for convenience sake. Additionally, liquid shampoo is on average 60% water*.
Using a Shampoo Bar significantly decreases the amount of single use plastic one throws away, especially since it's estimated that the average person goes through 800 plastic shampoo bottles in their lifetime*.
Typically speaking, 1 shampoo bar is equal to 3 bottles of liquid shampoo.
2. Hair & Scalp Health
I'm not sure why I was so skeptical about using a solid shampoo bar, perhaps it was because I just never really saw them at the store or in advertisements. I originally thought that they wouldn't be as effective, or would dry my hair out. Now, it's clear to me that this preconceived notion is merely due to the successful marketing for liquid shampoos.
I've tried 'no-poo' methods, and tired cutting down the number of times I was washing my hair, but I was never really happy with the results. In fact, this was one of the #1 reasons I created my Dry Shampoo formula.
Shampoo Bars take a small amount of time to lather up, and during this time you are actively massaging your scalp, working the product through your hair, and stimulating your hair follicles. Your scalp craves this kind of attention, and often times doesn't receive it because store bought shampoos have loads of foaming agents, making it seem like your hair is clean without actually cleaning your scalp at all.
Additionally, I have noticed that because my hair has begun to balance it's own natural sebum production, I find is unnecessary to wash my hair every other day as I was previously doing.
3. No Nonsense Ingredients
Our Shampoo Bars are made with cocoa butter, shea butter & castor oil to nourish your scalp. All of the ingredients are easy to understand & non-toxic for your scalp and body. Our shampoo bars are free from:
- Sulphates (SLS or SLES) – mostly used to make your liquid shampoo foam. According to the Journal of American College for Toxicology, these cause damage to our immune system and inflame your skin/scalp.
- Parabens – commonly found in shampoo and conditioners as a preservative. They are easily absorbed through the skin (and scalp) and have the ability to mimic estrogen, disrupting the hormonal cycle of the body.
- Silicones – coat the hair shaft creating the illusion of smooth and shiny hear. However, silicones clog your pores and dry out your hair & scalp.
- DEA or TEA (diethamolamine or Triethanolamine)– mostly used as a emulsifier to mix the water with oils. In Europe DEA is prohibited due to concerns about formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines (cancer-causing substances). ***
- Artificial perfumes or colors
Now, keep in mind there will be a
Similar to transitioning away from deodorants with aluminum, it's important to be patient while your hair restores its natural oils. For me, it was only the first time that I used the Shampoo Bar in which my hair felt a little greasy. Now, my hair feels clean & soft whenever I am done washing.
Having a good Dry Shampoo on hand will be helpful for this phase.
You may ask yourself,
What About Conditioner?
I have found that by not stripping the hair of natural oils, the need for a conditioner is less pressing. However, I have been loving rinsing my hair with a watered down apple cider vinegar, it makes it really soft afterwards.
I have been washing my hair about every three days, and on the evening of when I will be washing my hair next, I will apply Hair Oil to the ends of my hair, and sleep in a braid. I find this locks in moisture and cuts down my need to apply conditioner in the shower that I would wash out anyways.
There are the top three reasons I would urge you to make the switch over to a solid shampoo bar today. Granted, this product is not for everyone, and I understand that hair products are very personal. However, if cutting down your consumption of single use plastic, scalp health & reduction of toxic beauty products are important to you, I would absolutely recommend switching to a solid Shampoo Bar.