Are Shampoo Bars Good for Your Hair?

Personally, I think a shampoo bar is better for your hair than a liquid shampoo. Shampoo bars contain all natural ingredients, because they don't need preservatives that keep a liquid shampoo liquid. This means that your hair is less likely to be burdened with harmful or unnecessary ingredients. If you are curious to know more, keep reading. 
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are becoming more and more popular for many reasons. But one of the big reasons is because more and more people are trying to make their bathrooms plastic-free. In America, Shampoo Bars have been semi-popular for quite some time, but it seems that here in The Netherlands they are just starting to pick up popularity. Many people here that I have talked to haven't even heard of them.  So today I wanted to touch on just a couple of topics.
What is a Shampoo Bar?
Simply put, it is basically the same as a bar of soap, but made specifically for your hair. Just a solid bar of soap for your hair. Shampoo bars clean and care for your hair without the harsh detergents in a liquid shampoo. 
Is a shampoo bar better than a 'liquid' shampoo?
It depends! The big advantage is of course that shampoo bars are plastic-free. This saves a great deal of plastic waste. In addition, a shampoo bar can not only be better for the environment, but also for your wallet. You can save lots of money with a shampoo bar, for example, my 90 gram shampoo bar can be equal to the content of 3- plastic bottles of shampoo. In addition, you could use a shampoo bar about 80 times. (Depending on the thickness & length of your hair of course). Making this much cheaper for you in the long run.
Shampoo Bars are milder for the hair and scalp because liquid soap usually need additive ingredients put into it to give it a longer shelf life. These additive ingredients do not add any benefits to the care of your scalp and hair. Shampoo bar also has a lower pH value that is closer to the true pH value of our skin. If you have always washed your hair with liquid shampoo, your scalp may have to get used to it.
Is a shampoo bar good for your hair?
To answer this question? I guess it really depends on what you are looking for. For me, they are better for my hair than the bottled shampoos I have used in the past. Gentle, low-lather cleansers like my shampoo bars leave your hair clean without feeling dry the way many detergent-based shampoos can. For some people, conditioner isn’t even needed after their hair adjusts in a couple washings with a bar. I find for me personally, that a conditioner bar is an added bonus using it together with a shampoo bar. 
There are of course liquid shampoos that also have many natural ingredients without parabens, sulfates, silicons, etc. so really it comes down to person preference and if you are trying to go plastic-free, this is a great place to start.
I have touched on Pros of a Shampoo Bar, but you may also want to know of any Cons to using a Shampoo bar. For me personally, I have not had any Cons. But Shampoo and Conditioner Bars may not be for everyone. When I was getting my hair done the other day, my hair stylist and I were talking about how well my hair was doing with using my shampoo and conditioner bars. Mind you, I bleach my hair. So it is quite dry. But if you color your hair, the long term effects of using a shampoo bar may actually affect how your hair takes coloring because of the high concentration of cleanser in the shampoo bars that can cause a "waxy" barrier on your hair.  So the color may not take to your hair as well as it should.  I have been told to avoid this, many bar shampoo users rinse with apple cider vinegar to remove the coating  from their hair. This can also give more shine and luster to your hair. I personally do not do this because my hair loves the shampoo and conditioner bars. 

I have also had a few people with extra long, porous hair say that their hair got tangled and frizzy along with that “coated” feeling. I HIGHLY recommend using my shampoo and conditioner bar set if this is the case. The added moisturizer from the conditioner bar REALLY helps avoid this. I have also heard some people say that they find the act of rubbing a bar of soap on their head awkward, I would agree in the beginning that this is strange, but you will get used to it! I promise. I did!

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