How To Use Shampoo Bars & Solid Conditioners

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Most people probably grew up accustomed to using shampoos in bottles. Shampoo bars are a relatively new option in the market, and many are still confused about how to use them properly. They don’t know how to get started, which ones to pick, and how to store them after use.

How to Use a Shampoo Bar

Solid Bar Shampoo by Lush Cosmetics (Image: CreativeCommons)

Shampoo Bar Basics: Proper Lathering and Rinsing

It’s important to get educated before hopping into the shower – so you don’t waste valuable shampoo in the process. Most shampoo bars today contain a lot of fat in the form of butter and oils. These are super effective in moisturizing and nourishing the hair. It is important to get a good lather and rinse thoroughly – otherwise, you can have residual oils in your hair, which will give a sticky look and feel.

Have you ever shampooed twice in one bath? If you have, you will have noticed that the second shampoo creates a bubblier, richer lather than the first. This is because the first mixed with more oils and dirt in your hair. The second is washing cleaner hair. The same idea is true for shampoo bars.

With this in mind, you should try to lather up at least two – even three – times when using shampoo bars. And again, rinse – and rinse again. Those with long hair need to give extra attention to the middle back of the head to make sure all of the soap has been rinsed well.

Applying the Shampoo Bar Directly to Hair

Follow these steps:

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly.
  2. Rub the wet shampoo bar directly on your hair, from scalp to ends. Use a combing motion.
  3. Make sure to get all the areas of your hair. Massage with your fingers. Add more water until you get a nice lather.
  4. Always shampoo starting from the top, going down, to avoid tangles. Use your fingers like a comb. Don’t pile all the hair on top of the head.
  5. Don’t forget that the shampoo bar is superfatted. So rinsing is important.

Lathering the Soap Bar in Your Hands First

Another option is to lather the bar first in your hands.

This is an easier technique for some. Here is how you do it:

  1. Create a foamy lather with your hands. You can also use a sponge or sponge.
  2. Apply the lather to already wet hair. Use it to shampoo the hair.
  3. Do a combing motion with your fingers, smoothening the lather as you go through the hair.
  4. Massage the hair scalp properly – as you would do with bottled shampoo.
  5. Lather it up really well. Then, rinse thoroughly.
  6. You may repeat this process as you see fit.

Some Extra Tips when Using Shampoo Bars

  • Most people have the hardest time rinsing at the nape of the neck.
  • A good lather is essential, and this is impossible to obtain unless the hair is properly wet.
  • Rinse well to make sure no patches of soap is left.
  • You can shampoo more than once. Repeat as necessary.
  • It is totally safe to use shampoo bars daily. They effectively clean the hair and scalp without causing dryness or flaking – if used correctly.

Using Solid Conditioners

There aren’t just shampoo bars – of course, conditioner bars need to be in the mix, too. These conditioners are able to leave your hair shiny, soft, and tangle-free. Most solid conditioners use natural ingredients such as coconut oil, cocoa butter, and volumizing sea salt. All of these create a nice moisturizing and nourishing effect.

How to Use Solid Conditioners

  1. Rinse well after shampooing.
  2. Apply conditioner to your wet hair.
  3. Massage well through the scalp and up to hair ends.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.

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