Using Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

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Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are becoming more common and popular as an alternative to hair products that are packaged in plastic bottles with long and confusing ingredient lists. Before using our hair bars, we would buy conventional shampoo and conditioner in those exact plastic bottles. It's what we grew up with and it never really occurred to us that there were other options until we began our sustainability journeys. In fact, making the switch from big brand liquid shampoo and conditioner was something that happened early into our journeys because we were starting to realize how wasteful those big plastic bottles were. 

Before actually using it, we were skeptical and a little confused about the concept of washing your hair with a bar. It's different at first, but once you get used to it you start to wonder why you didn't start sooner! 

Our Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are 100% vegan, made with natural ingredients, convenient for traveling, cost-effective, and plastic free! 

We're breaking up with plastic and breaking down everything you need to know about our hair bars below! 

 

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

The longevity depends on your hair type and length, and how often you wash your hair but they are made to last up to 60-90 washes! Our bars are very concentrated, so you can use less per application and they last longer. Unlike most liquid products made with 60 to 80% water, these do not contain water. Instead, the water from your shower to helps distribute the product throughout your wash! 

With proper care, one hair bar can last you months! You want to make sure to allow the bars to fully dry between uses using a soap dish. Our Soap Dish is a great fit for our hair bars but you can also try some DIY methods! 

 

IS THERE A TRANSITION PERIOD? 

Our Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are made with all-natural ingredients, while many commercial shampoo and conditioner products contain chemicals, artificial fragrances, preservatives, and other harsh ingredients. 

When we first started using our Shampoo and Conditioner Bars, our hair felt much healthier and nourished. We haven't heard of anyone who has experienced a rough transition period but if your hair is used to commercial products, there's a chance you can experience some changes. 

Allow your hair up to 2 weeks to get used to the Shampoo and Conditioner Bars if you're having a tough transition. By this time, you should be seeing the benefits of our bars! 

 

DO THEY LATHER?

Our Shampoo Bars lather as soon as you start using them! You can feel and see the strong and sudsy lather immediately and it just takes a few swipes to get enough product. 

Our Conditioner Bars don't produce a strong lather but as you're rubbing the bar through your hair, you'll start to feel the product throughout your hair. After rubbing it through for a while, you should be able to tell once you have enough product. 

 

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS? 

Our hair bars contain natural ingredients to moisturize, strengthen, cleanse, and nourish your hair! We work with a small, women-owned business based in Michigan to carefully formulate the ingredients. 

SHAMPOO BAR INGREDIENTS: 

  • Sodium Coco-Sulfate: This is the white flakes/ specks that you notice in the Shampoo Bar. SCS is made from the fatty acids of coconut and it provides a strong lather and helps clean your scalp and hair effectively. Bars that do not contain SCS often require an apple cider vinegar rinse to cleanse your scalp and get rid of that buildup. 
  • Coconut Oil: promotes hair growth, removes dandruff, nourishes and tones dry hair, treats scalp problems, and moisturizes. 
  • Cocoa Butter: softens hair, promotes hair growth, and treats scalp itching and irritation.

CONDITIONER BAR INGREDIENTS: 

  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate (from Rapeseed Oil): detangler, moisturizing, prevents flyaways, softens hair. Makes the product spreadable and easy to handle. 
  • Coconut Oil: promotes hair growth, removes dandruff, nourishes and tones dry hair, treats scalp problems, and moisturizes.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: softener, moisturizer.
  • Cocoa Butter: promotes growth, moisturizing, cleansing 
  • Cetyl Alcohol: adds shine, detangles, and prevents frizz.
  • Vitamin E: repairs, and promotes growth.
  • Glycerin: hydration, moisturizing.

Each bar contains the same ingredients but is made with different essential oils or a vegan mica colorant. 

 

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HAIR USING A SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER BAR

Over time and as you get used to using the bar, you'll most likely develop the best way to use the hair bars that works for your hair type and length. However, here's a simple guide to get you started:

1. After you enter the shower, rinse your hair well. 

2. Rub the bar directly onto your hair, working your way from your scalp down to the ends. Repeat until you have fully covered each section of your hair. For the conditioner bar, you'll want to stroke it along your hair until you feel like you have enough product. 

3. Massage your scalp and hair until a good lather forms. For the conditioner bar, massage your scalp and hair until it feels smooth and nourished. 

4. Rinse the product out of your hair. 

 

Our Shampoo and Conditioner Bars have become one of our favorite products. They might take some getting used to, but you'll soon realize that they are an amazing swap to make that is healthier for our bodies and ouR Planet! 

We hope this can answer your questions or ease your concerns. If you have any further feedback or questions please feel free to reach out to us at info@rplanet.co. 

 

Read: 5 Reasons to Use Soap Bars


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