How to Use a Shampoo Bar, According to a Beauty Editor

April 25, 2023
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
Various multicolored shampoo bars stacked on top of each other with soap suds and bubbles

When it comes to protecting our environment, I truly believe that many small acts on an individual scale can add up to make a huge difference. I’m that girl who converted to vegetarianism due to her love of animals and won’t hesitate to call you out for littering. So as a full-time beauty editor, I find it disheartening to see how much plastic gets wasted in the packaging of different cosmetic products. That being said, there are steps that can be taken to make your beauty routine more sustainable, such as recycling old beauty containers and looking for products that don’t use plastic packaging or utilize recycled plastic and materials instead. 

When I do come across a beauty product or brand that aims to counteract the waste in the industry, I can’t help but feel a surge of excitement and curiosity. That’s why shampoo bars have caught my attention. This hair-care product has been popping up on the heels of the resurgence of cleansing bars, which have made a comeback thanks to their sustainable, plastic-free packaging. But while cleansing bars seem self-explanatory, shampoo bars may still be a confusing concept to some. That’s why I decided to try one out for myself. Read on for my full review. 

What Is a Shampoo Bar?

For my first shampoo bar experience, I decided to go with the LUSH Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar. Since the brand has such a large selection of cute and colorful shampoo bars, the hardest part was probably deciding on which one to try first. I went with this LUSH bar because I love the name, and I found the honey-toffee scent irresistible. Made with very minimal and natural ingredients, this honey-based shampoo bar claims to help moisturize and soften hair without weighing it down, which is exactly what I need for my sometimes-oily strands. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that each bar from the brand is the equivalent of three medium-sized shampoo bottles and lasts for more than 80 washes. That is almost two times as much as your traditional shampoo — sans the use of extra plastic. 

LUSH Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar

Another shampoo bar I can’t wait to add to my cart is the Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Softening Shampoo Bar. This nourishing shampoo has all of the lather and cleansing power of a liquid shampoo in bar form and using zero plastic packaging. It’s also formulated with 94% plant-based ingredients.
Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Softening Shampoo Bar

How to Use a Shampoo Bar

There are two ways to use shampoo bars — you can either rub it between your hands until you work up a good lather and then use that soapy formula to scrub your scalp and hair, or you can directly apply the bar onto your head. I found it easier to gently massage the bar all over my head in circular motions. 

Immediately, I noticed that a little goes a long way. With traditional shampoo, I find that I have to use a lot of product to ensure that I’ve covered every inch of my scalp. With the bar, I was able to get an application that felt precise and evenly distributed with minimal effort and product. It was so easy to lather my entire head without fear of using too much or too little. If you’re looking for a deep, all-over cleanse, I recommend using it directly on the hair and massaging it through thoroughly. 

Are Shampoo Bars Worth the Hype? 

I think so! As my scalp tends to get oily quickly, I found that this shampoo bar really gave me a deep cleanse without stripping my hair of its softness. Plus, my hair smelled great for days after the initial use. I’ll definitely be adding shampoo bars into my hair-care routine — both for their efficacy and the fact that it feels great knowing I’m doing my small part to help the environment, one shampoo at a time. 

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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