Shampoo Soaps are the most nourishing haircare cleanser and very easy to use once you get the technique down, but it can be difficult for first-time users who grew up on synthetic haircare products!
Our Shampoo bars are 100% real SOAP, not syndet bars (synthetic detergents or surfactants) – these traditional, old-fashioned shampoo soaps usually have an adjustment period for first-time users and a learning curve to know the washing technique. It can take more than several washes to get the desired results!
Please allow 1-3 months to see the benefits from exclusively using our natural shampoo soaps on a regular basis (2-7 times per week).
We recommend trying at least 2 different shampoo soaps, using one up completely and then moving onto the other for comparison. All of our formulas are different and many factors can change your results. Trying 2 bars allows you to feel the difference of just a few changes in oils and fragrance!
Our shampoo bars are naturally superfatted with extra fats, butters, and oils to nourish your hair. If a good lather is not achieved, you will have areas that remain coated with these extra fats, which will make it look and feel “gummy” or “waxy”. This page is dedicated to eliminating issues that arise from adjusting to a natural shampoo soap.
Top 5 Beginner’s Tips:
- Especially for hard water—add a pinch of baking soda to a quart of warm water and use this mixture to wet your hair before shampooing, then lather up. This can help rid your hair of chemical build-ups from previous synthetic products or minerals from your hard water. It will help you achieve an easier clean for beginners.
- Brush bar on dripping wet head in direction of hair growth. Swipe the bar along the hair starting at the top from forehead and sides of face to behind ears and nape of neck. You may even divide your hair vertically into sections to swipe between the bulk of hair in the back, which is where most problems occurs. You do not have to directly swipe on the ends of hair, swiping halfway down from top should be enough to create a lather that will be spread all around during the lathering process.
- Create a thick lather immediately after applying – timing is crucial, don’t wait to lather after applying and you may need to apply more soap than what you think is necessary. Lather should be thick, full, fluffy and no spot should be left unlathered. You should focus on the top half of your hair and lather down near the end of washing. You may try adding a little more water all-around to get a decent lather! Try to massage scalp during the wash and really try to lather where hair is thickest to spread the soap around and lather from all angles. For thin hair that tangles easily, it’s best to take your time. YOU NEED TO GET THICK MOUNDS OF LATHER TO CONSIDER IT A GOOD LATHER.
- Rinse immediately after a good fluffy lather is achieved and no soap is left unlathered. Timing is very important so lather doesn’t go flat before rinsing – don’t wait to rinse after lathering well or else soap may not rinse out. An apple cider vinegar rinse after a water rinse can help detangle hair and decrease dandruff (mix 1/2 – 4 tablespoons of vinegar in 8 ounces of water, less ACV for dry hair and more ACV for oily hair)
- There may be an adjustment period when changing your haircare products over to a truly natural product, this is normal. A problem is when after several washes you still have a waxy residue – this is a technique issue and needs to be addressed for the best long-term experience and performance of your bar.
PREWET your bar by running water over it for a second or two, then put it near your bath to soften up a little while you undress and get ready for washing.
After getting your HAIR WET, then BRUSH or RUB your prewetted bar directly onto your dripping wet hair and scalp until enough amount remains to thoroughly lather all soap remnants throughout the hair. You should be getting a lather like this with every wash:
The amount and type of application may differ from person to person depending upon hair type, length, and level of oiliness. Please read ALL directions thoroughly, even if it doesn’t apply to your hair type!
LONG HAIR (past shoulder length)
If you have long hair, then you will have the most difficult time adjusting to a natural shampoo soap. This is because you have to manually apply the soap throughout the hair and also manually lather in all places in a timely fashion in order to get a good lather and rinse. It is best to brush bar in direction of hairgrowth from top of head to halfway down as to not create tangles. Or if you like rubbing the bar on your head you can gather your hair up tight in one hand such as a ponytail and rub the soap in around the scalp and oily spots with your other hand. I start from my forehead, to the sides of my face, to behind my ears, and then the nape of my neck. You can divide your hair as well to swipe and lather between the thickest hair spots.
Most of the time I completely skip applying to the tips of my hair. Ends of the hair are the most fragile and get the least moisture since they are so far away from the oils on the scalp. I tend to focus on only my oily areas. I also have to make sure that a thick, quick lather is developed. You may need to divide your hair into sections to accomplish this by going underneath the hair as well as on top. You also do not want to overapply/underapply the soap in the same areas over and over or else you will develop dry spots (too much soap too often applied) or oily/waxy spots (too little soap not applied enough). You also need to make sure you have enough soap and water (not too much or too little of either) to get a good, thick, foamy lather. It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t once you get the hang of washing your hair the old-fashioned way!
DO NOT leave any soap unlathered NOR apply too little soap as it will leave behind a sticky soap residue that will make your hair look and feel waxy (gross), this is a common first-timer’s issue! See above for troubleshooting. I HIGHLY recommend a conditioner bar, vinegar rinse, tea rinse, or oil treatment afterwards for detangling the ends of your hair, but this alone will not fix the problem of too little lather or soap application.
THICK OR THIN HAIR
Thick hair may need a little more soap rubbed in than you think it does for it to thoroughly clean, lather, and rinse out well. So feel free to swipe on more and lather it up! You will probably need to divide your hair into sections while applying the shampoo bar in order for the soap to be lathered everywhere evenly. Lathering will be easier for the thick-haired, although maybe more time-consuming and use more soap. Thinner hair will have a tougher time getting a good lather, as more work will be needed to accomplish a decent lather, but they will use a little less soap.
If you have really short hair, you may use quick circular scrubbing motions on your hair and head for a faster, super clean lather!
COLORED OR TREATED HAIR
Our shampoo bars may cause faster and thicker hair growth, so more frequent color treatments may be needed. Many customers have reported eliminating most of the hair care products they used to buy, so some hair chemical treatments or heated hair treatments may not be necessary any longer due to hair texture and body improvement! If discoloration is a concern, you may test a small portion of your hair with one of our smaller bars. However we have not yet heard of our soap bars causing any discoloration or fading of permanent hair colorings.
**We have had a report with faster fading of semi or demi permanent hair coloring treatments, due to the more vigorous washing needed to achieve good lather with natural shampoo bars. These semi or demi permanent hair colorings only last up to 8 washes or 3-6 weeks on their own, but less frequent washes and immediate rinsing of well-lathered shampoo may help keep these often very vibrant colors to last as long as possible. We ask our customers with semi-permanent hair colorings to weight the benefit of healthy hair with natural shampoo soaps versus the look of these vibrant hair colorings–usually they do not go well together unless you are willing to color your hair more often.**
Try not to get too much water in your hair during this time as it will wash the soap out before you have a chance to truly LATHER. It is best to turn off your showerhead (also saving water) or stand away from the spray while lathering until you are ready to add *a little* more water for lathering extra soap residue or when you are ready to rinse.
Use the soap residue brushed onto your hair to lather into your hair from scalp to tips, mainly focusing on the scalp first, then working your way down to the tips only if necessary.
You might need to add a few more sprinkles of WATER at this time if you aren’t getting enough fluffy lather – OR you need to brush more soap onto your hair if you did not apply enough. You will know the feel of needing more water or soap after some practice.
Take your time for a thorough lathering MASSAGE as this helps to stimulate the scalp and also provides a nice cleanse.
Make sure to lather up all soap remnants very well with *plenty* of soap, or else your hair could have a “stiff, waxy, or sticky” feeling after it dries, which is not normal and means that the wash and rinse needs to be tried again for a better cleanse OR your hair is going through an adjustment phase like when using a shampoo bar for the first time or changing to a new bar. We recommend washing twice in a row for your first time using a new shampoo bar if this occurs.
You should have a *nice, big foamy and fluffy lather* after a minute or two of vigorous lathering with no sticky soap residue after drying. Your hair should have a different wet texture after washing, like a “squeaky clean” feeling. This will feel like your hair’s texture is maybe a little rough, but if the lathering and rinse was well done, the results when left to dry will be soft, smooth, and clean hair!
You will get faster and better with practice. Your hair may need to adjust to a shampoo bar or a new bar if you haven’t switched in a while. So feel free to wash twice in a row during your first wash.
RINSE well with clean, cool or room temperature water. Cool or cold water helps to rinse away soap better, while warm water is best for lathering and extending the soap. The temperature isn’t necessary though.
Water softener? You do not need one with our shampoo bars to have an effective cleanse with beautiful results, but they do help!
REPEAT if this is your first time using a new shampoo bar or only if needed for extra oily/dirty hair, especially if you have skipped a couple of washes!
To watch it in action, please view our “how to use a solid shampoo & conditioner bar” video at:
How Long Does It Last?
A 4 oz bar can last anywhere between 10-60 washes (counting hair washes and body washes independently) depending on your washing technique, body size, hair length and thickness. I have thin, medium-long hair and only use my shampoo bars about once every other day (give or take) as to not to strip the hair’s natural oils. This lasts about 12-15 hair washes or 3-4 weeks.
I only use my shampoo bars about once every other day or less to not strip the hair’s natural oils too much. Sometimes I wash two days in a row but I rarely need to unless I am sweating every day. For others, more or less often may be best for them.
Need More Help?
Feel free to contact us at any time to help troubleshoot your problems. We often help new customers figure out what to do when they are not used to our natural, non-detergent shampoo bars.
For directions on using our conditioners please go here: Conditioner Bar Directions .
Rub bar along area of wet skin that you want to shave.
Make sure it leaves a thin and slick soapy film on the skin.
You do not need to lather. Although you may if you wish with a shaving brush. We recommend a badger hair brush for comfort and quality.
Shave the soapy film off with your hair stubs as you run the razor along your skin.
Rinse and then wash again to replenish moisture. It also helps to use one of our lotion bars or creams after bathing to prevent dry skin or irritation.
Extend the Life of Your Soap
Keep in a dry and safe place out of reach of small children and out of direct sunlight on one of our soap dishes for best results and a longer-lasting bar!
Does Soap Expire?
We recommend using our soaps within 1 year since the scent can fade over time, but our soaps often last longer than 2-3 years before developing orange spots, which is the oils/fats going rancid. When the dreaded orange spots develop, you should not use your soap. Store in a dry, room-temperature spot that’s out of direct sunlight until you are ready to use your bar.