How To Use Shampoo Soap Bars

Apply soap to wet hair, lather well, then rinse – It’s that easy!! …Or is it? Beginners often need help and that’s what we’re here for!

**Read all directions thoroughly and carefully and repeatedly between your first few washes. DO NOT skip reading our detox page for beginners. Apply soap bar liberally and directly to your head/hair. You must lather really, REALLY well until you have mounds of fluffy lather all over like with the chemical poos – it just takes more application, time, effort, and technique to get there! Most issues are solved by applying more and lathering more.**

If you are reading this page for the 2nd time (or 5th time) to try and troubleshoot your (less than perfect) first time experience – don’t get discouraged! An adjustment period is “normal” and detox symptoms like heavy, waxy, greasy hair are usually the result of not APPLYING MORE and LATHERING MORE according to the directions and/or detoxing all those chemical shampoos. Getting a great cleanse helps clean up all the gunk that has been caked on your hair from years of the chemical poos.

Do not get disappointed if your hair doesn’t turn out *perfect* after your 1st wash or if you miss some things covered here – it usually takes beginners several washes and several readings of the directions to get it right. Stay positive! You are learning something completely new and breaking a lifetime of old habits, so be patient with your hair and yourself. You can also wash up to 2 times per day until it turns out well so that you can get the hang of it faster. Unhappy hair is not encouraging, but keep at it – your best hair days are not too far ahead!

This page contains:

Beginner’s Tips

Prep

Wash in 3 Steps

Conditioner

Aftercare

FAQs

– Water Quality

– Colored & Treated

– Styling Products

– Prior Products

Other helpful pages:

Why Use Shampoo Soap Bars? and The Shampoo Soap Detox for Beginners

Beginner’s Tips

Do not use any other shampoo cleanser – besides the occasional natural dry shampoo (check out ours here) – or you will defeat the purpose of using our shampoo soap bars. If you are wondering, Why Use Shampoo Soap Bars? Click here to read more. That material covers the numerous benefits to using a shampoo soap compared to all the other stuff!

Please check out our page > The Shampoo Soap Detox for Beginners < for more information about the adjustment period over HALF of beginners endure before they experience the best hair of their life. > DO NOT SKIP IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER!!! <

The Basics

Prep

Always be sure to store your shampoo soap bar in a dry area – out of standing water or spraying water. Try our wooden soap dishes or purchase a coated shower caddy that hangs in your shower.

Before you wash, unwrap your shampoo soap bar from its packaging and get it slightly wet – so it can soften up a little for easier application.

Set the bar aside in your bath or shower while you undress.

Wash

Our shampoo soap bars are naturally super-fatted with extra fats, butters, and oils to moisturize and nourish your hair better than anything else out there.

However, if a fluffy and thorough lather is not achieved, you will have areas which remain coated with soap residue, making it feel “gummy”, “greasy”, or “waxy” even after drying. This is remedied by applying more soap to create more lather and it may take several washes to detox all of the chemical poos that have been caked into your hair over the years. > Please read our detox page for more info. <

These adjustment symptoms are not the same as the “squeaky clean” feeling of your wet hair after washing, which you will experience when your hair has been cleansed well. The squeaky clean feeling turns into soft locks once your hair dries.

This is why achieving a good lather all throughout your hair is important when using shampoo soaps, so let’s go over it!

STEP 1. Wet your hair completely, then apply the shampoo soap by gliding the widest, flattest side of the bar across your hair in the direction of growth.

Apply bar directly to head and hair by rubbing or brushing it on the top, sides, and back of your hair and scalp.

It helps to start where the hair is most oily or dirty (around your face and neck) and drag the soap bar in the direction of hair growth to where your hair’s mid-section is or all the way to the ends.

The reason why we suggest to stop at the mid-section for most people is that you don’t want to apply cleanser where your hair is not oily or dirty – i.e. your ends. Applying more cleanser than necessary to your ends can dry them out and wastes soap. If you are having trouble getting a good cleanse, go ahead and apply everywhere, ends included. This helps some people!! In conclusion, beginners should try both methods: stopping at mid-section of hair during application or going all the way to ends if you aren’t getting a good enough cleanse.

WASH ACCORDING TO YOUR RESULTS: Are your ends dry, but your hair is washed well? (using a conditioner helps!) You might try stopping at the midsection when applying your shampoo soap. Or, are you not getting a good wash result? Apply the soap everywhere, midsection and ends included.

First time user? We recommend to wash twice per day (morning and night preferably, or just twice in a row) to quicken the adjustment period so you don’t deal with unhappy hair for longer than necessary. The detox/adjustment period is real for over half of first time users, but if you aren’t experiencing any of those symptoms and your hair is happy – wash your hair as often as you prefer!

Remember that washing technique and time between washes VARIES WIDELY between people who use natural products. What works for some people may not work for others. Experiment based on results. Does your hair feel like it needs washed more/less often or in more/less places? Wash it accordingly… Some like to wash once per day, others like to wash once per week – you decide what’s best for you!

Do not apply your soap bar while underwater or while active water is washing through your hair – this defeats the application.

Unless your hair is very short, do not rub the bar in circular motions across the hair to prevent tangles.

Run the soap bar multiple times across your entire head of hair (on top, underneath, in-between, and all around) as described and shown in the picture above until you start to get a lathery feel all over your head.

To apply a sufficient amount for lather it can take more than a few dozen swipes across all the areas of your head: from top of hair’s surface, underneath, in-between, all around, and down to the mid-section or ends of your hair.

Sometimes those with especially thick or long hair will need to divide their hair into sections and work longer to achieve this – you must try to work fast (don’t take longer than 10 minutes) so that the soap doesn’t go flat before you have a chance to lather up. Remember that natural soap is different from detergents/surfectants.

When to stop? You will need to learn that from washing your hair. It is more of a feeling than a set number or other definition. The best way to describe it is if your hair feels like it is full of fluffy soap! When it starts to lather just by applying – that is a good sign!

STEP 2. Lather your hair immediately and thoroughly after you are done applying the soap bar sufficiently.

You’re halfway there! Your arms may be getting tired at this point – time to build those muscles!

Timing is crucial so that the soap doesn’t go flat before you have a chance to lather well. You already know what happens when a good lather isn’t achieved – let’s avoid that!

Use your fingers to massage all over your scalp and hair – including the mid-sections and ends – until a big and fluffy lather is achieved all over your head.

You may have to gather your hair up in order to do this – try to avoid creating tangles.

You should be getting lather like this every time you wash your hair, but it takes more time and effort than common chemical detergent shampoos.

If you are having trouble creating mounds of big fluffy lather like shown in the picture above – try adding a few dashes of water or applying more soap!

Finding the right balance of water and soap application to get an amazing lather is one of the main lessons for beginners to learn.

Again, there is no set number or definition of this aspect of water to soap ratio – it is all about the feel! The more fluffy and thick the lather, the better!

You may need to add more water and/or soap at this time to get enough lather consistent throughout your hair, especially if you have longer hair. You want to spread and rub the lather in all areas which seem to retain oils or wherever you need a good cleanse.

If you are getting mounds of big, thick, foamy lather from your scalp to all throughout the mid-section and ends of your hair, you should have good results! But remember, over half of first time users can experience detox symptoms during their first several washes. HOWEVER, following these directions and washing well can greatly reduce the detox symptoms over several washes. TIME/DAYS is not the factor in how long your detox/adjustment will last – it is how many successful WASHES you have done using only soap as your shampoo.

Every head of hair will have different needs at different times – this is something you can tailor to your specific needs, but it takes some practice.

Taking the extra time and effort to thoroughly massage and lather all soap remnants will provide the best results and hair benefits!

STEP 3. Rinse your hair immediately after you are finished lathering.

Timing is also crucial during this step – you do not want soap residue left in your hair!

Do not wait too long to rinse your hair after you have attained that glorious lather – rinse it out at its fluffiest peak!

This will assure that all of the soap residue has been fully lathered and therefore able to rinse out quickly and completely.

That’s it, you’re done washing your hair with a shampoo soap bar!

Thoroughly rinsing all of the natural soap lather from you hair is very important for the best results.

Conditioner

We recommend our conditioners after washing! Some users won’t need to apply nearly as much conditioner as they are used to because their hair is more nourished – yet another reason Why You Should Use Shampoo Soap Bars.

Use our conditioner creams, conditioner bars, or conditioner liquid as you would normal conditioner (you can make from our solid conditioner bars to save the environment and your money). However, because our shampoo soap bars are so awesome, a lot of users find that a conditioner bar is just the right amount of conditioning – not too heavy for their ultra-nourished hair! Check out our conditioner bar page for more information! Click here

If you are not this happy with your results, contact us and we would be glad to help you troubleshoot!

Aftercare

Many find that after making the switch to our shampoo soap bars, they have more body, texture, and better hold than ever before – eliminating many of the aftercare products they applied before! Just another reason Why You Should Use Shampoo Soap Bars.

You may use a 100% natural dry shampoo (ours is coming soon!) to extend the time between washes if you so desire.

Refrain from using any other shampoo cleansers while using our shampoo soap bars – this defeats the purpose! You also might have to go through a detox period again, outlined in The Shampoo Soap Detox for Beginners.

We are currently working on a line of hair gels, hair sprays, hair teas, and hair rinses, to get you away from the chemical cocktails of the 21st century. Our shampoos are miles above the other poos out there and will nourish all hair types: from natural to treated. > Please read more information below in our FAQs! <

FAQs

Water Quality

You may use our shampoo soap bars with any clean water – tap water, soft water, hard water – we have found that any of these do not alter the overall effectiveness of our soap bars.

We have had customers with the hardest water use our shampoo soap bars with ease, but it does help the lathering process and your hair health to have a water softener/filter for washing and rinsing.

For areas with harder water, you may find you have to apply a little more and lather a little more than with soft water.

Water softeners and filters are a healthy addition not only for your hair washing, but your body washing as well. Remember that your skin and scalp absorb what you wash and rinse with! The cleaner and softer the water, the healthier and easier your washing experience will be with any products.

Hard water is the result of a build up of minerals and metals from the pipes and water processing plants. Not great for your hair or your health, but our shampoo soaps will still work with this type of water!

Colored & Treated Hair

Our shampoo soaps are SAFE to use with hair treatments (colors, bleaches, perms, keratin treatments, etc.)

Our shampoo soaps have been shown to extend the color of permanent dyes when compared to detergent shampoos – also extending the life of perms, highlights, or other permanent hair treatments. Since our natural shampoo soaps do not strip and weaken the hair like detergents do – instead our shampoo soaps gently cleanse while nourishing and strengthening the hair!

However, due to the faster rate of hair growth often reported when using our shampoo soaps, you may have to dye the roots more often! One of the many reasons Why You Should Use Shampoo Soap Bars.

Semi-permanent hair dyes are a different story – due to the vigorous hair-washing needed to achieve sufficient lather with shampoo soap bars, this extra massaging will rub off the surface-based hair dyes faster than with detergent shampoos. We ask those with semi-permanent colorings to weigh the benefits of healthier hair to their semi-permanent dyes – usually the 2 do not mix well!

After using our shampoo soaps, your hair may develop a more natural body and texture, which detergent shampoos stifle. Your hair may also hold styles (such as curls) much easier for longer periods of time. This can take a few washes to start to see the difference, but it is a common report among new users! some of the many reasons Why You Should Use Shampoo Soap Bars.

So there is no confusion, we ask you to refrain from first-time use of our shampoo soaps immediately after any potentially damaging chemical treatments so you don’t confuse the damage with our products. If you acknowledge that our natural soap products cannot cause damage, then proceed. For instance, if you bleached your hair for the first time, and then used our shampoo soaps for the first time afterward and your hair was damaged – was it the soap or the bleach? (It wasn’t the soap) It would be awful to think our natural and nourishing shampoos caused damage to your hair, when it was actually the chemical treatment. Something to keep in mind – remember that bleach and other chemical hair treatments can damage hair permanently. There is no going back, time to regrow that hair!

Styling Products

Many people find a reduction or elimination of the need to use styling products after adjusting to our shampoo soap and conditioner. Read Our Article Here which explains in more detail about why using a nourishing cleanser and conditioner that doesn’t strip your hair makes all the difference.

If you do find that you still want to use some styling products, you may use them. HOWEVER, the more product you add to your hair, the more your hair will need to be washed out. If your washing technique isn’t fully developed, this will make it more difficult on you. We are currently working on natural hair gels and hair sprays, final testing phases are underway and we are looking to production in April 2022.

You may use a natural dry shampoo (usually in powder form) between washes – like ours here. We have customers who use chemical dry shampoos between washes, but we don’t recommend them for health concerns and for the possibility of interacting poorly with our products.

It isn’t necessary, but please try to refrain from using additional products during your adjustment period, this is just adding more work for you and your hair as you relearn to wash your hair. After you have achieved success in hair washing results with our products, you may not need to use the same styling products you did before or maybe not as much. If you still want to use styling products after the adjustment period, you may do so.

Elimination or reduction of the need to use styling products is common when our customers achieve a good washing technique. Your chemical shampoos and conditioners may have caused more problems than they solved.

For the best results, we recommend only using our products during the adjustment/detox period. This will start you off with a clean slate and you will be better able to determine what/if any other products you want to add back into your haircare routine.

Please be aware that any use of heat or damaging chemical treatments can affect the health of your hair long-term. Other factors include: diet, exercise, stress, environmental exposures, and lifestyle choices.

Prior Products

The adjustment or detox period is from a lifetime of chemical product use that has shaped your hair and scalp microbiome (the living environment on your skin and hair). The chemical cleansers have also weakened your hair and your expectations of what it is like to achieve a real soap cleanse.

Most people have an adjustment or detox period because they don’t know how to wash their hair with real soap (not detergents or surfactants) OR are experiencing a true detox of all of the prior gunk build up (silicones, waxes, esters, detergents, etc.)

Most people use or have used chemical treatments/products before using our products and some still use them while using ours. This is why the adjustment period is so hard for most people. Using chemical treatments/shampoos/conditioners right before or in-between using our natural shampoos and conditioners will prolong the adjustment period and possibly frustrate you with the yo-yo effects if you switch back and forth. This is normal though since chemical treatments and products are the only thing most people know due to mass-marketing and shopping convenience.

For the best results, we recommend only using our products during the adjustment/detox period. This will start you off with a clean slate and you will be better able to determine what/if any other products you want to add back into your haircare routine.

Please read our article to learn more about this subject here.

How Long Does 1 Bar Last?

A 3 oz bar is like a 12 oz concentrated bottle of liquid shampoo – it can last anywhere between 10-60 (hair-only) washes depending on your washing technique, hair length, and hair thickness.

For instance in my case: I have thin, medium length 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 me 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 once a day but I rarely need to unless I am sweating or getting dirty every day. For others, more or less often may be best for them. Some customers wash every day, and others only wash their hair once a week – it’s totally up to what you prefer!

When you first start using shampoo soaps you will go through them a lot faster than after you adjust – this is due to the detox/adjustment period for most beginners. Here is an article about this if you are interested: https://perma-earth.com/shampoo-soap-detox-for-beginners/

We recommend washing 2 times per day in the beginning (first time users) until you have no detox symptoms. If you don’t have any detox symptoms, that’s great! Sometimes these symptoms are just a result of not properly washing (not applying and lathering enough), which causes soap residue in certain places and feels much like the detox symptoms. Here is our article about how to wash properly: https://perma-earth.com/directions/soap-directions/

So it can take a beginner as little as 7-10 days* (14-20 washes*) to go through 1 full size (3.0-3.5 ounce) shampoo soap. Once the new user has adjusted, they often start to go every 1-2 days* without washing, and finally up to washing only once a week* in some cases. Therefore, once a user has become experienced and comfortable with properly using shampoo soaps, 1 shampoo soap bar can last one user up to 1 to 3 months* if they only use it for washing their hair and they store it properly (covered in directions link above).

*Hair length, thickness, texture, and level of oil/grease/dirt to cleanse will affect this number. The longer, thicker, dirtier, and more textured your hair is, the faster you will use the shampoo soaps.

Does Soap Expire?

We recommend using our soaps within 1 year of purchase since the scent can fade over time, but our soaps often last longer than 2-3 years. Orange spots are the oils/fats going rancid and the soap should be discarded or composted when the dreaded orange spots develop – we have never actually seen them on our shampoo soaps but it can happen to really, really old soaps or soaps with an unbalanced oil recipe (not our recipes).

Store your bar in a dry, room-temperature spot that’s out of direct sunlight, water, and humidity until you are ready to use it.