How To Use Our Shampoo, Body & Shaving Bars
INTRODUCTION: Our Soap Bars are intended to help reduce the waste of plastic containers that are so often chosen for convenience with liquid shampoos and soaps. This being said, it often takes more time and effort to use natural soap bars, but it is well worth it in the end. Not only do you end up with clean and naturally nourished skin and hair, you also end up with a cleaner environment!
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 your prewetted bar directly onto your dripping wet hair and scalp until enough amount remains to thoroughly lather all soap remnants in 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 greasiness. Please read ALL directions thoroughly!
LONG HAIR (past shoulder length)
If you have long hair, it is best to brush bar from scalp to tip 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. Most of the time I completely skip 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 the soap in the same areas over and over or else you will develop dry spots (too much soap too often applied) and oily 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. DO NOT leave any soap unlathered NOR apply too little/much soap as it will leave behind a sticky soap residue that will make your hair look and feel gross, this is a common first-timer issue! I HIGHLY recommend a conditioner bar, vinegar rinse, tea rinse, or oil treatment afterwards for detangling the ends of your hair.
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 rub 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 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!
Try not to get too little or 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 more water or rinse.
Use the soap residue brushed on hair to lather into 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, or else your hair could remain stiff and sticky after it dries, which is not normal and means that the wash or rinse needs to be adjusted 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.
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 result 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 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.
REPEAT only if needed for dirty or extra oily hair, especially if you have skipped a couple of washes.
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.
To watch it in action, please view our “how to use a solid shampoo & conditioner bar” video at:
Or feel free to contact us at any time to help troubleshoot your problems!! We often help struggling customers figure out what to do when they are not used to using shampoo bars or different shampoo bars.
For directions on using our conditioners please go here, Conditioner Bar Directions .
Rub bar along area of 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 along 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.
We recommend our soap dishes for storing your soap! You can find them here, Soap Dish .