How To Use Shampoo Soap Bars

Beginner’s Tips

Hair Type Tips

Prep

Wash in 3 Steps

Conditioner

Aftercare

FAQs:

– Water Quality

– Colored & Treated

– Styling Products

– Prior Products

– Duration

– Expiration

– Storage

– Troubleshooting


Other helpful pages:

Why Use Shampoo Soap Bars?

The Shampoo Soap Detox for Beginners


Beginner’s Tips

Our basic formula has worked well with all hair types. If you are not getting wonderful results after your hair dries, read on!

Apply soap to wet hair, lather well, then rinse – It’s that easy!! Or is it? Although the concept is simple, beginners often need practice and patience for perfect results! Maybe this is why shampoos soaps haven’t taken the world by storm yet…

  • Please purchase at least 3 unscented buttercream shampoo soaps to give it a good, clean shot with the most basic ingredients – You will fly through your first 1-2 bars, but the longer you use the bars, the less shampoo soap you will need for a good cleanse.
  • Also don’t forget a HALF-SIZE unscented conditioner for starters, just in case you need it before or after washing (conditioner directions HERE).

Most experienced users go through 2 shampoo soaps within 30 days on average using the soap for hair washes ONLY. You will get faster and better with practice, but don’t get lazy with it – the benefits of REAL shampoo soaps are SO worth it!!!

Read our detox page for beginners and know that much detox can be avoided when washing correctly. You must lather really, REALLY well until you have mounds of fluffy, thick, stable lather all over like with the chemical poos – it just takes more effort to get there! Your goal is to get enough lather: the size of a large grapefruit or more (if you can’t make a Santa Claus beard with your lather, you aren’t doing it right). Most issues are solved by applying more shampoo soap, a bit of water, and lathering more.

Be encouraged – ALL hair types use our shampoo soaps with success! An adjustment period is common for UP TO 7 washes for many beginners (no more than 7 washes). Detox symptoms for the first few washes may feel like heavy, waxy, or greasy feelings from shedding years of chemical gunk such as fillers, foaming agents, waxes, silicones, and more…

However, detox symptoms also feel the same as an improper wash. An improper wash results in “soap residue”, which is due to not APPLYING MORE and LATHERING MORE according to the directions. Detox or adjustment symptoms should last no longer than 7 WASHES, if at all. Getting a great cleanse helps clean up all the gunk that has been caked on your hair from years of the chemical poos, plus it prevents the dreaded (and potentially damaging) soap residue.

Remember that you should be getting a perfect cleanse by the 7th wash, DO NOT let your hair suffer longer with soap residue as this could lead to breakage, dryness, and other hair damage – reach out to us for help by calling or texting (812) 414-9735 if you are still having issues.

  • Do not get disappointed if your hair doesn’t turn out *perfect* after your first 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. It is SIMPLE, but DIFFERENT – 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 – only until the wash finally turns out well – so that you can get the hang of it faster and not linger in limbo. Once you get perfect results, ONLY WASH AS NEEDED. Unhappy hair is not encouraging, but keep at it – your best hair days are not too far ahead!
  • 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 find you still need a conditioner, then we recommend to only use our conditioners, as we know they are compatible with our shampoo soaps and great for the hair as needed (how to use our conditioner).
  • A good hair wash with a shampoo soap will feel very different than chemical shampoos. After a good wash, your wet hair will feel squeaky clean, almost unmanageable and tangles easily. BUT when dry, your hair turns out very soft and manageable!

Hair Type Tips

Our shampoo soaps and conditioners work well with any hair type, as needed and where needed. Technique adjustments will change between users and even for the same user at different stages in their life. Note that an individual’s hair needs may differ from season-to-season, year-to-year, or location-to-location.

Long Hair

This is the most difficult type to use real shampoo soap because the application and lathering must be distributed evenly, abundantly, and quickly. Take special care to not tangle your hair during application and lather. You will want to really pay attention to the directions to perfect your application and lathering techniques.

One big tip is to gather all your long hair together on the top of your head after applying a sufficient amount of soap throughout. Then lather really, really well for a few minutes (remember our goals above). Rinse thoroughly immediately after you hit peak lather.

Use our conditioner before and/or after your wash on the ends where your hair is most likely very dry. Our hair oil is also a great weekly treatment for dry and split ends.

Thick Hair

Make sure to apply enough soap everywhere throughout the hair and lather very well – you will probably need to part your hair in multiple places to apply the soap throughout all your hair.

Curly Hair

Use our conditioner before and/or after your wash where your hair is dry and prone to breakage. You may even use our conditioner as a leave-in product. Our hair oil is also a great weekly treatment.

More helpful curly hair styling products:

Dry Hair/Scalp

Use our conditioner before and/or after your wash where your hair is dry and prone to breakage. You may even use our conditioner on the scalp and/or as a leave-in product. Our hair oil is also a great weekly treatment. Also consider our leave-in conditioning spray.

You may only wash as-needed and when-needed, try to decrease your number of washes per week (no less than once per week).

Oily Hair

Oily hair types may need to wash their hair every day or every other day for best results. Adjust this number as-needed.

Using our dry shampoo between washes can really help extend the time between washes and reduce the oily look.


The Basics

Prep

Always be sure to store your shampoo soap bar in a dry area – out of standing water or spraying water. Try rotating our wooden soap dishes or purchase a stainless steel shower caddy for 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, which will quicken and ease the application.

Set the wet 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. It should never make your hair heavy or greasy after the detox period.

If a fluffy, stable, abundant, and thorough lather is not achieved, you will have areas that remain coated with soap residue, making it feel “heavy”, “sticky”, “gummy”, “greasy”, or “waxy” even after drying. DO NOT let your hair stay this way, fix your washing technique ASAP! 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 makes your wet hair feel unmanageable and prone to tangles when wet or damp, but it turns into soft, manageable locks once your hair dries – like magic! This is why achieving a good lather all throughout your hair is important when using shampoo soaps, so let’s do 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 to head and hair by rubbing or brushing it directly on the top, sides, and back of your hair and scalp.
  • If you have dry ends, apply our conditioner or hair oil to those places BEFORE your wash for a lighter finish and apply conditioner AFTER the wash for a more moisturizing, heavier finish.
  • **Do not apply your soap bar while underwater or while active water is washing through your hair – this defeats the application.**

Drag the soap bar in the direction of hair growth from roots to tips: around face to tips, above neck to tips, parting hair in back of head to tips…

Run the soap bar multiple times across your entire head of hair (on top, underneath, in-between, and all around your entire hair mass) as described and shown in the pictures 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 ends of your hair. But don’t go by number of swipes, go by the feel of lather building!

  • 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 5-10 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.
  • Unless your hair is very short, do not rub the bar in circular motions across the hair in order to prevent tangles.

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. GET AN EXCELLENT LATHER!!!

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 (sticky, waxy, heavy, greasy soap residue) – let’s avoid that!

Use your fingers to massage all over your scalp and hair – especially the mid-sections for longer hair types by gathering together on top of your head – until a big and fluffy lather is achieved all over your head. Your goal should be able to build up enough lather the size of a grapefruit – FLAT lather is NOT desirable for the best results!

You may have to gather your hair up in order to do this – try to avoid creating tangles, but lather vigorously to get that thick, fluffy, buildable lather the size of a large grapefruit, or two! The goal is to make a Santa Claus beard with your lather: that’s how stable, thick, and abundant your bubbles should be…

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 and/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 water/soap ratio – it is all about the feel! The more fluffy and thicker the lather, the better! You should have a mountain of afro lather on top of your hair and in your hands! If you can’t make a Santa Claus beard with the lather, you are probably doing it wrong…

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/adjustment symptoms during their first several washes (sticky, waxy, heavy, greasy soap residue from improper washing or detoxing). 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. PLEASE reach out if you’re not getting good results by the 7th-10th wash.

Every head of hair will have different needs at different times – this is something you can tailor to your specific needs by washing more or less often, and by applying conditioner in different places before or after your wash, 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.

Experiencing a detox or uncomfortable adjustment period with not-so-pretty results? We recommend to wash twice per day only until you get good results (morning and night preferably, or just twice in a row). This is to quicken the adjustment period so you don’t deal with unhappy hair for longer than necessary, which may cause damage if left. The detox/adjustment period is a real occurrence 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 only as often as you prefer!

Experienced users wash their hair every day or every other day for oily scalps, every 3rd/4th day or only once per week for dry scalps (applying our conditioner to scalp may help with dry scalps).

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. Some like to apply conditioner BEFORE the wash for a less heavy feel, some like to apply conditioner AFTER the wash for more conditioning, and some like to LEAVE-IN a bit of the conditioner after a wash instead of rinsing it out all the way for an even heavier conditioning and styling effect – you decide what’s best for YOUR hair in all its different stages!


Conditioner

If you still find you need conditioner after successfully washing, we recommend our conditioners only used as needed and where needed before and/or after washing.

Applying conditioner BEFORE washing will give a lighter conditioning effect, great for those whose hair gets weighed down easily.

Applying conditioner AFTER washing will give a heavier condition.

Leaving in some conditioner after washing (not fully rinsing out) is great for styling curly hair or for a “wet look”!

  • Some users won’t need to apply nearly as much conditioner as they are used to because their hair is not getting stripped anymore with our shampoo soaps, and some users may not need any conditioner at all after a while of using our shampoo soaps – yet another reason Why You Should Use Our Shampoo Soap Bars.
  • Because our shampoo soap bars are so awesome, a lot of users find that very lightly using our conditioners is just the right amount of conditioning – not too heavy for their ultra-nourished hair!
  • Use our conditioner bars, or turn the conditioner bars into liquid to use as you would normal conditioner (you can make 11X the amount of liquid from our solid conditioner bars with only hot water to save the environment and your wallet).
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 prior to using our products! Just another reason Why You Should Use Our Shampoo Soap Bars.

Our conditioners are great to use as a leave-in product for some hair types (curly, dry) by simply not rinsing it all out after applying!

Check out these other haircare styling products we offer that are fully compatible with our shampoos and conditioners:

Dry Shampoos

Conditioning Leave-In Spray

Foaming Mousse

Hair Gel Pump

Styling Spray

Texturizing Salt Spray

Hair Growth Serum

Hair & Beard Oil

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.

If your hair stylist insists on using their products on YOUR body before a cut, style, or treatment – try explaining to them the benefits of using our products and what they have done for you. Even better, bring in the products for them to use and try on you – show ’em how it’s done! We offer wholesale opportunities too if they fall in love!

  • We are currently working on adding even more products to our haircare line (such as hair wax, hair teas, and herbal hair rinses) to get you away from every 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.

Hard water is tap water with a build up of minerals and metals from water pipes and water processing plants. Hard water is not ideal for your hair or your health, but our shampoo soaps will still work with this type of water! Consider purchasing a showerhead filter and water softener to reduce hard water (creating soft water).

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 hard 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.

At this time we are not affiliated with any water softener or water filter company, please shop at your discretion.


Colored & Treated Hair

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

  • 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.

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 made with quick foaming agents. We ask those with semi-permanent colorings to weigh the benefits of healthier hair to their semi-permanent colors or consider permanent hair dyes.

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 associate the damage with our products. If you acknowledge and understand that our natural soap products cannot cause damage when used correctly, 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

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

Check out our compatible hair styling products HERE, but most new users reduce or eliminate their need to use many styling products after adjusting to our shampoo soap and conditioner. Read Our Article Here which explains in more detail about how using our nourishing products that don’t strip your hair can make all the difference!

If you do find that you still want to use some styling products after achieving a good wash, 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. Until you have perfected your technique, it may be wise to skip the hair products until you get good washing results!

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.

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.

  • You may use a natural dry shampoo (usually in powder form) between washes – like our organic dry shampoos 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.

Please be aware that any use of heat or strong chemical treatments can cause irreversible, long-term hair damage. Other factors include: diet, exercise, stress, environmental exposures, and lifestyle choices.


Prior Products

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 need to add back into your haircare routine.

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.)

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. Let’s try not to return to the reason why you are looking for something different!

Most people 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 them. Using chemical treatments/shampoos/conditioners right before or while using our natural shampoos and conditioners for the first time will prolong the adjustment period and possibly frustrate you with the yo-yo effects if you switch back and forth. This is a common issue since chemical treatments and products are what most are familiar with.

Learn about why you should try to only use our haircare products here.


Duration

A 3 oz bar is comparable to a 12 oz concentrated bottle of liquid shampoo – it can last anywhere between 10-30 (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 your individual hair needs are!

  • 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: wash only as-needed (once per day, once per week, or any pattern between)!

It can take 10-30 hair washes to go through 1 full size (3.0-3.5 ounce) shampoo soap, depending upon hair length and thickness. 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 2 weeks to 3 months if they only use it for washing their hair and they store it properly.

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 and more often you will need to use the shampoo soaps.


Expiration

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 old soaps or soaps with a higher unsaturated oil ratio (unlike our recipes that are higher in saturated fats).


Storage

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 again.


Troubleshooting

Not getting great results after your hair dries? Does your hair feel gummy, sticky, heavy, waxy, and overall unmanageable even after it dries? This is called soap residue.

Soap residue is due to not applying and lathering enough soap, so keep on washing frequently to get your technique right. PLEASE DO NOT let your hair stay like this for very long, or else it could cause breakage and excess shedding. Wash up to 2 times per day until you get perfect results. It usually takes new users anywhere between 1-7 washes to get it right.

Does your hair and scalp feel dry and/or flaky after washing with shampoo soaps?

Make sure you are washing correctly according to directions and rinsing well with no soap residue. It can take your hair and scalp’s microbiome a couple of weeks to adjust to a completely new washing routine without the chemical shampoos. If you are still experiencing dryness issues, try our honey shampoo soaps and also our conditioners and hair oil as scalp treatments.

Are you experiencing more hair loss after using shampoo soaps?

We have never seen true hair loss after switching to our shampoo soaps, in fact just the opposite. However, if you are not achieving a good wash and experiencing soap residue damage from long-term neglect, that is an issue with washing technique and not due to the shampoo soap’s inherent performance capabilities.

Another consideration is the fact that a good washing technique with shampoo soaps requires a more vigorous lather, much more than with regular detergents/surfactants which contain foaming agents. Along with a vigorous lather comes more loosening of hair from the follicles that would drop soon anyway – most humans lose an average of up to 100 hairs per day. The best way to test this theory is to take a clear close-up photo of a section of your scalp where you think hair loss may be occurring, then after using our shampoo soaps consistently and exclusively for a month or 2, take another picture with the same lighting and angle to compare to the two photos. We think you will be pleasantly surprised! See our Testimonials