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Give Bar Soap Shampoo + Conditioner a try! I didn’t even know that was a thing. I was definitely skeptical if this form of shampoo + conditioner would even work and provide the moisturizing I needed in a conditioner. I have always been a bar soap user so I figured I should definitely give this a try. I am a true believer and total convert to bar Shampoo and Conditioner. I LOVE IT! It did take a little time to find the right products. I have tried over 10+ brands over the past few years. Several did not lather. Others did not hydrate enough. Others were clunky to hold in the shower. Others left my hair oily. For context, I will share that I have shoulder length straight hair that is normal to dry. I shower and wash my hair almost daily. That coupled with 3 to 5 days of swimming in the San Francisco Bay, puts a lot of wear and tear on my hair so hair care is really important to me.
First, how do you use it? Hop on into the shower and wet your hair + the bar of shampoo. Slide the bar from the root to the tip 4 or so times. Then lather, rinse + follow with conditioner if needed. Keep it in a wooden tray that has some slats so it can dry out between uses and avoid letting it sit in water. When traveling, carry it in a tin and try to dry it the best you can before putting it back in the tin to travel.
I was impressed with many Bar Shampoo options I tried as all seemed to lather nicely, clean my hair and rinse well. The conditioner bars I tried were hit or miss. Pricing also varied quite a bit. When I evaluate products, I look at function, form, efficacy, and price. My hair can be a little dry and I found two great options of the many brands I tried.
My top choice is Basin Shampoo and Conditioner Bars which is available in a few free-standing stores across the US and in Hy-Vee grocery stores in the midwest and soon at Replenish Grocers. I was fortunate enough to be traveling and checking out the Basin section of a Hy-Vee store in Des Moines. I saw they had a whole wall of Bar Shampoo and Conditioner. I had already received a few other brands I was testing out. I am so glad I happened upon these products. I bought the Charcoal shampoo and conditioner. As soon as I tried the combination, I knew I found the best of the best. The shampoo lathered really nicely + rinsed clean. The conditioner was by far my favorite on how it felt when massaging my hair, to post rinse out and how it felt out of the shower and when styled. They have so many options! I tried the Macaroon which smells lovely and works just as good as the Charcoal. I think the Charcoal conditioner is a little bit more moisturizing. I also tried the Swim Repair, obviously since I am a swimmer. And that worked really well! All and all super happy with this find and highly recommend this brand of bar shampoo + conditioners.
· Charcoal Shampoo + Conditioner bar $8.99 for each bar
· Macaroon Shampoo + Conditioner bar $8.99 for each bar
· Swim Repair Shampoo + Conditioner bar $8.99 for each bar
Ethique is my second favorite option. What I love is that they have a nice variety of Bar Shampoo and Conditioner for all hair types. I used the Damage Control Shampoo Bar and the Guardian conditioner bar. The results are great! The shampoo lathers nicely and the conditioner leaves my hair moisturized and tangle free. Ethique also offers a fantastic shower container. And get this, it is made with bamboo + sugarcane and is completely compostable (will last up to 5 years in the shower). In addition, the packaging that the bars arrive in is completely compostable. Even the sticker is a biodegradable sticker! I mean this company really has thought through everything to make your shower experience as zero waste as possible. They are a B Corp (high Five!), Cruelty free + New Zealand made. I have flip flopped on which is my top choice. Ultimately, I think you will be incredibly pleased with either Basin or Ethique.
$15 for Shampoo Bar + $17 for conditioner
And if Bar Shampoo and Conditioner is not your thing, not to worry! At Replenish Grocers, you will also have the option to refill your own bottle with liquid shampoo and/ or conditioner!