Q + A about our b3 shampoo bars:
What are the benefits to using a shampoo bar?
No plastic bottles here, our shampoo bars are almost packaging-free and the label is recycleable, which reduces waste. 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean annually. This is in part due to the number of products delivered in plastic. It also relates to the amount of water we ship (and the environmental cost of that transportation).
Store the shampoo bar on a self-draining tray, where it can air dry. Doing so will extend its life, saving you money, and reducing your environmental footprint.
We use only natural ingredients in our shampoo bars, which makes them water-soluble and fully biodegradable. These bars are preservative-free, and don’t release chemicals, detergents, or plastic micro-beads into the environment. Safe for septic tanks, too!
Shampoo bars are convenient. They’re great for travel, camping, gym bags, backpacks, carry-on baggage and any other reason you need a small, light, no-spill all-in-one product. Use soap bars on your hands and body. Use shampoo bars anywhere! Although shampoo bars are specially balanced for use on your hair, these bars are quite adaptable. As such, you can use a shampoo bar on your body.
In fact, many of our customers use only shampoo bars (especially those who frequently travel, store their gear in a gym locker, or want to reduce the number of products they take on camping trips).
Will I notice a change as I switch from liquid shampoo to a shampoo bar?
The switch from liquid shampoo to shampoo bars is different for everyone. Some will hardly notice the difference; whereas, others will find that it takes a while to switch over. Some refer to this as the transition period.
If you’ve used commercial shampoos and conditioners for a while, you likely have some built up chemical residue in your hair. This is because commercial hair products contain detergents and silicones. It takes a while to draw these residues out of your hair. At the same time, your scalp is recalibrating its natural oil production. During this transition, your hair might feel heavy, greasy, and/or dull.
Once the residue is washed away, and your scalp adjusts to the new pH, your hair will start to feel better. In fact, it’ll likely feel much cleaner, once the residue is gone. The length of your transition period will vary, depending on your hair length, type, and the amount of product you use in it. For most people, the transition period takes about two to three weeks.
What is the difference between a shampoo bar and bar soap?
Soaps and shampoos contain similar ingredients but the difference relates to the types of oil used and the volume it’s in.
Although soaps lather, they don’t create as much lather as you’d find in shampoo bars. Shampoo bars have a higher concentration of oils to penetrate the hair mass, create richer lather, and moisturize your hair without weighing it down. Their use helps retain natural oils in the hair, reduce hair breakage, and stimulate hair growth.
The ingredients in shampoo bars make them softer than soap bars. As such, they won’t last as long as hand soaps. So, if you’re cost conscious, you might want to think about using a shampoo bar as well as a dedicated bar soap (for your hands, face, and body).
Will a shampoo bar remove residue from common cleansers?
Yes. Mass produced liquid shampoos commonly utilize detergents and silicone. These harsh chemicals leave residue in your hair that can start to collect.
Since shampoo bars are made up of natural ingredients, they’ll prevent this residue from collecting. In time, using a shampoo bar will help your scalp better moderate its oil production, and achieve a natural balance.
Will a shampoo bar sting my eyes?
Yes. Unfortunately, soap from a shampoo bar can cause discomfort and irritation if it comes into contact with your eyes. As such, we ask that you close your eyes while using our shampoo bars, or any shampoo for that matter.
Will the type of water I use affect how my shampoo bar performs?
Yes. Some water types can affect how your shampoo bar functions. Hard water can trigger eczema, or make your hair look tangled and dry. Chlorinated, mineralized, and fluoridated water can also affect the way a shampoo bar interacts with your hair. If you’re not loving how it works on your hair, no worries! The bar can still be used for shaving + showering!
Do shampoo bars work well with thin hair?
Yes. Shampoo bars work well on almost all hair types. Since our shampoo bars are made of all natural ingredients, using them won’t weigh down your hair with residue.
Can I use a shampoo bar on color treated or permed hair?
Yes. In fact, you might find that using a shampoo bar will help hold on to your new hair color, because these bars only use natural ingredients. It wouldn’t hurt to run a strand test first, though.
Will using a shampoo bar dry out my hair?
No. Our all-natural shampoo bars are hand made with quality cleansing, moisturizing, and essential oils. Together, these ingredients help encourage a healthy scalp and hair. Shampoo bars are a nice alternative to many commercial shampoos, as they do not contain detergents, preservatives, or other chemical additives that can damage your hair.
Do shampoo bars lather?
Yes, but not in the way you are accustomed to. Since our shampoo bars don’t contain artificial lathering agents, they lather differently from drugstore shampoos. Our shampoo bars do create lather, but this lather is thicker and less bubbly than what you might be used to.
Are your shampoo bars tested on animals?
No, we do not test our shampoo bars (or any of our other products) on animals. Our products are all PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free.