We know the world of alternative hair care products can be overwhelming and confusing and that’s why we are here to help!
The transition to a more plastic-free lifestyle and routine can be a tricky one, especially with all the products that are available to us with the biggest question often being about hair care - more specifically, shampoo.
Though the options and information can be overwhelming, we do encourage you to look past the noise and remember that ultimately plastic free products are both better for our hair and the environment. Shampoo bars, like many zero-waste products, are also a great help when travelling!
This post will hopefully act as an introduction to the world of shampoo bars, and help you to find the bar that fits you and your lifestyle. First things first, there is a few factors to take into consideration on why you may want make the switch.
Unfortunately, many of the conventional, bottled shampoos we use today contain some chemicals and sulphates that are often used in large amounts and are most likely the cause of a lot of the hair problems you may have.
What shampoo is right for me?
There are a few factors that may impact which shampoo bar you want to try, one being whether you live in an area with hard water or soft water.
The type of water that comes from your shower head can actually affect your hair and what products you should be using for optimal results!
Hard water is simply water with a higher concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Whilst hard water is safe, it can cause some problems with hair care, as the excess minerals may build up.
Soft water has not got this excess in minerals, as it has been through a water softener system.
When approaching the world of shampoo bars, there are a few variants that may seem intimidating, but are super easy to understand.
The one you pick will depend on your hair type, water type and goals.
For example, if you are currently doing, or looking to try, the curly girl method, you may want to stick to a ‘low-poo’ option, as it is advised to use no sulphates on your hair when doing this method.
The ’No-Poo’ title simply means you don’t use any traditional shampoos, with some people choosing to stop using shampoo completely or choosing to use very natural, gentle products. ‘No-Poo’ shampoos do not include any sulphates or surfactants. This type of shampoo is a great option but may not work for everyone especially on the start of your journey.
The ’No-Poo’ method is great if you already have started your no shampoo journey or if you live in an area with very soft water we also find it good for children whose hair generally requires less washing and people with shaved or very short hair. If the area you live in is a hard water area, you may want to try a ‘Low-Poo’, or an apple cider vinegar wash to remove the mineral coating from your hair.
Check out our ’No-Poo’ options -
‘Low-Poo’ is a shampoo that still does not contain any sulphates, however it does contain a detergent/surfactant for more cleansing power. ‘Low-Poo’s’ are a common option for people who choose to do the curly girl method, as they contain a cleaning agent but no harsh chemicals that may have negative effects on the hair, they are of course suitable for all other hair types too. Beware, this doesn’t mean that all shampoos that are advertised for curly hair are ‘Low-Poo’, as many of these shampoos still contain sulphates and much harsher surfactants, so it is important to always check the ingredients list.
Check out our ‘Low-Poo’ options -