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Your top 5 reasons to switch to shampoo bars (and how to use them)

April 28, 2019

80 BILLION PLASTIC BOTTLES that are disposed around the world

are SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER BOTTLES,

and ONLY 9% of plastic world-wide is RECYCLED

 

 Sorry to hit you with the hard stuff straight up but we think this is the most important reason we should all make the transition to shampoo bars.

Did you know that shampoo bars have been used since WW2? It’s been kept on the ‘down low’ for a while now and thankfully they’re making a comeback due to the growing percentage of conscious consumers and businesses.

You’re probably wondering, what’s this shampoo bar buzz about? Why should I use it? And what are my options?

WHAT IS A SHAMPOO BAR?

Obviously, shampoo bars are a solid form of shampoo. Whilst our toxin-free Shampoo Bars may look like your typical soap bar, they are specifically formulated to deliver a 2-in-1 nourishing and cleansing experience for your hair and scalp. They use natural oils and nutritious ingredients to transform dry or damaged hair whilst avoiding cost, chemicals and plastic waste. These multi-tasking gems will provide huge benefits to your hair and mamma earth by fast-tracking your toxin free and waste free journey.

DO I NEED A CONDITIONER AS WELL?

Conditioning is not always required when using a shampoo bar due to their high moisturising benefits, however depending on your hair type, you may want the extra boost. I keep my conditioner barin my beach bag so I can quickly run it through my hair in the showers after swimming or surfing to avoid the salt water drying out my hair!

HERE ARE YOUR 5 REASONS TO SWITCH TO SHAMPOO BARS:

  1. 1 bar = 3 liquid bottles

Shampoo bars are an eco-friendly, plastic-free and economical alternative because one shampoo or conditioner bar replaces three plastic bottles of liquid shampoo or conditioner.

↠ The cardboard packaging of our bars is completely biodegradable and you have the option to purchase a bar without packaging too 🙌 

  1. Toxin-Free & nourishing ingredients

Shampoo bars (the ones we stock) are completely free from toxinsand are packed with nourishing ingredientsthat are good for your hair and the planet.

The terms ‘natural’ and ‘toxin free’ are not regulated (which is one of the reasons I started this company). So do your research (or ask us). Just because they claim to be free from SLS or parabens doesn’t mean they are completely toxin-free. Steer away from the following bad guys in your shampoo or conditioner:

  • Sulphates (SLS or SLES) – mostly used to make your liquid shampoo foam. According to the Journal of American College for Toxicology, these cause damage to our immune system and inflame your skin/scalp.
  • Parabens – commonly found in shampoo and conditioners as a preservative. They are easily absorbed through the skin (and scalp) and have the ability to mimic estrogen, disrupting the hormonal cycle of the body.
  • Silicones – coat the hair shaft creating the illusion of smooth and shiny hear. However, silicones clog your pores and dry out your hair & scalp.
  • DEA or TEA (diethamolamine or Triethanolamine)– mostly used as a emulsifier to mix the water with oils. In Europe DEA is prohibited due to concerns about formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines (cancer-causing substances).
  • We will write a blog about this later

THE REALITY OF CHEMICAL/RESIDUE BUILD UP:

  1. Healthy hair and scalp

The nutritious ingredients of the shampoo bars work with the natural oil in your hair that keeps it healthy and shiny, instead of stripping it away. This boosts the overall health and happiness of your hair and scalp avoiding built up residue and promoting thickness, growth and shine. 

  1. Multi-tasker, leak-free and convenient

Toxin-free shampoo bars can be used to cleanse your body and face because they don’t dry out your skin and use natural nourishing ingredients. This means they can replace 3-4 different bottles in the shower. Say goodbye to OCD freak outs and excess clutter!

We take ours camping, which is important if you use outdoor showers as the ingredients of the bar won’t threaten the surrounding environment and animals. Even better if you travel via plane. No stress about your bottles bursting, taking up half your bag or having to sacrifice them because you forgot the 100 ml rule. Less time feeling bad for leaving some behind ✌️.

  1. Inexpensive & long lasting

Liquid shampoo is on average 60% water, and liquid conditioner is 90%. We’ve all paid ridiculous prices for half a cup of water. 

Shampoo and conditioner bars are highly concentrated (with only the good stuff) giving them a longer life of up to 80+ washes. They also avoid overuse and wastage that most liquid products with pumps face. This makes them the real cost-effective option. Less costs for you and the planet!

 

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THE TRANSITIONING PHASE

Like natural deodorant, shampoo bars involve a transition or ‘detox’ phase for most people. Why? Because your hair and scalp has trained itself to handle commercial shampoo and conditioners that contain nasties like detergents and silicone which strip back natural oils. This process challenges the health of your hair and leaves a build-up of chemicals over time(as shown in the video above). This built up residue takes time to leave the hair, which can cause the hair to feel greasy, heavy or dull as it detoxifies itself and learns to embrace its natural oils again. Don’t give in, it’s worth it once you’ve overcome this phase and you’re on the other side!

The transition phase and how to use your shampoo bars:

 

STUCK ON DECIDING? HERE’S A BREAKDOWN ON OUR RANGE OF SHAMPOO BARS

  1. Beauty and the Bees SAMPLE Pack of Shampoo Bars

The sample pack is a great starting point to discover the shampoo bar that your hair loves, experience how well they all lather, and how effectively they cleanse and moisturise your hair.

  1. Shampoo With a Purpose

We are in love with these products! Our blonde team member loves their Colour Treated Shampoo Bar as it removes brassy yellow tones & enhances her desired blonde colour. Her favourite bar by far! They also have bars for those with Normal hair, those who want to add Volume & those with Dry or Damaged hair. 

  1. Australian Natural Soap Co. (ANSC)

These guys have specifically formulated bars for dry, sensitive, oily and normal hair types. (they also offer a package free option)

  1. Beauty and the Bees Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo Bar

This charcoal shampoo bar enriches the natural vibrancy of all hair types. Blonde customers have said it tones down the brassiness (unwanted warm tones) in dyed hair, replicating the effect of a purple shampoo.

  1. Beauty and the Bees Real Beer Shampoo Bar

Enriched with Tasmanian brewed beer, users indicate that this Shampoo Bar is a great treatment for dandruff and sore scalp.

  1. Gypsy Rose – Kombucha Shampoo and Body Bar

Kombucha is known for its natural healing, anti-fungal and detoxifying properties, containing vitamins that promote healthy hair and regulate oil gland secretion. It also promotes the regrowth of hair.

  1. Conditioner Bars

These bars are for those who feel they need to add extra nourishment, moisture and protection to their hair. Get your Honey, Charcoal or Beer conditioner bar. 

  1. Conditioning Rinse

Apple Cider rinses soothe dry skin and scalps, whilst stimulating healthy hair growth.

 

SHAMPOO BAR GUIDE

Here's a quick guide on which bars suit which hair types:

Hair Type Shampoo With a Purpose The Australian Natural Soap Co. Beauty and the Bees
Normal Hair
Dry Hair
Oily Hair
Blondies


*NOTE: SHAMPOO (AND SOAP BARS) ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE STORED IN THE SHOWER IN BETWEEN USES.

A good quality shampoo bar is made with saponified oils which will turn mush if left in a wet environment.  To make your bars last, pat them dry and store outside of the shower on a rack so they can air.

We’d love to see your your zero-waste bathroom journey on Facebook or Instagram(@goforzero_au). Feel free to ask us any questions at askusanything@goforzero.com.au

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