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Five questions about shampoo and conditioner bars

1. If someone is new to shampoo and conditioner bars, can they expect to just go ‘cold turkey’ from their regular shampoos and go full steam ahead with Hemp Collective bars? Or should they take some time to change over to the new product?

Moving from regular liquid shampoo to a solid bar may take a little time. For some people it takes two to three weeks to ‘break in’ and let their hair become normalised, especially after years of having natural oils stripped away by some commercial shampoos.

Shampoo bars tend to be gentler than regular liquid shampoo, so let your hair adjust to that milder cleansing. You might even need to change the frequency of your shampoos during the transition time. Hemp Collective’s high-quality solid shampoo bars are crafted with Hemp Seed Oil and essential oils to help hydrate, cleanse and nourish your hair and scalp. They are formulated especially for normal to dry hair.

Shampoo bars have a nice natural lather and clean just as well as regular liquid shampoo. They should last longer than a liquid formula too, making them more cost-effective. A little tip: make sure you store them correctly. Don’t leave them sitting in water, but let them dry between uses.

2. Will hair look and feel different when someone changes over to shampoo and conditioner bars? And if yes, how?

Yes, this could be true depending on the ingredients used in the bar. When first using a shampoo bar, you may experience a "waxy" feel to the hair after washing. This is often referred to as "the purge" or "the waxies" in the shampoo bar community - and could be the result of an adjustment to balancing out your scalp's oil production. It can usually be remedied with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

Your hair will become more used to your shampoo bar over time and while bars may produce a shine, they - more importantly - create longevity of health to your hair.

You have to give your hair a few washes or weeks to adjust and let it work out all of the chemicals. Then it will reach a state of equilibrium and you’ll have natural, normal, healthy hair.

Another reason why your hair might be feeling a bit 'rubbish' during this initial phase is that you’re not completely washing all of the soap out of your hair. It seems crazy, but solid shampoo works totally different to shampoo liquid (who would have thought it?!).

First of all, natural solid shampoo lacks the sulphates you’re used to that give it that big bubbly lather. Our soap lathers up really well in your hands and you can apply it as you would shampoo, but you need to give it an extra rinse to make sure it’s all out.

Our bars use hydrating and nourishing Hemp Seed oil. Here is what some of our customers had to say:

  • ‘It brought up the natural oils and did not dry out my hair’

  • ‘Never used a shampoo bar before. I loved it, brought up the natural oils and did not dry out my hair’

  • ‘They are so full of wonderful natural ingredients that my scalp feels so soothed and my hair is growing much longer! They also last a long time and are super easy to lather and apply to hair’

  • ‘Hair might not feel ‘silky’ or smooth after a shower - it just feels clean and nourished’

  • ‘Sometimes your hair might feel waxy, greasy or dryer.’

3. Are the main differences between ‘regular’ shampoos and conditioners the solid form of the product (and therefore the potential for far more sustainable packaging), and the ingredients? Or are there other differences - things a layperson might not know or immediately notice?

Solid shampoos are the eco-friendly version of conventional liquid shampoos because they are concentrated. Their composition is similar to that of their liquid counterparts with the distinct difference that the water component has been removed. The pH value of solid shampoos is generally equal to that of the skin. You may find eventually you do not need to wash your hair as much.

4. How many washes can you expect from a shampoo bar and a conditioner bar?

Because Hemp Collective™️ Shampoo Bars are a concentrate this will depend on how much you wash your hair, your length and how you store your bar but they should last you approximately 60-80 Washes.

5. Any other top tips for using shampoo and conditioner bars?

In regards to using the shampoo, it will open the hair follicles, the conditioner will then close the hair follicles. If you use just the Shampoo your hair will feel dry and it leaves your hair in a negative state, the conditioner puts it back into a positive state. You don't have to use our conditioner to do this, but it's important to use one, either way.

To apply the Shampoo bar there are a few techniques:

  • First, get your hair completely wet.

  • Lather the shampo bar in your hands, then massage the product into the hair with your hands, starting at the roots and working down.

  • Or you can swoosh the entire bar around on your hair to get a great lather.

  • If your hair is prone to getting tangled, simply rub it in your hands first, then rub the lather in.

Using a solid conditioner bar is easy too. It’s best used directly on to your hair, but you don't need to use a lot (depending on hair length).

To apply the conditioner, warm the bar in your hands with water then comb through and leave it in for 1-2 minutes. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair with the conditioner and then wash it out. It’ll feel super lightweight on your locks and even better once you rinse!

Hemp Collective™️ bars use hemp as our main ingredient which also nourishes your scalp and hair, and adds Omega 3 and 6 to your hair and skin. In our hemp products, we use over 10% hemp seed oil (as opposed to the 1 to 2% in some other products).

Last updated: May 2022

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