All about Shampoo & Conditioner Bars!

We have so many hair types in this household and all of them require different maintenance. We are not new to shampoo and conditioner bars! The very first set I ever bought was 12 years ago from a popular bath and body store, before I began my own store. The shampoo was awesome! But the conditioner wasn't moisturizing enough for my hair type. I've purchased shampoo & conditioner bars from fellow soap-makers over the years and I've loved them all. My dear friend made me a set with manuka extract as per my request, and it was so lovely! 
Shampoo & Conditioner Bars are:
- Convenient for travel
- Take up less space in your shower/bathroom
- Plastic Free, Sulfate Free
- Concentrated (you're not paying for water!)
- Easy to use 
- Zero Waste alternatives
- Gentle for all hair types
I have very long thick hair, and I'm one of those people who has tried and used soooo many different kinds and brands of shampoo and conditioner; trying to find the holy grail set for my hair's needs. Growing up I thought I had wavy/straight hair -  but it turns out, how you brush your hair and cut your hair - can affect the waves and curls that come out. It's been close to 14 years since I kicked hair dye to the curb and daily heat styling.

Both of my children had tight-curls in their toddler years, my daughter's were perfect ringlets until her hair got long, now she's got curls at the ends (I bet a cut would bring back some of that bounce)! She has a deep love for taking care of her hair and is always so excited when I bust out some new shampoo and conditioner for her to try. Her favourite smelling one is Herbal Essences, the pink one, but that might just be because it's pink! 

My son is a BUSY kid. He moves a lot. All day. Every day. Sometimes when he's falling asleep he's STILL moving. He just has so much energy he can't lay still until he's actually asleep. Having him sit still for the picture in the middle involved bribing him to let me and I did use candy as the motivator. Because he's so busy his hair is constantly tangled and it's the kind of tangles that require a lot of patience, sectioning, and a mix of combs and brushes. And you want to know what else? He HATES it when I brush his hair. 

When I was formulating these Shampoo & Conditioner Bars it was important to me to add proteins, extracts & additives which would benefit: Dry hair, tangly hair, curly hair, and normal hair. 

For the past six months I've been researching, making, testing, and more researching. I've had so many requests for shampoo bars that I needed to add these to our product line. So without further adieu, let me introduce you to the powerhouse of ingredients which make up these awesome bars.

Baobab Protein comes from the African Baobab Tree which is also known as the Tree of Life. In hair care this protein helps to repair damage, strengthen hair, moisturize, and nourish the hair strand. It can also help to reduce frizz.

Quinoa Protein has a high amino acid content, which helps to restore hydration to the cuticle of the hair and increases shine. Quinoa protein is also reported to help extend the  life of colour-treated hair. 

Manuka Honey Extract is one of those things that calls to me as I am a self-proclaimed honey lover. Honey alone is antibacterial and a natural humectant (this means it draws moisture from the air, to it). This particular extract is an excellent moisturizer and as someone who often has dry ends, I wanted products that would help with that. 

Silk Amino Acids have the ability to repair and strengthen hair.

DL-Panthenol became famous as an additive in a popular brand. It's great for helping hair to retain moisture and protecting it from the elements. 

Cetrimonium Chloride is naturally derived from rapeseed oil. It's an excellent detangler, anti-static and anti-frizz properties. It was important to me to add something that would help loosen and smooth out knots and tangles, and thus make brushing my son's hair, a lot easier. (I have to say that this was a game-changer ingredient. My son's hair is so much more manageable after a bath, gently combing I can battle a whole head of knots in under ten minutes now).

So how do you use these amazing, packed-full-of-goodness bars?

Shampoo: Lather the bar in your hands, or apply the bar directly to your hair and work up a lather. Add some more water to your hair too - this will help distribute the later. Massage your scalp as your washing your hair just like you would with regular liquid shampoo. Rinse well. 

Conditioner: Wet the bar, and run it down the length of your hair. I condition from my ears down, but follow whatever normal routine you do with liquid conditioner. Once you've got some in your hair, use your fingers to distribute through the rest of your hair. At this point I use a wide-tooth comb and comb out any tangles. I let my conditioner sit in in my hair for a few minutes before rinsing. Depending on what kind of hair you have, you may want to rinse it all completely out, or you might want to rinse with cold water, or you might rinse and leave a little on your ends (this is what I do). 


Now let your bars drain and dry completely between uses. This is going to prolong the life of your bars and ensure you get the most out of them. If left in a pool of water your bars WILL melt, and then you will be sad. Trust me on this one. 




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