Ashford and Simpson had it right. They must have known something about the latest trend in shampoo—solid.
That’s right. Solid shampoo bars. Some are soap bars that some use as shampoo. Others are specially formulated for hair. They’re great. There’s less packaging. You can travel well with them (There’s no agent ready to dump out your expensive product at the airport). They last as long or longer than liquid shampoos because you use less to get a great lather. And they are also mostly natural. Guys, if you don’t like using a “frilly” shampoo, you can use this with ease.
Shampoos are sometimes the ugly stars of the beauty world. Yes they clean our hair, but most REALLY do just that. Most commercial brands completely strip our hair of everything: dirt, oils and our own natural oils our locs need to stay moisturized. Then you need a conditioner and a whole lot of styling products to put back what has been stripped away.
The best shampoo bars are free of chemicals, are vegetable-based and are good for your hair, giving it natural moisturizers, great sudsing properties even in hard water, and a scent that is subtle but lasts. I try to stay away from those that contain sodium hydroxide. Yes it’s the backbone of soap, but we’ve been putting this in our hair for years in the form of relaxers. The more natural, the better.
To use them, wet hair and just rub the soap bar right in and through your locs. I had the pleasure of trying out one yesterday. I was amazed at how easily it lathered all my locs from roots to ends. It rinsed out easily. So I lathered, rinsed and repeated. The bar made the process so easy, it was the fastest I ever shampooed my locs.
Here’s some finds from the web of solid shampoo bars. I have only tried one, but if your scalp is sensitive, or you are allergic to a lot of chemicals used in commercial shampoos, this could be your alternative. Just look around for what’s best for you.
- SheaMoisture. (This is a photo of a similar formula bar.) This was great. I tried the Organic Lemongrass & Ginger Shea Butter Soap (w/Orange Peel). This 8 oz bar only took two quick shampoos with not a lot of rubbing through my locs to create a great lather. And my locs had a nice lemony scent. They have other scents to try. The ingredients from this one are lemongrass oil, tea tree oil, orange peel, shea butter, cocoa butter, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E, and soaps of coconut and palm. Great stuff. Available at Walgreen’s and Target and at www.sheamoisture.com
- Herbaria Jojoba Shampoo. Jojoba Oil is said to be the most like the natural sebums secreted by our hair follicles. This bar uses jojoba, rosemary and petigrain to naturally cleanse. www.herbariasoap.com
- Knotty Boy Dreadlock Shampoo. This shampoo bar is made especially for locs. This is formulated with peppermint to stimulate and tingle, rosemary (which also is known to stimulate hair growth), and tea tree oil, known for its antiseptic properties. All of these tingle for a stimulating clean. www.knottyboy.com
- Chagrin Valley. Try the Butter Bar Conditioner Soap, a blend of saponified oils of unrefined cocoa and shea butters, safflower oil and babassu (known for moisturizing and creating elasticity), coconut milk, filtered rain water and other natural ingredients. www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com
Have fun with yet another way to get your locs clean and soft with not a lot of fuss.