Shampoo and conditioner bars seem to be one of those eco-friendly alternatives that a lot of people resist trying. I know that I dump shampoo globs the size of an apple onto my head, and I only reduce that by half quantity for conditioner.
Hair care experts recommend that you wash your hair once or twice a week using a DIME sized amount of shampoo. Boy, am I far off.
Last week, I decided to give my hair a cleanse and go a week without washing it in an attempt to train it to self-regulate the production of natural oils. I can't say that that did anything but now I'm on week two, determined to wash my hair once every 3-4 days.
Now, to top off my honestly ~alarming~ hair care routine, I use Pantene.
Just have a peek at the ingredients list:
"Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-6, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trihydroxystearin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silica, Iron Oxides, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone Conditioner: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Histidine, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 33"
I haven't done extensive research, but it feels pretty clear that these are not ingredients I want to be using on my hair.
HiBAR is a level up. They are 100% plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars.
I bought the moisturize set:
Here is the shampoo ingredient list:
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Coconut Oil*), BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol (Vegetable Based*)),Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Based*), Glycerin Stearate (Vegetable Based*), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Stearic Acid (Vegetable Based*), Polyquaternium 7, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Natural Fragrance (Lime Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Ginger Root Oil), Mineral Pigment CI 77007. (*Derived Source)
For starters, I recognize most of the ingredients. I did a quick search on the ones I didn't, and they seem to check out.
These bars smell AMAZING. Seriously, I could not stop smelling them. It must be the combination of peel oils, holy moly. You can also buy a scent-free option of the same set if you want to reduce the ingredients further.
When I brought both of my new bars into the shower I realized that I had forgotten which was which. So I recommend keeping track of the difference in color when you take them out of the package.
Having been a life-long shampoo globber, using the bars was definitely a change. The instructions tell you to use the slanted edge of the bar and gently rub it along your hair.
I tried getting the bars to foam up in my hand so that I could indirectly apply it to my scalp. It worked, it just took a bit for me to get what I felt like was enough shampoo to properly cleanse my hair.
The conditioner didn't leave my hair feeling as silky smooth as brands have in the past, but my hair feels clean, smells great, and brushed out almost as easily.
This was my first experience with shampoo and conditioner bars so I have nothing to compare these to. My friend Sigrid recommended them as her go-to bar. There are so many brands of bars available through zero-waste shops online, it can be risky to go with just any bar.
I bought these as a set for $26.50. You can also purchase them separately for $13.95.
HiBAR has Moisturize, Volumize, Maintain, Soothe sets available.
They have a bar matcher that will help you find the best set for your hair:
Switching from bottles to bars is a big shift. While these bars didn't foam up my hair they definitely cleansed out the grease and grime and left a great (and naturally made) scent.
I will update in a few weeks with how my hair is holding up and any suggestions I may have for getting the most out of these eco-friendly alternatives!