How to Use a Shampoo Bar: Your Step-By-Step Guide

Thinking of transitioning from bottled shampoo to using a shampoo bar? Here's everything you need to know to make the switch.
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Shampoo bars are a concentrated type of shampoo in solid form, similar to a bar of soap. A more eco-friendly alternative to traditional liquid shampoos, they eliminate the use of plastic bottles and reduce waste, usually coming packaged in cardboard.

Ultra-compact and easy to take with you on the go, their solid format makes them ideal for travel, festivals and the gym, as well as just for every day use. If you’ve been thinking about trying out a shampoo bar, read on for our tips on finding the best one for your hair type, plus how to actually use them.

Still life shot of the Love Beauty And Planet shampoo bars on a marble background

The earth-friendly alternative to bottled shampoo. Credit: Rupert LaycockDepending on your hair type, there are different shampoo bars to suit your particular hair needs. For example, the volumising powers of the Love Beauty And Planet Volume and Bounty Shampoo Bar make it a must-try for anyone with fine hair, while the Blooming Colour Shampoo Bar helps to maintain the vibrancy of colour-treated hair.

Step 1

Wet Your Hair.

Start by wetting your hair with warm water until it’s completely saturated all the way through. This will help you to create the most foamy lather and give you the best cleanse.

Brunette model with wet hair holding a towel
Step 2

Make a Lather.

Take the shampoo bar and run it under water for a few seconds, then rub it between your hands to create a lather, before applying this lather into your hair.

Alternatively, you can also rub the bar directly onto your hair.

Brunette model with wet hair holding a shampoo bar with lather on her hands
Step 3

Massage Into Your Hair.

Next, massage the lather into your hair like you would with a regular liquid shampoo, focusing on the scalp and roots. 

Brunette model with wet hair with her hands in her hair
Step 4

Rinse and Condition.

Thoroughly rinse out your hair, making sure that no shampoo residue is left behind.

Once you’re finished rinsing out the shampoo, follow up with your normal conditioner or a solid conditioner bar for some extra nourishment, if required.

Brunette model with wet hair in a white towel
Step 5

Comb Your Hair.

Squeeze out any excess water with a towel and use a wide-tooth comb to get rid of any tangles, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots.

Brunette model with wet hair combing her hair
Step 6

Style.

All that’s left to do now is dry your hair (or let it air dry) and style it as normal. And you’re done!

Brunette model with bouncy medium length hair swept over one shoulder
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