Don’t Wash Your Hair With Soap

We sometimes get asked if you can wash your hair with bar soap or is soap good for your hair? The answer is a loud and clear NO! Washing hair with bar soap is NOT recommended. Soap has a very high pH and products with a high pH open up your hair cuticles and damage your cuticle layer. Thus, the use of bar soap as shampoo will make your hair dry, dull, and rough over time. Bar soap used as shampoo can also create an unsightly and uncomfortable residue (scum) in your hair that builds up over time – especially if you live in an area with hard water.

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The Damaging Effects of Soap on Hair

There is no such thing as a soap shampoo or a shampoo soap or a hair wash soap bar, there is only either shampoo or soap - and for your hair you should always pick shampoo. In contrast to soap that will dry out your hair, pH balanced and sulfate-free shampoo bars like ours will gently wash and nourish your hair. Thus, when switching from liquid to solid shampoo to be more eco-friendly without compromising performance, always make sure to look for soap-free shampoo bars like our line of vegan, plastic-free superzero bars. 

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Pay Attention to the Ingredients

This isn’t always easy because with consumer interest in waterless shampoos in bar form rising, some brands take shortcuts and simply label bar soap as shampoo. Therefore, you will have to look at the ingredient list

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Soap versus Shampoo

Tell-tale ingredients for soaps that are mis-labeled as shampoo bars that you should watch out for on INCI labels and avoid are sodium stearate, sodium olivate, or sodium cocoate. Make sure to stay clear of any products that contain those ingredients when picking a shampoo.

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What shampoo bars should you use?

Take our hair quiz to determine the best soap-free, plastic-free, vegan shampoo and conditioner bars for you. We have products for every hair type and condition from coily / kinky to thinning!