conditioner bars

Conditioner Bars: Slide, Soak, and Shine!

Conditioner Bars: Slide, Soak, and Shine!

 

  Conditioner bars are an ideal way to keep our hair looking amazing while reducing our plastic waste. There is no reason to deal with large numbers of plastic bottles for our hair. We should be aware of how these plastic bottles collect in our landfills and take generations to break down. In some cases, plastic bottles never break down at all or end up as microplastics within the food  chain. Conditioner bars are very beneficial no matter who we are or what type of hair we have. Once we have switched to conditioner bars, we can also switch over to shampoo bars. This will bring our household one step closer to being waste-free. 


What is a Conditioner Bar?

  A conditioner bar is essentially a solid, highly concentrated version of a typical liquid conditioner, only better. This is because conditioner bars are brimming with organic and plant-based nutrients like coconut oil and shea butter, which nourish hair while repairing day-to-day moisture loss and reversing obvious signs of damage. Furthermore, the best conditioner bars include no fillers, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, or other potentially dangerous substances.


  While solid conditioner bars differ in ingredients from bar to bar, they all have one thing in common: they are completely water-free. This is particularly crucial to emphasize because most liquid shampoos and conditioners on retail shelves contain up to 70% water. This implies that we're purchasing a watered-down product with fewer active chemicals and more preservatives. There are many reasons why conditioner hair bars are so useful.


How to use a Conditioner Bar

  To use a conditioner bar, we must first get our hair wet, but not soaked. If our hair is too soaked, we can squeeze some of the water out of our hair. This is because when our hair is dripping wet, nutrients flow off the strands and into the sink. On the other hand, we want our hair to be damp enough so that each strand absorbs as many nutrients as possible. If we have long hair, we should coat the ends well. We should keep our conditioner (and shampoo!) bars in a soap dish with proper drainage. This will prevent conditioner soap bars from turning mushy. Additionally, while not in use, we should keep our shower bars outside of the shower. 


Are Conditioner Bars better?

  Scientists estimate that over 8.3 million metric tons of virgin plastic have been generated since the 1950s. This figure is expected to continue to rise exponentially. This is one reason why we should use a conditioner bar. Conditioner bars reduce plastic waste because they are packaged in recyclable materials. Conditioner bars offer several other benefits. They are excellent travel companions, so we won't have to worry about TSA liquid regulations or bag spills when traveling. In addition, conditioner bars, like their plastic-free twin, the shampoo bar, include all-natural ingredients that prevent hair breakage and enhance hair health. We will find that using a conditioner bar is not only wonderful for our hair, but also for the environment, a true win-win.

Which hair types are best for Conditioner Bars?

  The quick answer is all of them. It makes no difference whether our hair is short, long, colored, straight, or textured. Hair conditioner bars moisturize all hair types well. However, we may find that some hair types benefit more from conditioner bars than others. For example, if our hair is curly, frizzy, dry, or damaged, a conditioner bar might be a game changer. Conditioner bars are nutritional powerhouses for our hair, thanks to their high concentration of active ingredients. Conditioner bars may also benefit people with sensitive scalps and skin allergies. This is due to conditioner bars being free of harsh ingredients such as sulfates and artificial perfumes.

What are the most critical ingredients to look for?

  What to look for in a conditioner bar is determined by our hair's individual needs. We should choose a nutrient-rich conditioner bar with hydrating characteristics if we have thick, curly, or dry hair. It's also an excellent idea to find a sulfate-free, color-safe conditioner bar for color-treated hair. If we have fine or limp hair, we should look for a conditioner bar that contains coconut oil and sweet almond oil. These oils provide lightweight moisture.

What are the best bars for each hair type?

Natural Citrus Conditioner Bar

 

Citrus Conditioner Bars Help Energize Us

  Citrus conditioner bars have a wonderful scent that energizes us. This is especially useful in the early morning when we are still trying to clear our eyes of sleep. These bars are also high in vitamins and essential oils, which benefit both our hair and scalp. Citrus conditioner bars also have anti-inflammatory properties. If we want to wake up each morning and show our scalp some love, citrus conditioner bars are the way to go.

Natural Coconut Conditioner Bar

Coconut Conditioner Bars Leave Our Hair Feeling Silky

  Coconut conditioner bars condition our hair because they contain lauric acid. This acid can penetrate the hair follicles and distribute vitamins and nutrients from root to tip. These coconut bars also leave our hair silky and soft. If we want super soft, extra-conditioned hair from our conditioner, these solid conditioner bars are for us.

Natural Green Tea Conditioner Bar

Green Tea Conditioner Bars Are Like Hair Spa Treatments

  Green Tea Conditioner Bars have many hair and scalp benefits. The natural ingredients in this conditioner bar infuse our hair with natural butters and essential oils. Green tea is also well-known for its ability to prevent hair loss, promote hair growth, fight dandruff, provide essential nutrients to our hair, and soothe our scalp. When we really want to pamper ourselves, we can reach for a green tea conditioner bar.

Natural Lavender Conditioner Bars

Lavender Conditioner Bars Are Relaxing Treats 

  The scent of lavender has long been used to treat a variety of ailments, including anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Lavender is a stress-relieving superhero for our bodies, minds, and spirits. We can pamper ourselves and feel great while deeply conditioning our hair with lavender conditioner bars. When in doubt, we can always reach for a lavender conditioner bar to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.  

How do you use a Conditioner Bar (steps)?

How to use conditioner bars

Step 1: Begin With Clean, Damp Hair

  Conditioner bars, like liquid conditioners, should be applied to clean damp hair. This is one way to ensure that our scalp and hair absorb the maximum hair-strengthening nutrients. We should wet the shampoo bar before applying it to damp hair. It is critical to note that while we want our hair to be damp, we do not want it to be soaked. This is because the water will wash away the conditioner before it can work.

Step 2: Rub the Bar Between Your Hands or Apply Directly to Hair

  There are two approaches we might use when using a conditioner bar. The first way we do this is to rub the conditioner hair bar for around 10 seconds between our hands. This will produce a creamy lather, which we can then rub through our strands as we would a regular conditioner. It is critical to note that since conditioner bars do not contain excess chemicals, they tend not to foam up quite as much as traditional shampoo which is completely normal. It is still working hard to give us amazing hair.

  Another method of using conditioner bars is to apply them straight to our hair. We can take the conditioner bar in one hand and "paint" it onto our strands with the other. Whatever method we use, we should apply our conditioner bar from the mid-length of our hair to the ends, avoiding the roots. If we condition our roots, we might find that our hair looks greasy which is not something we want.

Step 3: Allow the Conditioner to Sit in Our Hair for 2-3 Minutes

  Washing conditioner bars out of hair too soon is a common mistake. We must allow the conditioner to sit in our hair for a few minutes so that the various nutrients within the conditioner can help our hair. We must let the conditioner be absorbed by the hair strands for the nutrients to make our hair smooth, lustrous, and healthy. We should allow the product to sit for two to three minutes in our hair before rinsing to allow the ingredients to absorb into the strands. A helpful way to do so is to sing our favorite pop song as we shower the rest of ourselves. At that point we will be ready to wash the conditioner out of our hair. And singing our favorite song will make our day better.

What we need to know about using and caring for our Conditioner Bar

  If we are using a conditioner bar, we must think about how we will care for our bar, so it lasts as long as possible. We find that all we need to do to keep our bar in pristine shape and get more showers out of it is to keep it free of moisture. When our bar is dry, it will last longer, stay cleaner, and be easier to handle. If the bar is not allowed to dry it will become mushy. This will cause us to use more conditioner than we need. It will also leave a lot of residues on our soap dish and make it more difficult to handle because of its slipperiness. Conditioner bars should be handled the same way as a bar of soap. We can keep our conditioner bars in an attractive soap dish so that it will always be ready when we need to use it.

Tips for caring for Conditioner Bars

  • Allow them to dry completely before placing them in a bamboo or other plastic-free soap dish. If our conditioner bars remain wet, they will stop being useful and become a mess.
  • Don't leave your conditioner bar in a puddle of water. If we leave our conditioner bars in a puddle, we will discover that they have vanished, which is a waste.
  • Keep the bars away from the showerhead to avoid extra shower water. Following on from the previous advice, it is critical to understand that adding more water will not enhance our conditioner bars' lifespan.
  • If our shower bars become soft and stuck to the shelf, we should remove them from the shower. We should then allow them to completely dry before using them again.
  • We can make a DIY leave-in conditioner out of our conditioner scraps to get every use out of them. 

How often do you use Conditioner Bars?

  We may also wonder how often we should apply a conditioner bar. Do we use it only occasionally or as often as we wash our hair? The answer is we should use our conditioner bar every time we shampoo our hair, just like traditional liquid conditioner. The fact that the conditioner is a solid conditioner does not mean we should apply it more or less regularly than we typically would. While a conditioner bar is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional conditioners that come in plastic bottles at its core it is the same product. 

What to do if your Conditioner Bar leaves your hair greasy? 

  Occasionally we will find our hair feels greasy after using a conditioner bar. But if we notice that our hair appears oily, this does not mean that a dry bar conditioner is not for us. The good news is there are several easy-to-resolve reasons a conditioner bar might leave our hair greasy. For example, if we use conditioner on our hair's roots, we may find our hair feels oily. In this case all we need to do is condition our hair from the midway point down to the tips. We also experience greasiness if we apply too much conditioner. If this is the case all we must do is use a bit less. We might also struggle if we leave our conditioner on for too long. 2-3 minutes are all we need. If we don't rinse the conditioner from our hair thoroughly or over-condition our hair, we might also notice that our hair is greasy.