I've been using solid shampoo since December 2017 and now I will never go back. It's already such a great feeling knowing I have prevented several plastic bottles going to landfill. Sometimes we think that our small actions will not make enough difference, but, collectively they will.
Here's the sum I go by: Let's say you know 50 people and they are all going to stop using bottled shampoo for the rest of their lives. Give or take some difference in their ages, it's going to add up to roughly 360 bottles per person which makes at least 18,000 bottles - and that's not counting conditioner. So if all those people then know others who might be willing to give up bottled shampoo, the ripple effect continues and fewer bottles end up in landfill. Hooray.
Another huge advantage of using natural solid shampoo bars is that you eliminate the use of some harsh detergents and chemical additives (such as sodium lauryl sulphate and 1,4 dioxane etc.) which are well-reported to be particularly bad for you and are found in so many personal care products. And yet another good reason to switch is that many of the big brands test on animals, which we're not very fond of at Eco Passion.
But, what's it really like?
Is it as good as bottled shampoo or expensive brands you may struggle to part with? In my opinion, I'd say it's just different and so an adjustment needs to be made in your expectations and also how you may manage your hair as a result. It also, of course, depends quite a lot on your hair type.
My hair is long and typically tends to have greasy roots and dry ends. I tried a few different brands including Bio Nature which you can buy from Carrefour, but at Eco Passion we have settled on shampoo bars that are handmade in London and are 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals. They come in a variety of types which suit a variety of hair types - you can read the descriptions for more information.
There is a bit of a knack to using them as well.
Before I switched I read a few articles on how to get the best results so I will share my learnings here:
- First of all, make sure your hair is very thoroughly wet through
- Then take the shampoo bar and wet it like a normal soap
- Then rub the shampoo block around the edges of your hairline and, for long hair, divide your hair down the centre or in three sections and rub onto scalp
- From here you can pop the shampoo down and get your fingers to work on your scalp and give yourself a nice massage while generating a good lather. I sometimes add a bit of extra water at this point
- This method produces a surprising amount of lather so you can use less or more shampoo according to your preference
- Do make sure you rinse thoroughly with plenty of water
- Hair will feel squeaky clean once you have rinsed all the lather off
What about conditioner you ask?
Well, I am yet to implement a complete solution myself as I am still experimenting with options as well as using up some from bottles and sprays I had lying around. I have read about homemade bicarb and apple cider vinegar remedies that work as a rinse and provide extra softness so I will update this post or write another one when I have settled on a good solution! The people who make our solid shampoo bars also make conditioner bars so look out for our eco shampoo product updates.
If you have any suggestions, tips or experience with solid shampoos, conditioners or plastic-free alternatives then please comment below. And to buy our solid shampoos, you can find them here.