Shampoo and conditioner bars are now becoming popular across the globe but exactly how long do they last and are they dramatically more expensive than their bottled equivalent.
As with all these kinds of things the answer is a positive “it depends!”
Sorry to be vague but as you’ll see there are various things that can affect how long the bars will last.
- The length of hair you have
- The type of hair you have
- The condition of your hair
- How often you wash your hair
- The size of bars you buy
- How you look after the bars
So you can see there are many factors that determine the longevity of your chosen product.
The first two reasons are fairly self-explanatory.
The longer your hair the more of the shampoo bar you’ll use but of course this would be true of bottled shampoo as well.
This is exactly the same with #2, essentially the thicker your hair the more shampoo and conditioner you’ll use.
This will not come as any surprise for those blessed with thicker hair.
If your hair is not in the greatest condition for whatever reason you may find that you’ll use more of the product.
Once condition is restored and a hair care routine maintained then use should return to normal.
Obviously, the size of the bar you purchase will determine how long it will last.
The most important thing is to make sure you’re getting value for money – more on that later.
How you look after the bars on a daily basis is equally important to get the most life from your shampoo bars.
How to store shampoo bars in the shower
One of the most important things is not to allow the shampoo and conditioner bars to sit in water.
This will not only start to dissolve the soap away, but you’ll also consume more of the product when you come to use them again.
It’s important to make sure the bars fully dry out before the next use for the same reason outlined about – if you have soggy soap you’ll just use more.
One last tip is to make sure the bars are not getting wet when not in use.
For example, you might share a shower with your partner who might use different products.
During their shower they might get your shampoo bars wet again which would not be ideal.
Keeping the shampoo bars as high as possible, away from water coming from the shower head is essential for maintaining the bars.
Should I use a shampoo and condition bar holder
A shampoo bar holder or dish is ideal to store your products.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a holder is to make sure the water can drain away from the bars.
This will make sure your products dry out when not in use.
There are many shampoo bar dishes out there made from various materials.
Clearly avoid plastic, but metal or wood are good options with bamboo holders being a great sustainable choice.
So, are shampoo and conditioner bars expensive?
The first thing to say is that some manufacturers of shampoo bars claim you don’t need a conditioner at all.
If this is the case, then you’ll most likely be saving a lot by switching from your normal shampoo and conditioner combination.
It’s always worth checking with the supplier to understand how many washes you’ll get.
I’ve seen some bars lasting up to 90 washes!
Compare costs with your usual product and it will be easy to see if they are vastly more expensive.
My guess is it will be about the same if the quality is similar to your normal shampoo or conditioner.
Shampoo and conditioner bars do seem expensive from the outset but if you look after them, they are likely to last a long time equalling or beating your normal bottled products.
Of course, if you do switch to shampoo bars you’ll also be helping the planet which is always worth paying that little bit extra.
Hope this has helped, why not give them a go!