When we first decided to go plastic free one of the things I was most nervous about was a shampoo alternative. I knew that such things as solid shampoo bars existed but the last I’d heard they weren’t really a great option.
Now, I’ve always thought of myself as quite low maintenance. Over the course of my life I’ve gone through periods of feeling guilty that I just don’t care about making sure my nails are perfect or that I hadn’t had my hair cut in the past year – everything that society tells me girls do – but one thing I really do hate is greasy hair. I have very fine silky hair and as soon as my hair starts to go greasy it looks truly horrific and makes me incredibly self-conscious.
Needless to say that finding a shampoo bar or some kind of plastic free substitute has been really important to me in this journey. Enter LUSH and their huge range of bathroom products. There are many people condemning them for not being perfect but from where I’m sat I commend them that they’re pushing the boundaries of minimal packaging (or no packaging at all), zero tolerance of animal testing and using as many natural products as possible. For me, this is good enough at the moment.
They have a surprising amount of options for solid shampoo and I really didn’t know which one to choose but eventually settled on ‘Jason and the Argon Oil’. Why, I don’t know – it just sounded cool I guess. Go and check their site out though and you’ll see the huge range.
Into the nitty gritty though
Going in with an open mind, I rotated the bar in my hands, soaping up and found that the thick creamy soap froth it produced was delightful and unexpected. I didn’t need to rub it onto my hair itself. Getting out however, my hair felt lank, greasy and heavy – as though it might have product still in it. This was confirmed when it took twice as long to dry my hair and it had lost that silky smooth feeling. By the end of the day my hair felt horrible again and full of grease – so I was not a happy lady.
Remembering that other reviews had mentioned a build up of product I wondered whether I’d simply got a bit over excited with all the wonderful lathering soapiness and used too much on my hair. Persevering (this little bar did cost £6.50) I used less and less over the next two weeks – determined to see if I was right. Coupling this with increasing the time spent massaging the soap out at not only the roots but through to the ends, too, my hair has seen a marked improvement.
If I’ve not spent enough time washing the soap out I know immediately as my hair takes a lot longer to dry but over all I’m happy with this bar now I’ve figured it out. This is a bit of a relief seeing as it costs a pretty penny! Now I’m near the end of it (using it since January), I feel more confident in their claim that it gives up to 80 washes, making that cost more worth it.
It’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t leave this in the shower. I made this mistake on the first wash to get in the shower the next day to find a pink scum over the metalwork, where the water had run over the soap and washing it away to cover the shower wall and floor. I now keep it in a little bowl on the shelf by the shower so it’s easy enough to remember to pick it up and put it back to dry.
I’m now on to a bar by Wild + Sage, and shall let you know how this goes as soon as I can.
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