How to Use a Shampoo Bar

How to Use a Shampoo Bar

So, you purchased your new shampoo Vida Bars. It arrived in the mail, and you're beyond thrilled to receive it. You've made the first step to reducing your carbon footprint. You unpackage your fragrant, smooth new bar and admire its beauty. You're ready for luscious, healthy curls. Now what?


Don't worry! We've got the 4-1-1 on how to use a shampoo bar, plus some helpful pro tips!

How to Use a Shampoo Bar

We understand that using a shampoo bar is a new, unique experience. But, once you try it, you'll be hooked.

Here are six steps for using a shampoo bar:

  1. Wet Your Hair. Not in a wimpy 20 second way. Make sure to saturate your hair for at least a minute or two. Curly hair is more dense, meaning it takes longer to saturate than non-textured hair. Your hair won't fully absorb shampoo or conditioner if you don't correctly soften it with water. Separate the layers to soak them all.
  2. Lather Until Sudsy. Warm-up your bar by putting it under the running water and lather it in your hands until it gets sudsy.
  3. Apply Directly to Scalp. That's right, you can apply your shampoo bar directly to your scalp/wet hair. Remember that a little goes a long way!
  4. Work It In. Massage the lather into your hair with your fingers. If your curls tangle easily, work the lather in a gentle back and forth motion rather than a circular motion.
  5. Massage Scalp. Don't be afraid to take your time on this step. Cleansing your scalp is essential. It doesn't need to squeak, but it does need stimulation.
  6. Rinse. This step is pretty self-explanatory, but make sure it's thorough.

Now that you have the instructions on how to use a shampoo bar, you're on your way to becoming part of the Curlfriend Crew. After a good cleansing of the hair via a shampoo bar, you can condition with a conditioner bar. After all, curls need moisture!

How to Use a Conditioner Bar

Moisture is essential to keep your curls looking healthy. Using a conditioner bar is a lot like using a shampoo bar. You'll grow used to it in no time.

Here are four steps for using a conditioner bar:

  1. Warm It Up. Warm up your conditioner bar by running it under warm water and rubbing it between your hands.
  2. Apply It Generously. Apply the conditioner to the length of your hair. It's best to do this in sections to coat every strand. Curls look and feel their best after receiving proper conditioning.
  3. Leave It. After you've coated all sections of hair in conditioner, leave it to marinate for three to five minutes.
  4. Rinse. Once again, this step is self-explanatory but important! It can often be helpful to rinse the conditioner out of your hair with colder water, so crank that faucet! If you leave a little bit of conditioner in your hair, it's not a bad thing. That means your curls will be extra hydrated before you style them.

Once you get the hang of each of these washing and conditioning steps, they'll become second nature. Your curls will thank you!


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Recommendations for How to Use a Shampoo Bar

When you open that new Vida Bars package, you'll notice that one of your bars is bigger than the other. That's our conditioner bar.

Curlfriends need lots of conditioner to achieve healthy waves, curls, or coils. So we provide you with more conditioner than shampoo.

As we included in our "how to use a shampoo bar" steps, you should use the shampoo to cleanse your scalp and start the hair follicle. And as we included in our "how to use a conditioner bar" steps, the conditioner should extend the length of your hair. So this is another reason you'll need more of it!

An excellent tip to extend the life of your bars is to let them dry out between washes. Take them out of the shower if needed. We want to preserve as much of that Vida Bars goodness as possible! You waste product if the bars are constantly saturated or softened.

We also recommend you use your bars within a year of purchase. While Vida Bars contain a preservative, ingredients begin to lose their properties. As properties decline, so does efficacy. We want your bars to remain and perform in tip-top shape!

Lastly, some customers get concerned that hard water might prevent their shampoo or conditioner bar from working correctly. But, never fear! Vida Bars are actual shampoo, just in solid form. If you've had issues with bars before, they were likely saponified oils. These oils mean they were soap, labeled as shampoo. We test our bars throughout the United States, even by people who have well water! They have results with no buildup or waxy feel - just clean and conditioned hair.

Try Vida Bars!

Now that you see how easy it is to use shampoo and conditioner bars, it's time to try Vida Bars. Our entire process - from sourcing to packaging - is environmentally friendly. And our products are specifically for curly hair, ranging from lightweight to moisturizing and nutrient rich to protein free formulas, made with all naturally derived ingredients. Give Vida Bars a try!

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