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After a long day, there’s nothing quite like hopping in the shower to unwind and wash off the day. You likely have your go-to hair care system that you simply can’t live without, but the latest beauty trend may inspire you to switch things up. We’re talking about shampoo bars. Wondering what exactly a shampoo bar is and how to use one in your routine? Keep reading for everything you need to know about the latest hair care product craze.
A shampoo bar is just what you’re imagining—shampoo in bar form. Just like a bar of soap can be used to wash your body, a shampoo bar can be used to wash your hair! This is a great option for those who are looking to limit how much waste they create as there’s no packaging involved. Shampoo bars come in a variety of colors, scents, and formulas (just like any other shampoo) in order to give you your desired results. Basically, if you think you’d like to try using a shampoo bar, there’s something for everyone!
You know what a shampoo bar is, now, it’s time to break down how to use one. Grab a shampoo bar of your own and follow the steps below to use it.
Of course, prior to washing your hair, you’ll want to get your hair wet. So, jump in the shower and soak up some H2O!
Once you’re ready to wash your hair, it’s time to grab your shampoo bar and lather up. Simply take the bar in between your hands and rub as you would a soap bar in order to build up some suds.
When you’ve lathered up the perfect amount of suds to cleanse your hair, get to washing! Apply the suds and massage them throughout your mane as you would normally wash your hair. Rinse when you’re done and follow up with the rest of your hair care routine.
Before completing your routine, you’ll want to put away your shampoo bar. While your standard shampoo may be fine left out in the open, a shampoo bar should be stowed away after cleansing, because it doesn’t have the same built-in, protective packaging. Buy a small container—a travel soap container will work—to store your shampoo bar in when you’re not using it.
Wondering how to complete your hair care routine post-shampoo bar? Take notes from our step-by-step tutorial below.
Of course, after you’ve shampooed your hair, you’ll want to reach for a conditioner. Some shampoo bars have a built-in conditioner, but if you want to give your ends a little extra moisture, a separate product may be your best bet.
Editor’s tip: Dealing with dry or damaged hair? Instead of reaching for a regular old conditioner, consider deep conditioning your mane. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, or the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner.
Once you’ve washed your hair, it’s time to dry it and prep for styling. Whether you decide to air dry or blow-dry your hair is totally up to you. If you want to air dry your hair, consider using the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to define your hair’s natural texture as it dries. If you want to blow-dry your hair, don’t forget to spritz your strands with a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Finish your hair routine by styling your mane! Pick a hairstyle that best suits the occasion—whether that’s a ponytail for the gym or stunning curls for a holiday party. Need some inspiration? If you’re looking for a workout ‘do, head over to our article, The Best Ponytail for Your Face Shape. Prefer to let your hair down? Check out How to Create Voluminous Curls on Any Hair Type.
Now that you know how to add a shampoo bar to your hair care routine, you’re free to move on to researching new hair color ideas. After all, a trendy hair care product calls for an on-trend hair color! Head over to our article, The Best Hair Color Trends for 2019, for the latest and greatest.