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Shampoo Bars: 7 Myths and Facts

June 22, 2022 3 min read


There was a time when a large percentage of beauty products came in bottles, leading to thousands upon thousands of plastic waste ending up in landfills, causing environmental pollution. In recent times, we have become more aware of the dangers our consumption habits are posing to the environment, leading to more eco-friendly products and processes. One of those products is the shampoo bar, and its popularity and advantage over liquid shampoo is growing steadily.

But because they are relatively new and most people are just getting to know about them, there are lots of misconceptions and myths surrounding shampoo bars. If you’ve been unsure whether to try our shampoo bars due to some things you’ve heard or read, in this article we’ll point out some popular myths and give you the facts so you can make an informed decision.

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Shampoo Bars Feel Like Bricks and They Don’t Lather

This is totally understandable, but it’s not true. If you’ve bought a natural shampoo bar you don’t have to worry, you’ll have a smooth experience with it. Because our fermented rice water shampoo bars contain natural ingredients, you just have to wet the bar first and rub it between your lathers to get the lather going, keep adding water as you go. Using a shampoo bar feels slightly different from using liquid shampoo, but it’s very easy to get the hang of it. Another pro tip is to use the foaming net provided to get that rich, foamy lather.

Shampoo Bars Are The Same As Soap

Shampoo bars and soap are not the same thing, they’re completely different, even though they might look the same. Soap has a pH balance that makes it more acidic than shampoo.

Shampoo Bars Are Expensive

The misconception here is making shampoo bars for soap bars just because they look the same. And then expecting their price to be the same just because they look the same. Shampoo bars are specifically put together to wash here, so they have a composition that is different from that of soap. Furthermore, people equate 1 shampoo bar to 1 shampoo bottle where in fact 1 shampoo bar could be equal to 3 bottles. Shampoo bars are more cost-effective in the long run.

I Have to Rinse My Hair With Apple Cider Vinegar 

The only reason why you’ll have to do an apple cider vinegar rinse after washing your hair is because of its lower pH compared to soap. Washing your hair with soap leaves your cuticles open and your hair shaft vulnerable because of its high pH. The lower pH of apple cider vinegar helps close the hair cuticles down. You don’t have to worry about this because you won’t be washing your hair with soap. Yao Secret’s shampoo bars are formulated with authentic red Yao fermented rice water. All you need is one wash and your hair will be left soft, clean, and shiny. 

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Switching Means There's a Transition Phase

Most shampoo bars have no, or minimal chemicals compared to their liquid counterparts. Our Fermented Rice Water Shampoo barhas no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, soap, or synthetic fragrance. It might take your hair some time to get used to not interacting with these chemicals, it might overproduce natural oils that might leave your hair greasy for a while before your hair adjusts to your new shampoo bar. But you don’t have to worry, our Fermented Rice Water Shampoo bar doesn’t involve any transition phase, so you can switch without any dramatic change to your hair. The only transition you might have to go through can come from being so used to using a liquid shampoo that it seems difficult to switch to something new. Change can be scary, and so is trying something new, but all you have to do is take a leap of faith and you’ll discover there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Shampoo Bars Are Difficult to Store

This myth grows out of the fact that they are not stored in bottles, and since the bathroom is a wet place how can you efficiently keep your shampoo bar? Shampoo bars are easy to store, all you have to do is be intentional about how you keep them. All you have to do is get a tray to keep your bar in when not in use and you’re good. It's as simple as that.

My Liquid Shampoo Uses Recyclable Packaging

Some liquid shampoo brands, in an attempt to appeal to an eco-friendly customer base, use bottles made from recycled materials. Even though this is better than being completely oblivious to the dangers of plastic, going completely plastic-free is the best way to do what’s right by our planet. Yao Secret’s Fermented Rice Water Shampoo is 100% made of natural materials. The packaging and the ingredients in our shampoo bar are completely plastic-free

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