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Shampoo Bar VS Soap: What's the Difference?


Shampoo Bar vs Soap: What's the Difference?

Anyone who has ever tried washing their hair with regular soap, quickly finds out that this is a big no-no…. Just don’t do it! If you use regular bar soap (designed for the body) to wash your hair, you’ll probably regret it. It strips the hair like nobody's business and you end up with what feels like a pile of straw on your head. Shampoo bars and soap bars are both solid cleansing products, but there are some key differences between the two.  

Shampoo bars are specifically designed to cleanse hair, while soap is designed to cleanse the body. All Shampoo bars are not created equal, however.  High quality shampoo bars are specially formulated with mild surfactants, such as Sodium Coco-Sulfate or Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, which helps to remove dirt and oil from the hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Soap, on the other hand, is typically made with a harsh surfactant, such as sodium hydroxide, which can be drying and irritating to the hair.

Shampoo bars are also more concentrated than soap, meaning that they last longer. A single shampoo bar can typically last for months, while a bar of soap will only last for weeks.

Shampoo bars are often more environmentally friendly  than soap. They are typically packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes, while soap is often packaged in plastic. Additionally, shampoo bars produce less waste than soap, as they do not require water to be used in the cleansing process.

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Shampoo Bars can be used on the body, But Soap Shouldn’t be used in the Hair

While you can use a shampoo bar to wash your body, the reverse is not true. Ultimately, the best way to decide which type of cleansing product is right for you is to experiment and see what works best for your hair type.