A lot of people have been asking me about conditioner bars lately, so I thought I'd put together a blog post to try to answer some of the most common questions. Most of us will be used to synthetic conditioners, and will find switching to a conditioner bar is a completely different experience.
Our handmade Botanical Conditioner Bar is packed full of premium natural ingredients and is suitable for all hair types. It's also vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, SLS and SLES free, and comes with absolutely no plastic.
Do I need to use a conditioner at all?
I've heard it said that if you find the right shampoo bar, you won't need to use a conditioner. That may be true for some people, but if you have dry, damaged or coloured hair, or if you use heat treatments, you might want to add a little bit of extra moisture. It's really all about preference.
Why are conditioner bars different?
To understand this, it helps to understand how synthetic conditioners work. In a nutshell, conditioners typically contain ingredients such as silicones, oils, and emollients, which are designed to coat the hair, giving the impression of smoothness.
Conditioner bars contain natural oils and ingredients like cocoa butter, to condition, detangle and moisturise, without adding a synthetic layer to the hair shaft, so it is going to feel different when it is applied.
How should I use my conditioner bar?
First of all, remember that it is not going to coat your hair with silicone, so it is going to feel different. The idea is to be adding moisture, but not to be totally covering the hair.
1) Wash your hair with a good quality shampoo bar, suited to your hair type (click here to view our range), then rinse thoroughly.
2) Wet the conditioner bar, and then rub it between your hands to get a good amount on your hands. The amount will vary based on how long your hair is, but you don't need anywhere near as much as you might think!
3) Apply it to the lengths and ends of the hair only, by running your hands down through the hair in sections. (You don't need to apply it to your roots as your natural hair oils come from there). Massage it into the hair, remembering that it won't feel like you're used to - we're not trying to coat the hair.
4) Rinse it thoroughly. It shouldn't feel like there's any product left after you're done.
5) Dry and style as normal. I like to wait until my hair has dried naturally before I brush it, as I find it softer and more manageable than when it's wet, but find what works for you.
If your hair still feels sticky or greasy once it's dried, you may have used too much, or not rinsed well enough, so try adjusting these next time.
And that's it. Have you tried a conditioner bar yet? Have these tips helped you? If you've got any questions, or tips to add, get in touch!