06-03-2017, 12:28 PM
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Redken Men's Bar. For hair and body. I haven't tried the latest formula but the original that smelled like their shampoo, fantastic.

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 06-03-2017, 02:52 PM
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I make my own.  Plenty of cocoa and mango butter make it nice and hard.  Olive oil is nice, but gets scummy without a soap dish.  I then superfat mine with jojoba and argan oils.  The result is fantastic

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 10-14-2017, 10:38 PM
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(04-25-2017, 12:02 PM)Baylorgator Wrote: Not sure what the problem is with regular shampoo that would make me want to switch.  That's just me.

During a visit to WSP (forum sponsor), I was given a sample of a shampoo bar. It lathered as easily or easier than a pump bottle, the performance was very good, and I didn't miss the conditioner. I think that some buyers like when their products are all-natural like the artisan shampoo bars.

Ultimately though, my hair didn't seem significantly better, especially for the increased price. The little < 1oz sample bar lasted only a week which I would extrapolate to using an $8 bar every month or less. I'll stick to the $8 giant bottles at Sam's Club or Costco. Nothing against the product at all, just a value thing.

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 10-14-2017, 11:01 PM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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(05-31-2017, 08:55 AM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote: Any shampoo (solid or liquid) that uses Sodium Lauryl-sulfate (SLS or derivatives) should be avoided.
Most soaps are alkaline (7+ pH) in nature which causes some minerals to bond with the hair (slightly acidic), so a rinse with diluted apple-cider-vinegar (30/70-50/50) is recommended to dissolve residual salts/minerals and return the hair to a slightly acidic (<7 pH) state.
I've been using Mike's Natural shampoo bars (perpetually out-of-stock) with an apple-cider-vinegar 50/50 rinse for the past year and my hair/scalp has never been better.  I've got crazy-hard-water so I use more vinegar.
Mike's is currently (again) out of stock and I'm on my last bar so I've ordered a load of shampoo bars from Mystic Waters to try out until I can get another order in with Mike's.
As others have pointed out, shampoo bars are highly concentrated so one bar can last for months of daily use.  They're also ideal for travel (not counted as gel/liquid, and no leakage).

After using the Mystic Waters shampoo bars for the past few months and compared with the Mike's I think I prefer the Mystic Waters overall.
The MW shampoo bars just seem to leave my hair just a little softer.  I just wish the bars were bigger.

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 10-20-2017, 10:26 AM
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Anyone have any experience with Dr. Harris or PAA shampoo bars?

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 10-27-2017, 06:18 PM
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I have really hard water, it leaves orange deposits sometimes and I use apple cider vinigar 4 to 1 ratio in 1 cup and put it in a spray bottle and spray away then rinse. I like the control  better. Leaves my hair shiny and soft.

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 07-11-2018, 12:51 PM
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(11-29-2015, 08:24 AM)Pfirnett Wrote: Another advantage to shampoo bars is when traveling, you can toss them in your carry on an not get hassled when going through security. Plus I don't much care for most hotel shampoo and conditioners.

I've only tried Taconic (I think that's the name) liked the performance, but it did not last as long as I would have liked. I plan to try JR Liggetts Based on this thread.

I have been using the Liggett's for quite a while. No issues. Always clean hair. Never has gone bad or off smelling from my end.

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 07-11-2018, 01:38 PM
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Yeah I know what you mean.  A lot of shampoo bars are very similar to hand soaps.  If you can manage to get one with a lot of cocoa, mango, coconut oils in it then it won't gum up the hair.

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 10-20-2018, 05:10 AM
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I really wanted to like shampoo bars for many reasons. Tried the JR Liggett but it just does not work for me. Outside of the scalp build-up if used on a daily basis (you can literally feel your scalp/ roots of the hair getting 'gummy'). I refuse to use ACV though, so it might just be me - One less complication in getting my hair wash.

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 10-20-2018, 06:57 AM
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  • DannyZ
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Wet Shaving Products Tobacco.  It leaves my hair clean and soft.  The scent is a fresh green field.  I like it and so does my wife.  I've been using it almost every day for a month and I've used about half of it.  I do tend to use a lot of shampoo.

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 10-20-2018, 10:22 PM
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Actually ordered a couple of shampoo bars from Stirling via a Canadian vendor. Never tired one before. Will see how it goes.

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 11-18-2018, 06:08 PM
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  • Sevenbark
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I have been using a Stirling bar. Love it, seems to be pretty moisturizing for the hair. that can be a problem when my beginner comb over approaches cut time. When I do a quick sink shampoo if I shower before bed it does a great job at beard prep.

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 11-19-2018, 08:33 PM
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I use an Ayurvedic bar, from Auromere, feels good. Sometimes use regular conditioner, and a separate bar for body at present M&L Florida Water.

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 12-01-2018, 03:34 PM
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  • Deuce
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  • Cave Creek
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Wow, didn’t know Florida Water had a soap. Their AS is nice in warm weather. My go to shampoo bar is from Mystic Waters. I also use their body soaps. First class service for a first class product.

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 03-03-2019, 12:20 PM
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(10-20-2018, 05:10 AM)gmtshave Wrote: I really wanted to like shampoo bars for many reasons. Tried the JR Liggett but it just does not work for me. Outside of the scalp build-up if used on a daily basis (you can literally feel your scalp/ roots of the hair getting 'gummy'). I refuse to use ACV though, so it might just be me - One less complication in getting my hair wash.
Liggett's was the one I tried when I was researching making my own. I hated it, it left my hair very dry and straw-like.  Using the apple cider vinegar rinse is not a hassle if you keep a plastic bottle of it in the shower along with a plastic measuring cup to mix it.  If you have very short hair, there's nothing wrong with omitting that step but longer hair appreciates it.  Incidentally, I first learned about vinegar/lemon juice rinses from my Depression-era grandmother when I was a teenager.  Before modern detergent based shampoos were invented, it was just what people did.

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 07-12-2019, 11:33 AM
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(06-03-2017, 09:30 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(05-31-2017, 05:11 PM)Shannon Wrote:
(05-31-2017, 08:55 AM).Mr_Smartepants Wrote: Any shampoo (solid or liquid) that uses Sodium Lauryl-sulfate (SLS or derivatives) should be avoided.
Amen. SLS irritates my skin badly. No more bottles in my shower... I use a shampoo bar daily.

There is a lot of false narrative circulating on the Internet about SLS.  Most of it should be dismissed.

One part of the narrative is true, however:  that SLS is a skin irritant.  In fact, SLS is the standard skin irritant, against which other substances that have an irritating effect are compared.  SLS is the equivalent of 7 on the pH scale; any substance that irritates human skin more than SLS is definitionally an irritant; one that irritates less than SLS is considered relatively benign.  

That said, SLS is one of the most widely used detergents in the world, found in a very wide spectrum of applications, from toothpaste to industrial floor cleaners.  It requires some effort to find a toothpaste that does not contain SLS, and considering the sensitivity of the membranes inside one’s mouth, SLS must be dilute to avoid irritation there.  Because of its widespread use, SLS has been intensively and extensively studied, and universally has been found to be non-toxic and “safe,” in the conventional sense.

Each one of us has his or her own level of sensitivity to skin irritants, but if a product that contains SLS does not irritate your skin, then there is no reason to avoid using it; it is, after all, an excellent detergent.
Nice write up. I used a sample bar from Stirlings Soap and it made me think of switching over to Bars. More cost efficient, took up less room in the shower, and lasted a long time. Not only that, I can choose the scents from the Artisans I love. Bonus !

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