06-14-2018, 12:19 PM
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I too tend to have dry (but not scaling or flaking) scalp, and bars seem to work better for me than liquid shampoos in this respect.  The bars seem expensive, especially ones like Mike's that don't last very long, but I haven't done an actual cost comparison with liquids.

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 06-14-2018, 02:15 PM
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(06-14-2018, 12:19 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I too tend to have dry (but not scaling or flaking) scalp, and bars seem to work better for me than liquid shampoos in this respect.  The bars seem expensive, especially ones like Mike's that don't last very long, but I haven't done an actual cost comparison with liquids.

I've been wondering about the longevity of shampoo bars.

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 06-14-2018, 09:14 PM
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(06-14-2018, 02:15 PM)Hardrock Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 12:19 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I too tend to have dry (but not scaling or flaking) scalp, and bars seem to work better for me than liquid shampoos in this respect.  The bars seem expensive, especially ones like Mike's that don't last very long, but I haven't done an actual cost comparison with liquids.

I've been wondering about the longevity of shampoo bars.


I've been using a bar from Chagrin Valley for my daily showers since March and it's down to a 1/4" slice.  So 3 months...ish.
To be fair, the Chagrin Valley bars are the largest bars I've yet tried.  Mike's bars and Mystic Waters typically last just over a month for me.

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 06-16-2018, 07:28 AM
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(06-14-2018, 10:14 AM)Goatywoaty Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 08:23 AM)zipper Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 06:51 AM)Goatywoaty Wrote: Wow lots of info thanks chaps. I seem to have a dry scalp (and get dandruff as a result) so something that helps that would be good, i'll have to be selective in what I buy!

Me too.....Dermatologist told me(20+ years ago)use coal tar shampoo. I buy Equate (Walmart brand) same % as the more expensive Over The Counter brands.

Does it work for you?

We can't buy coal tar products in the UK, bloody EU Regulations Sad  

Wright's Coal Tar Soap used to be a lovely British soap, now it's just coal tar fragrance only.
Yes, I use it two or three times a week.
Why are they banned ?

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 06-16-2018, 12:00 PM
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Mike's and Mystic Water shampoo bars are great. I used to use QCS for years before they folded.

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 06-17-2018, 12:27 AM
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(06-14-2018, 02:15 PM)Hardrock Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 12:19 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I too tend to have dry (but not scaling or flaking) scalp, and bars seem to work better for me than liquid shampoos in this respect.  The bars seem expensive, especially ones like Mike's that don't last very long, but I haven't done an actual cost comparison with liquids.

I've been wondering about the longevity of shampoo bars.

For me they last at least as long as a bottle of shampoo, but I got really, really short hair Wink

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 06-17-2018, 06:14 AM
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Yup. Started using Stirling Barbershop about 6 months ago.  Lathers very quickly and is moderately priced.

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 06-17-2018, 04:21 PM
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(06-16-2018, 07:28 AM)zipper Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 10:14 AM)Goatywoaty Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 08:23 AM)zipper Wrote: Me too.....Dermatologist told me(20+ years ago)use coal tar shampoo. I buy Equate (Walmart brand) same % as the more expensive Over The Counter brands.

Does it work for you?

We can't buy coal tar products in the UK, bloody EU Regulations Sad  

Wright's Coal Tar Soap used to be a lovely British soap, now it's just coal tar fragrance only.
Yes, I use it two or three times a week.
Why are they banned ?

Coal tar is an effective treatment for psoriasis and eczema, but it contains several carcinogenic compounds.  

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 06-18-2018, 07:12 PM
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Most have a pH that strips the natural oils from hair. Natural surfactant liquid cleansers are generally better.

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 06-18-2018, 09:56 PM
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(06-18-2018, 07:12 PM)fisherc Wrote: Most have a pH that strips the natural oils from hair. Natural surfactant liquid cleansers are generally better.

pH has nothing to do with removing oil.  Liquid shampoos use SLS and other detergents which are far more efficient at stripping oils than soap (an emulsifier) ever will.

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 06-19-2018, 04:01 AM
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A surfactant detergent pretty much means sodium laurel sulfate.  It is considered hazardous by the 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).  Although it is an effective detergent, it does cause skin and eye irritation and was one of the ingredients that really flared up my dandruff and eczema.  If you have sensitive skin or dandruff, then avoiding harsher soaps made primarily with detergents, palm, or coconut oil would be a solid bet.

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