Just before finishing up the last bit of plastic bottle shampoo and conditioner I’d been using, I set out to find a zero waste shampoo option that would work for my thick, sort-of curly hair. In the end, I settled on J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo* (honestly, it was mostly because I liked the SHAMPOO font). I’ve been using it for about a month and a half now. Here are my thoughts:
The pros of J.R. Liggett’s
- Zero waste packaging! The packaging is simple: “100% post consumer recycled paper… 100% bio-degradable”. Toss the simple paper wrapper into your compost pile and you’re all set to go!
- All natural ingredients. I have to admit I’m not the biggest worrier about chemicals (I go zero waste/minimal over all-natural/organic for better or worse), but it is nice to know I’m not flushing anything super toxic down the drain while using J.R. Liggett’s. There are eight ingredients and I recognize all of them. Win!
- J.R. Liggett = lather. Is there anything worse than using a non-lathering soap? I know it’s not 100% necessary for soap to lather in order to get a good clean, but it does feel like the product is doing something.
- Washes out easily & doesn’t feel squeaky clean. Whenever I used the Dr. Bronner’s shampoo bar, it left my hair feeling more stripped than clean. With the J.R. Liggett’s shampoo bar, I feel like my hair is just clean without feeling overly dry. Occasionally I’ll finish off with a rinse of 1 part ACV to 1 part cold water.
The cons of J.R. Liggett’s
- The greasiness factor. If you’ve never used an alternative to regular shampoo/conditioner – be prepared. You will definitely see your hair get dirtier noticeably faster with a shampoo bar, so expect to whip out some fancy hair styles or wash more frequently. With J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo my hair stays non-greasy for about 2 days. (For reference, my hair stays looking clean for about 4-5 days with regular shampoo/conditioner.) Most hair does eventually get out of the transition period and end up feel up cleaning longer.
- Washing hair takes longer. It takes a lot of effort and thoroughness in order to really work the shampoo bar into your hair. I was kind of lazy the first few times I used the bar and my hair definitely didn’t get all the way clean. Definitely not optimal for a super quick shower.
- Doesn’t last as long as traditional shampoos. Maybe this is simply a function of having ridiculously thick hair, but I feel like I go through a bar of the soap really, really quickly. While not a huge deal, this may mean the bar soap is less cost-effective than
Final verdict? Love it! Would definitely recommend/re-buy!
What do you think? Would you make the switch over to bar shampoo? If you have already, let me know what kind you use and how you like it!