The solid shampoo bar is gaining popularity in Latvia and the rest of the world. Although solid shampoo has become commonplace for us, not everyone is in a hurry to replace their favorite shampoo bottles because hair care, especially for ladies, is not a joke. However, it is a real delight that shampoo bar production in Latvia has flourished, we can count at least 5 manufacturers quickly.
So, let's get on with shampoo bars. The Latvian name may be a bit misleading, ''shampoo soap'' (šampūnziepes) does not contain soap, but it is called that way because of its shape which resembles soap. So in principle, the term is solid shampoo. The whole difference is that the shampoo bar has no or minimal water added. Yes, your shampoo contains water and plenty! Shampoo soaps have gained particular popularity in zero-waste stores, as they are available without packaging or environmentally friendly/recyclable packaging.
Usage slightly differs, some foam better in hands, some gentle massaging in hair, but the principle is the same.
In the first variant, the shampoo bar needs to be foamed in the hands and the foam must be massaged in damp hair, in the second variant, the shampoo bar is gently massaged into damp hair and washed as usual. Most hair shampoos do not require a hair conditioner, but solid hair conditioners are also available if you find it necessary.
So shampoo bar is an easy and convenient way to care for your hair (and especially useful when traveling) as well as being environmentally friendly, as it is not packaged. The key is proper storage between uses, do not keep them in the humidity, but in a container with drainage, and they will last longer. But if it seems that the shampoo bar is not right for you and has already been purchased, pass it on to a family member. And remember regular liquid shampoos are also available in bulk stores that can be filled into empty shampoo bottles.