Skipping Stone Shampoo Bars Review + My All Natural Haircare Routine

I’ve been using using these shampoo soap bars from Skipping Stone since December, so more than four months now. If you want to know about all the benefits of shampoo soaps bars and the other 100% natural brand options out there, check out The Ultimate Guide to Shampoo Bars by Jacalyn Beales.

I’m about to finish my third bar, and I’ve just ordered more from Skipping Stone. Each bar seems to last over a month, if you use it at least three times a week and also as a body soap like I do. I’d like try different brands down to line, but right now, I’m sticking to what works.

What encouraged me to switch to the bars is how convenient it is—it’s supposed to be a shampoo, conditioner, and body wash all in one. That sounded great for traveling. And it is, sort of. If the soap sits in water, it melts, which is why I have this soap dish from Umbra. The dish is not something I want to take when I travel, so you’d have to be careful where you store the soap. I took half a bar with me once on a trip, and it did melt down a bit because I’d left it lying around after the showers.

When I first switched to bar soap, my hair went kind of went crazy. The scalp was greasier while my hair became drier. I kept at it though, and now I like my hair better than ever. Jacalyn had a similar experience: “It’s like your hair goes through this weird adjustment period where it doesn’t have a clue what to do with itself.” If you’re discouraged by the experience at first, I’d recommend finishing at least one bar to see if your hair will get used to it.

What I like about using the soap shampoo is that it doesn’t strip all the natural oils from my scalp, so ultimately, it was better for me. Traditional shampoos can make your hair feel really clean, but your scalp might go in overdrive to make more oil than necessary. After adjusting to the bars, my hair and scalp feels more balanced. Some people swear by the “No Poo” method to rebalance their hair, but that’s definitely not for me, so shampoo bars might be a good compromise if you feel the same.

After about a month of using this, I found that my ends were really dry, so I did add conditioner back into my routine (Jacalyn does also). I use John Masters Organics Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner on the ends only. I’ve noticed my hair has become a little more wavy and textured since I started to using it. It’s also more matte, like beach hair.

Once a week, I do use a natural liquid shampoo as a clarifying shampoo, John Masters Organics Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo. I don’t know if it’s soap residue or grease buildup that makes the hair heavy at a certain point, but I find that using the liquid shampoo eliminates that problem. Using a liquid shampoo all the time would strip too much of my natural oils, so I like this combination of soap and liquid—it’s a fine balance.

To recap: shampoo bars are great, but you might need to use a conditioner and a “clarifying” shampoo once a week. It make bring out the natural texture of your hair like it did for mine.

I tried Skipping Stone’s “Lemonade Stand” and “Starry Night.” Both worked well and smelled good. I’ve reordered both, plus the unscented shampoo bar I haven’t tried. They are for all hair types, though “Starry Night” is especially good for oily hair.

Do you use shampoo bars? Let me know in the comments below.

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