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Poo Bars--- What's the Deal?

cassadie3cassadie3 Posts: 506Registered Users
Been wondering about these things so I'm hoping y'all can give me a run down on them...

Do they remove product build up / are they clarifying?

Are they moisturizing?

Do you use them every time you wash or just every so often?

Why a poo bar vs. a low poo/no poo 'poo?

Do you agree that "Poo Bar" is the cutest name for a product ever?

Anything else I should know about these things?
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  • EllyEllyOxenFreeEllyEllyOxenFree Posts: 6,446Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Do they remove product build up / are they clarifying? They are supposed to cleanse hair. I believe both of mine talk about cleansing/clarifying in their descriptions.

    Are they moisturizing? Yah!

    Do you use them every time you wash or just every so often? Once a week

    Why a poo bar vs. a low poo/no poo 'poo? I think the only difference is the low/no poos are liquid shampoos or conditioning cleansers...

    Do you agree that "Poo Bar" is the cutest name for a product ever? Hmm...let me go check my cabinet and get back to you on that.

    Anything else I should know about these things? I read that they don't work as well if you have hard water in your area, so you'll have to do an ACV rinse to get the proper pH balance back in your hair...when I first used my AfroVeda one, I lathered twice and my hair was FUZZY! When I used it once the next week, it was fine.
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  • blessedhimeblessedhime Posts: 1,458Registered Users
    Shampoo bars are wonderful. I use them every week instead of liquid shampoo. Firstly, shampoo bars are very cost effective as they last a long time.

    They don't really remove product buildup. A clarifying shampoo or baking soda & water are needed for that. Shampoo bars clean the scalp and remove dirt from the hair strands as well.

    I would not say that they are really moisturizing, however, that depends on the bar. There are some Chagrin Valley shampoo / soap bars that are more moisturizing than others.

    I use them every week to wash my hair and scalp. The two bars that I use are Afroveda's Carrot and Rice Shampoo Bar and Chagrin Valley Ayurvedic Shampoo Bar.


    Why a poo bar vs. a low poo/no poo 'poo?
    It depends on the individual. My preference is to use a shampoo bar because I've been so accustomed to shampooing my hair every week. Also, my scalp tends to itch alot if I go a week without washing it. Thus, for me a shampoo bar works as it does not dry out my scalp or strip my hair. Other persons may be able to use no-poo or low poos very well.

    LOL! I agree that Poo Bar is a cute name for it.

    Also, before using a shampoo bar you should probably do an overnight oiling or hot oil treatment before, in the event that the poo bar cleanses extremely well. Also, with some shampoo bars, you may have to do an ACV rinse after. I've never had to, but you may. It depends on how hard your water is and the effect of the poo bar on your hair.

    I hope this helps. :toothy9:
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  • NubianCoilsNubianCoils Posts: 2,149Registered Users
    Do they remove product build up / are they clarifying?
    Because they don't contain SLS or harsh ingredients, I wouldn't use them to clarify if I were using silicones or such. But everything I put in my hair is natural and I don't use silicones so I don't have a problem.

    Are they moisturizing?
    Yes. At least the ones I use. I use Chagrin Valley poo bars. I have tried shampoos, including ones with no SLS and they all dry my hair out way too much and leave it tangly. I don't use anything else but poo bars for shampooing. I've been using them for over 7 months.

    Do you use them every time you wash or just every so often?
    I wash my hair every Saturday and I use them every other week.

    Why a poo bar vs. a low poo/no poo 'poo?
    Poo bars do make my scalp feel cleaner than just co washing. But they don't dry me out. I still don't want to use them for every single wash cause my hair is very prone to dryness. Every other week works fine.

    Do you agree that "Poo Bar" is the cutest name for a product ever?
    I do!:smurfin:

    Anything else I should know about these things?
    When I first started using a poo bar, it felt "residuey" for lack of a better word, on my scalp and hair. But after a couple of washes it felt fine. I read somewhere that it takes your hair a couple of washes to get used to it. I don't remember why. If I do a really long time without using the poo bar (I went almost 2 months during the coldest part of this winter), it's like you start over and my first poo wash, my hair felt weird again. But with the second wash, it was fine.
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  • lajoliefillelajoliefille Posts: 350Registered Users
    Not all poo bars remove product build up. And, yes I find poo bars to be very moisturizing. I notice that my hair feels silkier and smoother when after shampooing with a poo bar. I shampoo everytime I wash, which is once a week, but I don't always use poo bars. I use poo bars because I have a very dry scalp that gets very dirty because I only wash once a week. So low poo/ no poo just isn't enough for me. Poo bars are right in the middle for me: gentle enough for my dry scalp but cleansing enough to get rid of oils and product that builds up throughout the week. I'm addicted to poo bars! They smell so good and decorate my bathroom very nicely. I suggest you give Chagrin Valley a gander they have a great variety of poo bars, regular wash bars, and other stuff! HTH
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  • curlyhersheygirlcurlyhersheygirl Posts: 475Registered Users
    I haven't tried a low poo but I have been using poo bars for about six months and I love them.
    Some are more moisturizing than others as previously stated.

    I wash my hair twice a week (about every 4 days ) alternating between cv carrot milk and honey ( which is very moisturizing imo) and cv ayurvedic bar. These keep my scalp and hair clean yet not stripped.

    I don't use cones so I don't need a clarifier. If you do you will need to use shampoo I think.

    I also agree that "poo bar " is a cute name.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Well, I have a dissenting view about poo bars. First if you have highly pourous hair, poo bars are not your friends, at least they weren't for me. Made my hair super dry. Every single one that I tried left my hair a tangled mess. I found out that it's the high PH balance of the bars. In order to close the cuticle, shampoos should have a low PH of 3-3.5. That's why you need to do an acid rinse after using a poo bar. Not so much to remove residue but to balance your hair PH.

    Everybody's hair is different so you can buy sample bars to see if they work for you. As for me, poo bars are a no no.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Well, I have a dissenting view about poo bars. First if you have highly pourous hair, poo bars are not your friends, at least they weren't for me. Made my hair super dry. Every single one that I tried left my hair a tangled mess. I found out that it's the high PH balance of the bars. In order to close the cuticle, shampoos should have a low PH of 3-3.5. That's why you need to do an acid rinse after using a poo bar. Not so much to remove residue but to balance your hair PH.

    Everybody's hair is different so you can buy sample bars to see if they work for you. As for me, poo bars are a no no.

    Thanks for the review. I have a feeling this will happen to me after my Dr. Bonners experience but I'll give my samples a try.
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  • cassadie3cassadie3 Posts: 506Registered Users
    interesting...whats a good way to figure out the porosity of your hair?
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    cassadie3 wrote: »
    interesting...whats a good way to figure out the porosity of your hair?
    Hair Porosity Test
    In order to test your hair’s porosity, you will need only a bowl of water.
    Healthy hair should float because it has a sealed cuticle and therefore does not absorb water.
    Excessively porous hair has open cuticle which will soak up water and sink. If this happens during your test, your hair needs a deep conditioning treatment in a salon.
    Most important essentials for treatments and products are those with protein and moisture.
    Protein is necessary to fill the holes in porous hair as well as to strengthen it while moisture is necessary to improve shine and manageability.
  • cassadie3cassadie3 Posts: 506Registered Users
    thanks! looks like I have low/no porosity...I think I want to give these things a try! I mean---the PJ in me has gotta know one way or another. Any recs on the CV line for a moisturizing bar?
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  • blessedhimeblessedhime Posts: 1,458Registered Users
    The moisturizing CV shampoo bars I'd recommend are:

    Olive Babassu
    Coconut Milk
    Babassu & Marshmallow

    The soap bars are cleansing and also moisturizing. You could try the:
    Chocolate Almond
    Cucumber Lime Yogurt
    Honey Butter
    Olive & Shea

    Above all, I'd recommend the Ayurvedic Herb Shampoo Bar. That bar is AWESOME! Truly AWESOME! I may be a bit biased because I love all ayurvedic products but this shampoo bar truly works wonders. Trust me!
    There are samples so you could purchase them before buying a full bar. HTH!
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  • cassadie3cassadie3 Posts: 506Registered Users
    this is all very helpful! thanks so much! I decided to go for a sample of the CV Coconut Milk Bar...
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  • cassadie3cassadie3 Posts: 506Registered Users
    annnnd I got the Coconut Poo bar, used it for the first time this weekend and LOVED IT!!!

    thanks for the advice ladies!!!
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  • ShellyeShellye Posts: 74Registered Users
    I like Chagrin Valley, but I don't think their shampoo bars are anything special. Their soap is a different story...

    I've actually tried quite a few shampoo bars and I don't think any of them are that different. Especially if you use conditioner after washing. I like Godrej Shikakai the most, but I switch it up with JR Liggetts, Grandpa's Wonder Pine Tar Soap, or Chagrin Valley. I say the cheaper the better.

    However, I STRONGLY suggest avoiding Burt Bee's Rosemary Mint shampoo bar. After I was done washing, it felt like someone squirted school glue all in my hair - not fun.
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  • Talisa3636Talisa3636 Posts: 310Registered Users
    cassadie3 wrote: »
    Been wondering about these things so I'm hoping y'all can give me a run down on them...

    Do they remove product build up / are they clarifying?

    Are they moisturizing?

    Do you use them every time you wash or just every so often?

    Why a poo bar vs. a low poo/no poo 'poo?

    Do you agree that "Poo Bar" is the cutest name for a product ever?

    Anything else I should know about these things?

    So far my favourite shampoo bars (NEW! and Karma Komba) have been by Lush Cosmetics. The other I tried were African Black soap as a poo bar and the KBB shampoo bar.

    The LUSH bars do remove produce buildup and helps not dry out my hair before conditioning and I use it when ever I feel like I need to clease (once a week or so). I like to use them to low poo since I can rub it directly on my scalp and the bar lasts longer than regular shampoos and are easy to transport when traveling anywhere. Just place them in a container after use so that they wont melt by water splashing on them
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  • cassadie3cassadie3 Posts: 506Registered Users
    I think there was some discussion on this thread about porosity and I just wanted to pass along this article on BGLH by JC of The Natural Haven about porosity that I think has some really interesting findings:

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  • lashon20lashon20 Posts: 1,150Registered Users
    I love Chagrin Valley Coconut Milk, Ayurvedic Herb, and Olive Babassu Shampoo bars. I plan on ordering the full size Coconut Milk bar soon. Right now I just have the Ayurvedic and Olive Babassu. I also like Apple Valley Natural Soap Coconut Milk & Honey Poo bar.
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  • blackmagicroseblackmagicrose Posts: 160Registered Users
    Well, I have a dissenting view about poo bars. First if you have highly pourous hair, poo bars are not your friends, at least they weren't for me. Made my hair super dry. Every single one that I tried left my hair a tangled mess. I found out that it's the high PH balance of the bars. In order to close the cuticle, shampoos should have a low PH of 3-3.5. That's why you need to do an acid rinse after using a poo bar. Not so much to remove residue but to balance your hair PH.

    Everybody's hair is different so you can buy sample bars to see if they work for you. As for me, poo bars are a no no.

    Ditto for me. I actually got pretty mad that poo bars didn't work for me. Left my hair majorly dry and tangled. Don't think I'll ever use one again.

    Oh, and I hate acv rinses so that's another strike against them. Glad that work for some many of you though.
  • blueberry2118blueberry2118 Posts: 145Registered Users
    I wonder can you use a sulfates free soap as a poo bar. It has no harsh chemicals in it.
  • helloyellowbirdhelloyellowbird Banned Posts: 1,632Banned Users
    I hate poo bars, they make my hair all matted.
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  • sobecurlsobecurl Posts: 313Registered Users
    I pretty much only use poo bars. I either use African black soap or Anita Grant's babassu amla poo bar. On rare occasions I use a clarifying shampoo, but that is usually after using a product that didn't work for my hair or if I plan on using [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink].

    I've never had a problem with them and my hair feels less stripped when I use them. I can't do co-washing since my scalp gets really itchy, so poo bars are my staple. More recently, I have been rinsing with Dr. Bronner's shikakai conditioning rinse after I wash to return my hair to an acidic pH and not have any porosity issues. This combination has been working very well for me as it leaves my hair feeling very smooth after using the poo bars.
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