A journey from bottle to bar



I honestly didn’t even know shampoo bars existed until I visited my son and his girlfriend (Imogen) in Edinburgh and they were using them. The idea of the 3 in 1 travel soap was really appealing as we spend about 10 weeks a year travelling in our campervan.

Imogen stocks Friendly products in her shop and recommended them so I did my first order with them in August. I was beyond excited when my order arrived. But I can honestly say my first week did not go well! I live in Hull which is a hard water area and my hair felt disgusting. It was waxy and felt itchy and I could not get a comb through my hair. It was literally full of knots and felt like straw. This wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for! I then read a lot about shampoo bars and realised that it could take a while to adjust. An initial rookie error was thinking I had too much soap on and used less but actually you do need to get a good lather so more is better or the soap residue stays in your hair and is impossible to rinse. You definitely do need to rinse a lot and I finished with a cold water rinse which helped a little bit. During the first week, I just washed my hair every day and left it to dry and then tied it up. It was pointless even pretending it looked or felt ok!

The second week I did the baking soda rinse using this before I used the bar and could tell there was an improvement with the amount of lather I got though my hair was still really knotty when first washed. I continued with this every time I washed my hair. It was still waxy and felt like it had the product on (ironically making it easier to style and it looked better than it felt).

The third week I could tell I was making slow progress but it was tempting to give up as we were going to a family wedding. My hair still felt like I had the product on but didn’t look too bad. It was whilst I was back in Edinburgh and using the shampoo bar that I realised how much difference the water made. My hair lathered really well and rinsed easily and I could get a comb through it ! By the fourth week, my hair had adjusted to the shampoo bar and the hard water. I don’t use the baking soda now at all. My hair feels soft and silky. I have just bought the conditioner bar and am looking forward to seeing how that feels too. I’m really happy I stuck with it. It was a bit of a painful process but it was absolutely worth it I wouldn’t go back to shampoo in a bottle now and I am recommending Friendly Soap to everyone I know!

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