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How I Do 'Poo. (Shampoo, That Is.)

Full Disclosure: This post is a product review.**
I have a confession to make.

I don't wash my hair all that often.

No, really. I don't.

About six months ago, I read an article about going "No 'Poo," and thought that I'd give it a shot. Fewer chemicals than traditional shampoo, cheaper... I was all for it.

If you don't have the time to read the article, I'll give ya the Cliff Notes version of the "No 'Poo" plan:

Basically, instead of washing your hair with shampoo, you use a water and baking soda mixture in your (wet) hair, scrub, rinse, and then rinse with a vinegar solution.

I really wanted it to work.

But after about three days of "No 'Poo," I just couldn't take the grease anymore. I had to go back to my (well, Trevor's) regular old shampoo. And then I tried it again... and three days later was back to shampoo again.

So I started alternating days- on day one I'd shampoo, day two just a rinse with water, day three the baking soda mixture, and then back to shampoo. It was working... but wasn't ideal.

How I Do 'Poo (Shampoo, that is!)-- My experience with an all natural shampoo bar- what I loved, what I didn't, and why I'd buy it again! |

Enter Shack on the Rock.

I contacted Shack on the Rock about a bar shampoo- one with less chemicals than shampoo, and more soap than, well, baking soda. 

Like I've shared before, I really like buying products from real live people (rather than giant corporations) as much as possible. And Shack on the Rock is real live people.

Well, and these ladies:

Shack on the Rock specializes in goat's milk soaps, primarily, but they made an exception and tried their hands (and udders) at making some bar shampoo for me to try out.

The first thing I noticed about the soap was the scent- such a nice, clean, vibrant fragrance! I couldn't wait to try it!

But my Trevor showered first, and used my new shampoo (without permission, I might add) before I did. His opinion?

"My beard isn't tangled. Feels nice."

And there you have it.

Then it was my turn.

I was very impressed with how much the soap lathered up- I wasn't expecting so many bubbles! I just wet my hair and rubbed the soap right on top, and then scrubbed around a bit. My hair felt very clean afterwards, and I liked the lingering smell. And, a bonus, my hair dried pretty quickly, too.

After about a week using the bar of shampoo, I noticed that I was getting a little bit of a waxy feeling on my hair. I did a little research, and found out that a waxy feeling is usually associated with having hard water (which, yep, we have). They suggested using a little vinegar rinse to balance it out.

I used the vinegar rinse and kept up with the bar of shampoo for another week, no troubles. But by the end of week two, I felt pretty greasy (sort of like I did after 3 days of the baking soda stuff), and I gave in and shampooed with liquid shampoo again.

So- my final remarks?

Fewer chemicals
How I Do 'Poo (Shampoo, that is!)-- My experience with an all natural shampoo bar- what I loved, what I didn't, and why I'd buy it again! |

Supporting a real person
Great smell
Not very much packaging
Would be great for travel (no exploding shampoo bottles!)
Takes longer to get all greasy than with baking soda

Waxy feeling with hard water
Eventually, hair got greasy

The consensus? 

How I Do 'Poo (Shampoo, that is!)-- My experience with an all natural shampoo bar- what I loved, what I didn't, and why I'd buy it again! |

I am really glad I found this shampoo bar. While I still am not going full on "No Shampoo," and I am still using 'real' shampoo about once every two weeks or so, I'm still greatly reducing the amount of chemicals I'm using on my body by using this shampoo bar the majority of the time.

Overall, a great experiment, and a great product!!

Not ready to try out bar shampoo? 

Try any of Shack on the Rock's other great products! The goat milk soaps are of great quality-- I've already got the Lavender soap and the Spearmint soap on my Christmas lists! (Hint, hint.)

**Product Reviews? This is a personal blog, and as such, I don't receive any monetary compensation for product reviews. All of  my reviews represent the opinion of the author of the blog-- me-- based on my own personal use and results. I may have received a free or discounted product to try out and review, but my opinions don't change because of any discount or complimentary product. I only review products that I would (or have) purchase(d) for my home or my family, and all opinions are mine (and/or my husband's).


  1. Hmmm....sounds interesting. I'm not sure if I could give up my shampoo, but I might try some of their other products. I only shampoo my hair about 3 times a week right now anyways. Thanks for the review.

    1. I was a major shampooer. Like, every day, sometimes twice a day. It was ridiculous. I'm so pleased with how much I've been able to reduce the shampoo I use (even though, I'll admit, I was pretty nervous at first!)

  2. This sounds amazing! I love handmade product and I've been curious about shampoo bars for awhile now.

    1. I'd recommend it! It takes a little getting used to at first- the feeling of your hair when you rinse can be a little weird, but it comes out so clean and fresh and smelling so good!

  3. I haven't tried this method. I recently tried the conditioner wash type products. I have such thick hair that washing once a week is doable for me. I have tried goat milk based soaps before and really enjoy them. I appreciate your take on these products. Stacie xo

  4. My hair is really dry so I don't have to was it all that often. I have some friends who went No Poo and their hair got greasy for a little bit but then went to normal. I don't think I could handle the in-between time, though!

    1. Yeah, that was my problem, too- that transition time!

  5. I've never heard of a shampoo bar! What an awesome idea. It's a bummer your hair still got greasy, but once every two weeks? Not bad!
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

    1. I really think that I'm just not giving my hair enough time to transition- I'm too impatient!

      I seriously love this stuff, though!

  6. This is the first time I have ever heard of this, but I am definitely intrigued!

  7. I love shampoo bars! I use shampoo and conditioner bars from an etsy shop that are amazing. I've been using them for over a year and I haven't had to use the regular stuff at all since I started using them. My hair is a little bit past my waist and really thick, so it is doable!

    1. Yeah, I think if we had softer water, or maybe if I was just a teensy bit more patient and let my hair adjust, I wouldn't use regular shampoo at all, either! Working on that! =)

  8. I think I can smell it from here! Love the idea.

    1. For a second, I thought you wrote, "I think I can smell YOU from here!" Too funny.

      But really- best smell ever. Makes walking into the bathroom super nice- it's so pleasant! =)

  9. I have been wanting to try a bar shampoo. I love that it has a clean smell so I would give it a try.

    Michelle F.

  10. Interesting! I never really thought about chemicals that could be in shampoo. I suppose if the bar shampoo is working for you and your don't feel like you are giving up a "clean" feeling it's worth it!