Shampoo bars for looser curls/waves?

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  • 1 Post By seamelody14

I really want to try these, but haven't heard much feedback from those with looser, wavier curls. I am mostly a type 2c, with 2b, 3a, and 3b parts throughout. My hair is dense but fine, and my scalp is on the oilier side. I'm also pretty sure my hair is low porosity. Have any fine haired curlies had luck with shampoo bars? And if so, which ones?
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
No firsthand experience here, but juts thought I'd say my straight-haired roommate uses one from LUSH. I always assumed their products were very natural, but after some poking around online I discovered that all of them contained sulfates! So if you do go this route, be careful, check ingredients, and make sure you aren't falsely lured by a brand's reputation. Best of luck!

3Aish; mid-back when curly, waist length when straight
Shampoo - Shea Moisture
Co-wash - Alberto V05
RO/LI - TNNM, L'Oreal EverSleek
Styler: Left em all at school :"(
Gel: GF Pure Clean, LALSG

I use natural shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley (sulfate free). My hair is 2C/3A and my routine is in my signature. I have to do an acv rinse afterward but my water is really hard. I think I do get a little more volume and my hair definitely gets clean.

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APL 3A
Medium porosity, medium density, medium thickness
Current routine: Daily co-washing with Giovanni conditioner (whatever is on sale), styling with Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier, and 1-2x per week cleansing with a Chagrin Valley shampoo bar followed by an ACV rinse
I use natural shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley (sulfate free). My hair is 2C/3A and my routine is in my signature. I have to do an acv rinse afterward but my water is really hard. I think I do get a little more volume and my hair definitely gets clean.

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Originally Posted by StellarCurls
I really want to try chagrin valley! I have soft water so an acv rinse might not even be necessary. Which CV shampoo bars do you like?
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
I've used natural soap bars since they were the rage on nc.com over 4 years ago. I feel that they've tightened my curl and increased volume. I'm really picky about ingredients. My hair HATED the only CV bar I tired. It was so awful (tangled and frizzy) that I would have never used another bar if it was my first experience. At first, I didn't know if it was shea butter, castor or avocado oil. I eventually discovered that it was the castor oil.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I've used natural soap bars since they were the rage on nc.com over 4 years ago. I feel that they've tightened my curl and increased volume. I'm really picky about ingredients. My hair HATED the only CV bar I tired. It was so awful (tangled and frizzy) that I would have never used another bar if it was my first experience. At first, I didn't know if it was shea butter, castor or avocado oil. I eventually discovered that it was the castor oil.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Looks like I'll have some experimenting to do! I was at whole foods today and picked up a bar of soap there, it's not specifically a shampoo bar but the ingredients look identical to those of the shampoo bars I've been browsing on the Internet. Do you suppose it would work as a shampoo bar? I did already place an order for CV shampoo bars but I only got sample sizes, hopefully they work. Volume and tighter curls are always a plus for me!
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
Kathymack (or others), do you have any specific recommendations for shampoo bars? Thanks!
My hair is 2C/3A, thick, medium texture, low porosity, oddly high elasticity.
I'm always looking for new suggestions, but currently liking Curl Junkie and Kinky Curly.
I've used a few different ones but honestly I haven't noticed a big difference between them.
APL 3A
Medium porosity, medium density, medium thickness
Current routine: Daily co-washing with Giovanni conditioner (whatever is on sale), styling with Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier, and 1-2x per week cleansing with a Chagrin Valley shampoo bar followed by an ACV rinse
I'm still trying to figure out if I like shampoo bars or not. I ordered a whole bunch of CV bars last month. I definitely get more volume and perhaps more curl with them but I seem to be getting more frizz. Also I don't need to use conditioner if I use them as long as I follow the wash with a good ACV rinse. At the moment though, I'm taking a little break from them and have gone back to CO to see if it's just my hair getting more frizzy, the season change, or if its really the bars causing it.
Curl type: 2c/3a F/M ii (2b F underneath - 3a M on top), normal elasticity, low porosity,
Modified CG since July 2011,
Conditioners: Tresumme Naturals for RO and L'Oreal Eversleek for LI
Styler: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Mousse: HETMS, HESMU or Pantene Curl defining mousse
Oils: 50/50 Coconut Oil and EVOO (amazing combo!!)
My Hair Album - Naturally Curly and Straightened
So I went ahead and used the soap bar I got at whole foods today, and here is my experience so far:

First off, it lathers like crazy, making the already inexpensive bar even more economical, which is awesome. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt kind of icky though, like it was coated in soap scum. I almost wanted to start over with low-poo but I had to see the end result, so I followed with conditioner (jessicurl too shea) and a leave in (kckt). I skipped oils and products because I really wanted to see the effect of the soap. Detangling wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't particularly bad either. Too shea isn't much of a detangling conditioner for me anyway, although it is nice and moisturizing. Anyway, I let my hair airdry with no manipulation or anything, and when it was 70% dry, it still felt a little soap-scummy. I went to look in the mirror, and honestly I wasn't expecting it to be good at all given to soap residue feeling. But I was so wrong! Holy curls!!! There's no frizz (my hair always has frizz), and I have some awesome clumpage going on, but I also have AWESOME volume! And my hair seems a lot curlier. It's also really moisturized and my dry ends feel much better. My only complaint, looks wise, is that it's not *quite* as shiny as it could be, which seems to be directly related to the residue. But everything else is perfection. Should I try using ACV to get rid of that feeling and add shine? Next time I'll try sealing with some coconut oil too, but despite the setbacks I have to say I'm REALLY happy with the results. My curls have been so droopy and frizzy lately, and they are BACK! Plus I love the volume, with my fine hair it's so hard to get nice clumps without completely destroying volume.
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2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
It takes hair a while to acclimate to using soap/shampoo bars (only difference is that one is considered "super fatted.) It should feel fine after using your rinse out conditioner.

I have moderately hard water--3 out of 4 when setting up the espresso machine, LOL. If you're still feeling the soap residue after using your rinse out, I'd suggest that you try a different rinse out. (I use really rich products, but felt the Jessicurl made my hair limp and lifeless in a week.) If you have really hard water, you may want to try a final rinse with distilled water (regardless of whether or not you're using soap bars.)

Castor oil is usually what makes a soap bar lather. It's also one of the few ingredients that make my hair frizz and tangle. For anyone considering using natural soap bars for hair, try one without castor oil before making up your mind about them.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Seems like you are on the right track, seamelody14, but I just have to throw in that Kathymack makes and sells her own soap bars that I use to shampoo my hair. They are AMAZING! They smell delicious and they lather as well as any low-poo I've used. I love the Peppermint Tea Tree, and I've also used the Aloe & Calendula version which is nice when I feel like my hair needs more moisture since it's made with shea butter. The link below will take you to Kathymack's Fotki where you can browse for samples and check out all the soap bars too, which are at the bottom of the page

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Southern WI curly ~ mostly 2b/c with 2a/b underlayer and a few 3a curls on top
Low porosity, fine hair but LOTS of it!
Loves protein. Dislikes butters and heavy oils.
Working toward natural products and streamlining!!
Current Loves: JCCC, Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, AG Recoil, CK Coil Jam
Thanks kathymack and curvesncurls! I don't think I have hard water, at least not according to what ph strips told me, but I will try using a richer conditioner for sure. Also, I never knew about the samples/shampoo bars, but that's awesome! I'll definitely check that out!
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
Just wanted to update. I used a shampoo bar again today, and it's going really well! There's far less of that icky feeling, and its starting to get replaced by a really soft feeling. The curl enhancement and volume is really fantastic too, so far this experiment is going great! I did use a different conditioner, but no ACV.
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
I use chagrin valley shampoo bars and they made my curls a lot tighter. That could just be me but the natural route that I was taking gave my hair a lot of new growth and they are much tighter curls than I used to have! I love the chagrin valley shampoo bars but I have to finish with an apple cider vinegar rinse (I have hard water) and I don't know if it's safe to do during pregnancy. (Silly I know but i think its better to be safe than sorry) Another thing is they give you a waxy/oily scalp for about a month while you are transitioning to the bars but once that is over you should love the results!

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