Hair care can be a tricky subject. Everyone's hair is different. Odds are you have gone to great lengths to figure out the perfect combination of shampoo, conditioner, dry-shampoo, leave-in conditioner, frequency of washing, etc. Plus if you have long hair you probably hyperventilate at the thought of using a bar of soap to wash your hair. OR maybe you are one of those super low maintenance types who uses one of those 18-in-one gels.
Despite all of this, I have to tell you about my experience with HiBAR.
I've been using the Moisturize Shampoo and Conditioner bars for almost eight months now. I usually wash my hair once a week, but occasionally more than that, and I use shampoo and conditioner every time. My hair feels healthy, soft, and it's super shiny and voluminous. Full disclosure, I have relatively short hair. So I truly cannot attest that this is the right product for my friends with long luscious locks. But I have to say that I have been pretty impressed by HiBAR.
1. Just some general pros...
It really lathers! You might be skeptical that using a bar shampoo on your hair would be very effective, but I am happy to report that these puppies lather like crazy. I just sort of rub the bar against my scalp in stripes from the crown of my head to the base of my neck and then work in the suds with my fingers. I am telling you that I did not even notice a difference between this shampoo and my liquid shampoo.
Freakin' lonnnnnng-lasting. I am not kidding when I say this. My shampoo bar lasted 23 weeks and at that point by conditioner bar was only halfway through. These are the longest lasting hair products I've ever used.
Subscribe and save! I love a good subscription. I personally don't use the subscription service for HiBAR because the options are only for every 30, 45, or 60 days and I need it to be more like every 150 days... But if you subscribe you save a couple dollars!
Available in select stores. If you're lucky you might be able to buy this product in a real live store. There's a list of all of the places that stock their products here. Plus they just announced that they are going to begin stocking at Whole Foods!
One less liquid. This is a repeat from my post about the Bite Toothpaste Bits, but it matters to me so I'm gonna repeat it. Traveling with liquids can be difficult. Using solid shampoo and conditioner means there's no need to worry about meeting TSA requirements for liquid ounces.
Light-weight and compact. When it comes to packing, every inch and ounce counts. Bulky plastic travel bottles are a thing of the past with HiBAR in your life.
Explode-proof. You will never have to worry about a bottle of shampoo or conditioner exploding all over the inside of your suitcase again.
3. Better for the earth.
Drain safe. One of the most disappointing things I've learned in my pursuit to be better to the earth is that many soaps and haircare products are not "drain safe." How can that be? I feel very deceived by this. Clearly we are using these products in the shower and they are going to go down the drain. So what I'm saying is that with HiBAR you don't have to worry about that. Also they are completely natural, vegan, not tested on animals, gluten-free, and safe to use on colored hair.
No plastic. HiBAR packaging is both recyclable and compostable because even the packages are printed with plant-based dyes.
Are there any cons?
I've only tried the Moisturize Bars and, while they wrk really well for me, they don't work well for my partner, Blake. I intend to order a Maintain Bar for him to try in the near future, at which point I will either update this post, or make a new post about his experience.
It's a different experience than using a liquid shampoo or conditioner... It's not necessarily bad, but just different. It feels a little more laborious, I suppose.
It's kind of on the expensive side? On their website, each bar is currently listed at $13.95 +shipping (it might be different in stores). However, HiBAR markets these products as salon-quality, so if you are used to buying salon quality products it's pretty on-par. But like I mentioned above, these bars lasted so heckin' long, so I personally feel like it's even on-par with plain old store-bought products.
Have you tried HiBAR or another brand of solid haircare? What did you think? Let me know.