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Just getting started? Here’s how we use a Shampoo Bar

The simplest way to use a shampoo bar is to wet your hair first, then swipe your shampoo bar over your scalp a couple of times. Return your shampoo bar straight back to your Block Dock, limiting the bar’s contact with water spray. Then massage the shampoo into your hair as you normally would and rinse out.

Really, it’s easier and faster than using a bottle. Plus, you can’t spill a bar!

Some shampoo bar users prefer to rub the bar in their hands, making a good lather and then work this through their hair. This method also works. Depending on your hair type it may lead to a result you prefer. It’s easy to try both ways and see which works best for your hair.

Rubbing the bar directly over your head will use likely less product per shampoo, especially if your storage is a Block Dock.

If your hair is very long or thick, you may need to use more product and perhaps run the bar the length of your hair, but for most people a quick rub over the top of your head is enough. With massage you will create plenty of lather. You may need to adjust your technique on the basis of your choice of shampoo bar as they can vary in performance. Like most of life, there can be some trial and error involved in finding your personal sweet spot.

To ensure your shampoo bar lasts as long as possible you will want to make sure it stays out of direct water spray as much as possible and never sits in a puddle. You will want storage that allows it to drain quickly and dry fast. A dry shampoo bar or soap is going to be easier to handle, which improves your user experience considerably. Limiting moisture will make your bar last longer.

Leaving your shampoo bar lying down in a flat soap dish, saucer or similar will mean that one large surface can’t help but stay moist where there is no airflow or absorption.

When it comes time to use your bar, more product will be dispersed during friction when a bar is soft or soggy on the surface.

Because shampoo bars are concentrated products made without water, you only need a small amount for each use. When the shampoo is activated by the water already on your hair when its wet, you should get lather enough for your locks - depending on your choice of bar. They are not all made the same and some are better for one hair type than another. You really won’t know until you try for yourself.

What all shampoo bars for hair have in common is that they all save plastic bottles from reaching our waste streams and waterways. Even if it takes a few tries to find your perfect bar and technique, it’s definitely going to be worth it!

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Block Dock User Reviews

205 reviews
Back to basics with this great product

Making the change back to soap bars is made super easy and stylish with these. I bought one and loved it so much I bought 4 more. They are now in each bathroom and I have one for soap and another for shampoo bars in the showers. They look great and the teal adds a splash of colour in my neutral bathroom. Love these, use these, buy these! Gave one to my brother visiting from Canada, so maybe he'll spread the word there too!

Work nicely

Brilliant simple but well thought out design - so nice not having mushy bars anymore! They haven’t budged from where I originally stuck them, and clean up easily. I got the stainless steel ones and they have a quality feel to them. I will definitely be getting more

So Clever

These are great little things - I bought 2 for myself a few months ago and have now got another one as a gift for a friend.
Such a good way of cutting down on plastics. It's working well in my household and every little bit helps!

Love them

I bought this set to kit out my house and gave a couple to my sister as a gift. They’ve been just great at home, functional and stylish. No more plastic bottles for me!!!
My sister just told me her house sitter was asking about them too!

Love it!

What a cool wee gadget! Looks good, holds my soap well, wish I'd heard of it sooner! Thank you