How to Use a Conditioner Bar

Hi, I’m B.O.B, and I’m here to help you understand how to use a conditioner bar. 

Who am I to talk?

I’m the first waterless and plastic-free beauty company in Brazil. And I’ve brought my vegan, cruelty-free beauty bars made from natural (many Amazonian!) ingredients here to the US for you to try and love. 

So, when it comes to how to use a conditioner bar, I think I can give you a tip or two about it. :) 

Maybe you’re here because someone gifted you a solid conditioner bar (congratulations!), or maybe because you’re trying to make the change to zero-waste or clean beauty products. 

You might also be feeling a bit skeptical right about now. 

Can natural conditioner bars really work as well as the hard-hitting chemicals from big-name beauty brands

YOU BET THEY CAN. 

In fact, when you make the change to natural, zero-waste products, your hair will thank you. Think healthy curls, touchably soft, smooth, shiny hair, and frizz-free styling, all with natural products. (And I KNOW the planet will thank you. With the help of customers just like you I, B.O.B, have eradicated over 15 MILLION plastic bottles in just 2 years.)

I want you - and your lovely locks - to be a part of this plastic-free revolution.

But what exactly is a conditioner bar, and more importantly, how do you use a conditioner bar properly? 

Sit back, relax, and get ready to learn all about how to use a conditioner bar for the betterment of your hair and your earthly home. 

What is a conditioner bar? 

Hand holding 2 pieces of Bars Over Bottles Conditioner Bars

A conditioner bar is a block of concentrated hair conditioner without any of the water. Because water isn’t included in the product, there is also no need for artificial preservatives, or plastic packaging. Instead, it uses natural ingredients and essential oils to moisturize and fortify your hair - while leaving a subtle, natural scent behind.

That means my solid conditioner bars are natural, paraben, and sulfate-free. But they’re also completely ZERO-WASTE products. In fact, my bars even come in recycled, biodegradable paper packaging, so there isn’t a piece of plastic in sight. 

Because there is no water in conditioner bars, you can easily take them wherever you go. Bring them to the gym for a post-workout shower, or pack them safely in a carry-on for your next holiday vacation (no spillable liquids here!).

So now that you’re interested and in-the-know, it’s time to learn how to use a conditioner bar.

How to use a conditioner bar in 10 simple steps 

While it may take a moment to get the hang of a new hair-washing philosophy, I promise you’ll know how to use conditioner bars like a pro in no time. 

1. Choose the best conditioner bar for your hair type

Before I teach you how to use a conditioner bar, I want to share how to pick the right one. I have spent hours upon hours making and testing all different ingredients to make sure I have the perfect conditioner bar for you in my collection, no matter your hair type. 

Conditioner bars are all about moisture, so think about it like this:

There’s no wrong choice. Once you know how to use a conditioner bar, you’re sure to achieve the shiny, luscious locks you’ve been craving. Your hair may have different needs as the seasons change, or it may transition from dry to balanced after using natural conditioner bars for some time. 

Let’s hop in the shower!

2. Wet your hair 

Before you learn exactly how to use a conditioner bar, it’s important to wet down your hair. 

That’s right, wetting your hair with warm water should be step #1 of just about any shower routine - but especially when using my conditioner bars. 

Why?

Warm water helps loosen up excess oils and open up your hair cuticles, which makes it easier for your hair to absorb product. Without a wet foundation, you might not be getting your hair all that clean.

Depending on how thick or dense your hair is, it might take longer than you think to fully wet it down. I recommend letting the water flow over your head for at least a minute while running your fingers through your hair to make sure it is thoroughly soaked. 

3. Use a shampoo bar to clean your hair

If you don’t know how to use a shampoo bar, I have tips for you there, too. 

Conditioner bars work best when paired with shampoo bars. They don’t need to be the same scent or the exact same type. But the fact that they are both natural and “no-poo” will help your hair retain some of its healthy oils and natural properties.

Once you’ve gotten a good lather, make sure you rinse your hair completely clean.

4. Wet and lather your conditioner bar 

Now, it’s time to learn to use a conditioner bar! To use solid conditioner properly, you first need to wet it down. My bars can’t work their magic if they are dry-brushed over your hair. They need to be wet to ensure you get an even and ample coating of my lucious, natural ingredients all over your hair. 

Once your conditioner bar (and hair!) are sufficiently wet, you can begin to play with the product. How to use a conditioner bar is this: you rub it like a genie. 

Okay, you don’t need to rub it THAT vigorously. 

Rubbing your conditioner bar between your hands in just small circular motions will create a delightfully moisturizing paste in just 10-15 seconds. Just don’t expect a bubbly lather - my bars are sulfate-free after all!

Now, you are ready for application.

5. Apply your conditioner bar 

There are two camps when it comes to applying my shampoo and conditioner bars.

You can opt to:

A. Run your solid conditioner-lathered hands through the length of your hair, beginning at ear level 

or

B. Run the conditioner bar over your hair directly

Both are correct. Or perhaps you even want to do a mix of the two. Just choose what feels best for you and your hair. 

Unless you have very dry hair, it’s best not to use your conditioner bar right by your scalp. I recommend starting at about your ear level and working the product downwards to the tips, paying extra attention to the ends of your hair. 

If using the bar directly, you can use the palm of your opposite hand for support and rub the bar through your hair in gentle circular motions. If you have curly or thick hair, you may want to section or twist your hair while working the product in to make sure you reach all of it. 

6. Detangle your hair

The product in your conditioner bar will begin to work right away. Once you’re happy with the amount in your hair, set down your bar and use your fingers to massage the product through your hair. 

Then use your fingers or a wide toothed comb (whatever you’re most comfortable with) to gently detangle your hair as needed. 

Remember that your hair is much more fragile when it’s wet. Work through any knots or tangled areas with extra care. 

7. Let the product sit

If you want to know how to use a conditioner bar most effectively, I recommend letting the product sit for 2 to 3 minutes after detangling your hair. 

This gives the ingredients even more time to soak in, ensuring your hair becomes smooth and silky. 

While you’re letting your conditioner soak, you can shave your legs, use your favorite body scrub, sing a few songs, or just enjoy the spa-like quiet. This is your self-care time - soak it up! Just don´t forget to turn off the shower if you aren’t using the water, the Planet will thank you.

After that, you’ll be ready for the next step.

8. Rinse your hair out

This step is short and sweet.

Using your fingers to help, rinse your hair thoroughly to ensure all the product is out of your hair.

9. Go for round two

If you decide to go with the Curl Definer & Leave-In Conditioner, you can use it twice! 

To use your beauty bar as a leave-in conditioner, you will first dry your hair gently with a towel to remove excess moisture. Then, wet the bar, rub it in your hands until it creates a creamy texture, and use your fingers to apply it up and down the length of your hair. Voila!

10.  Store your bar on a dry surface

You may think you’ve already learned how to use a conditioner bar, but if you want to get the most out of your product, this is one of the most important steps. 

It’s crucial to store your conditioner bar on a dry surface.

If you place it on a wet/humid bathroom shelf, or store it in a soap dish without air circulation, it can cause problems. That is, it will sit in water, begin to lose shape, and get stuck to the surface it’s sitting on - which means you will lose product.

I recommend resting your conditioner bars on a soap tray or dish with holes or a ribbed bottom to help your bar dry out on all sides. You can also rest the bar on a natural sponge to help it dry more easily. 

Between knowing how to properly store and properly use a conditioner bar, you will see your product last much longer. 

Speaking of, just how long does a conditioner bar last, you ask? 

It depends on your hair type and length - and how much conditioner you prefer to use. I find that my bars can last anywhere from 2 to 6 months. Seriously!

Just think of all the plastic bottles you’ll save if you switch to solid products!

How to use conditioner bars and shampoo bars together 

Bars Over Bottles conditioner bar and shampoo bar placed on someone's arched back

Whether you want your most naturally beautiful hair, are searching for chemical-free products, want more ways to reduce plastic, or are using the curly girl method, you’ll love my solid shampoo bars and conditioner bars for all hair types. My natural, clean beauty bars are low-poo and preservative-free, so you don’t need to worry about any harsh chemicals drying out your hair.

And, lucky for you, you can mix and match them as you see fit, or buy them in convenient beauty bar bundles. No matter the season, you can find the right-fit products to make your hair absolutely SING. 

And that’s what my conditioner bars are all about. 

Helping the best of your natural beauty shine through while doing my bit to help the planet too. 

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