The Green Kiss Partners With The High-End Hippie

After trying countless solid shampoo bars and being ... underwhelmed, we weren't sure we'd find one we could proudly sell. But then, while puttering around at a Fairmont Willow Stream Spa one day, we were introduced to The High-End Hippie's line of clean, high-performance shampoo and conditioner bars. To us, this Canadian shampoo bar performed just like liquid shampoo (a rich, frothy lather that left our hair soft, smooth, and shiny with no chalky residue). When we learned their ingredients list aligned with our strict buying guidelines, we were tickled pink! Bonus: Like us, they're also female-owned and operated and make their bars in small batches with lots of love. To date, they are the only shampoo bar brand we carry, and our customer feedback continues to wow. We've whipped up this guide to all things The High-End Hippie so you can find the right match for your hair type and pamper your hair while protecting the environment, one wash at a time.

The Benefits of a Shampoo Bar over Liquid Shampoo

Shampoo Bars are Plastic-Free and Eco-Friendly

Most liquid shampoo comes in a plastic bottle, and because plastic is a synthetic polymer made from fossil fuels, it takes hundreds of years to decompose. (The beauty industry produces a ginormous amount of rigid plastic annually - see what we're doing to reduce our impact). A single shampoo bar can save several plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill. The High-End Hippie shampoo bars come in minimal, recyclable packaging - always a solid choice for the environment and are 100% eco-friendly, non-toxic, and plastic-free. 

Shampoo Bars use a Concentrated Formula

One of the standout benefits of shampoo bars is their concentrated formula, which packs a rich punch. Unlike liquid shampoo, which contains up to 80% water, shampoo bars are crammed with active ingredients (ours are free from harmful chemicals like parabens and sulphates, of course). This means a little goes a long way, giving you more bang for your buck. A single bar can last anywhere from 80 to 100 washes, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.

Shampoo Bars are a Travel-Friendly Convenience

Have you ever started your holiday by rinsing your entire toiletries bag in the hotel sink? We have, and it's no bueno. For our frequent flyers, shampoo bars offer unmatched convenience. Since they are solid, you don't have to worry about liquid restrictions at airports, and there’s no risk of spillage in your suitcase. They’re compact and lightweight, making them an excellent travel companion for trips of any length. GK ProTip: Headed to the lake? The ingredients in The High-End Hippie shampoo and conditioner bars are clean enough to wash your hair in the lake without disturbing the ecosystem. We've done it, and it feels great!

Effortless, evolved, and easy to use - shampoo and conditioner bars have become increasingly popular with eco-conscious consumers. They travel easily, are plastic-free, offer the same rich lather you'd get from a liquid shampoo, and last longer than liquid shampoos and conditioners

Find The Best Shampoo Bar for Your Hair Type

The Best Shampoo Bar for Inflammatory/Sensitive Scalp Conditions, Normal/Dry Hair

If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or a dry, itchy scalp, try The High-End Hippie Soothe Shampoo Bar. It relieves inflammatory and itchy scalp conditions with the calming botanical infusion of rose & marshmallow root, while colloidal oatmeal is gentle and soothing on even the most sensitive of scalps. This is also our pick for those with especially parched locks that crave non-toxic hydration. Follow with the Soothe Conditioner Bar for the best treatment for inflamed and sensitive scalps. Not sure? Try the mini Soothe shampoo bar and the mini Soothe conditioner bar. 

The Best Shampoo Bar for Fine or Thin Hair

The High-End Hippie Awaken Shampoo Bar revives the senses and stimulates circulation with the invigorating aroma of rosemary and peppermint oil. The botanical infusion of lavender promotes circulation to the scalp for fuller, thicker-looking hair. Hydrolyzed quinoa protein and pro-vitamin B5 add shine, body, and bounce. Follow with the Awaken Conditioner Bar for the ultimate treatment for fine, thin hair. Not sure? Try the mini Awaken shampoo bar and the mini Awaken conditioner bar.

The Best Shampoo Bar for Thick, Curly, Frizz, Normal, and Dry/Damaged Hair

Repair dry and damaged hair with The High-End Hippie Restore Shampoo Bar. Moroccan clay and milky oats help remineralize and condition the hair, while pro-vitamin B5 adds shine, body and bounce. This is our go-to bar for our clients with curls or frizz, whose hair craves moisture and definition. These bars help define curls, reduce frizz, and maintain your hair's born bounce without stripping your natural oils. Follow with the Restore Conditioner Bar for our favourite treatment for dry, damaged, thick, curly hair. Not sure? Try the mini Restore shampoo bar and the mini Restore conditioner bar.

The Best Shampoo Bar for Blonde, Gray Hair, Dandruff, Build Up, and Normal/Oily Hair

The High-End Hippie Clarify Shampoo Bar removes product build-up and leaves brassiness behind. The detoxifying and toning properties of activated charcoal, combined with the natural lightening abilities of chamomile, keep blondes and grays looking vibrant and soft. While pro-vitamin B5 adds shine, body and bounce. This bar performs like a conventional clarifying shampoo to remove excess oils, product residue, and other impurities that can clog hair follicles and hinder growth. However, unlike conventional clarifying shampoos, it can be used daily thanks to a gentle surfactant that keeps the pH balanced and avoids accidental colour removal. Follow with the Clarify Conditioner Bar to complete your hair care ritual. Not sure? Try the mini Clarify shampoo bar and the mini Clarify conditioner barGK ProTip: If you have oily hair or like to go a few days between washes, double cleanse for maximum lather on the second wash.  

The Best Shampoo Bar for Men, or Short Hair

The High-End Hippie Active Bar 3-in-1 is a shampoo, body wash and shave bar for those who want high-performance, versatile grooming products that are easy to use. The invigorating aroma of peppermint and eucalyptus will leave you feeling energized and fresh from head to toe. Help balance sebum production and combat oiliness with the powerful properties of basil. While coconut and calendula act as an emollient to help reduce post-shave irritation. The 3-in-1 can be used on the face, head, underarms, legs, bikini area - anywhere! Game changer! Not sure? Try the mini Active 3-in-1 bar

Start by thoroughly soaking your hair and the shampoo bar.

How to Use Shampoo and Conditioner Bars for Professional Results

Lather Up

Start by thoroughly soaking your hair and the shampoo bar. Rub the bar between your hands to create a rich lather - you'll be surprised at the frothy, foamy decadence these shampoo bars whip up 🫧. Alternatively, you can rub the bar directly onto your scalp in circular motions. Both methods work well; it's about finding what feels most comfortable for you. Focus on the scalp first, as this is where most of the oils and product build-up accumulate.

Massage and Cleanse

Once you have a good lather, use your fingers to massage your scalp gently. This not only helps to cleanse effectively but also stimulates blood circulation, promoting healthier hair growth. Work the lather through to the ends of your hair, ensuring every strand is coated.

Rinse Thoroughly

Add more water, emulsifying gently before finally rinsing away all traces of the shampoo. Because shampoo bars tend to have a higher concentration of active ingredients, it's important to make sure no residue is left behind. This can cause hair to look and feel greasy and can lead to scalp build-up and irritation over time. GK ProTip: Transitioning from liquid to a shampoo bar may require an adjustment period. It's normal for your hair to feel different during the initial washes as it adjusts to the new product. Be patient and give it time to acclimate. We recommend a double wash for the first few uses. 

Follow Up with a Conditioner Bar

To complete your eco-friendly hair care routine, follow up with a natural conditioner bar. Simply wet the bar and glide it along the length of your hair. Gently massage to distribute the conditioner, then rinse well.

Storage Tips

What it is: 100% organic cotton zero-waste shampoo bag from The High-End Hippie.

Proper storage will extend the life of your shampoo bar. Keep it in a well-ventilated soap dish or a mesh bag to allow it to dry between uses. A shampoo bar that sits in water will dissolve quickly, reducing its lifespan. We love the 100% organic cotton High-End Hippie Zero Waste Shampoo Bag. It's perfect for travel and storage and helps you get every last bit out of your shampoo bar. Towards the end of use, once your bars get small, place shampoo bits & bobs in the bag to work into a lather without them slipping down the drain. (Pssst! This mesh bag moonlights as a body exfoliator glove with your favourite natural body wash.)

Our Takeaway

Effortless, evolved, and easy to use - shampoo and conditioner bars have become increasingly popular with the eco-conscious shopper. They travel easily, are plastic-free, offer the same rich lather you'd get from a liquid shampoo, and last longer than liquid shampoos and conditioners. If you would like to incorporate a natural shampoo bar into your hair care routine, contact your knowledgeable Green Kiss Educator today. 

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