Tips To Maximize The Lifespan Of Your Shampoo Bar
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So, you’ve recently changed up your hair care routine and switched to a shampoo bar. Or maybe you’re bar-curious and doing some research prior to making the switch from traditional shampoo. Whatever the case may be, everyone always has the same question:
“How do I store my shampoo bar?”
And that’s a very valid question, because honestly, shampoo bars can be jerks. Here’s why.
Just like a bar of soap, a wet shampoo bar will cement itself onto a flat surface—only, it’s way more difficult to pry off than regular soap. And when it’s finally removed, a good amount of it is left on the surface of your sink or shower.
So now, not only are you stuck scraping off hard chunks of soap, you’re also left with a smaller bar. It’s the equivalent of accidentally knocking over a bottle of liquid shampoo and watching it pour down the drain. What a waste.
Why is that?
There’s actually a very simple explanation for that. You see, shampoo bars consist mostly of “fatty” oils and butters (like shea, coconut, castor and other varieties). Those natural oils are what make shampoo bars work so well to nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair.
Most are also full of essential oils for added scent. And when these ingredients become wet and are then made to dry against a flat surface, the oils and butters create a slimy layer, solidify, and adhere to surfaces. When this happens, your shampoo bar can’t get proper ventilation, will hoard bacteria, and overtime, go rancid.
That’s why it’s so important to store your soap and shampoo bars properly.
Shampoo bars come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter if they’re a circle, square or heart, they’re mostly created flat—without curves like some soaps tend to have. Hence, when looking for a tray or bar holder, you need to consider both the material and the design.
For example, you don’t want to get something that’s equally flat with no drainage. That’s just as bad as laying your shampoo bar on the sink. Look for a soap dish design that has spaces in between, allowing air to reach and ventilate the surface of your bar. It will also help drain excess liquid.
It’s also a good idea to get something sustainable—like wood/bamboo, ceramic or stainless steel. They’ll last longer, and some of these will biodegrade over time if you throw them out. But if you’re more into aesthetics and you find a great plastic soap dish that’s recyclable, and will last a very long time, that’s fine too.
Need recommendations? Below are soap trays and holders (both masculine and feminine) that we highly recommend to maximize the lifespan of your shampoo bar. They’re innovative, durable and have solid reviews.
Best Sustainable Shampoo Bar Storage
LeleCAT Leaf Shaped Soap Holder
These unique and aesthetically pleasing leaf shaped soap holders by LeleCAT are great for shampoo bars because they provide excellent ventilation and drainage. They’re also easy to take apart and clean. These soap trays are made of recyclable PP plastic, and if cared for properly, will last a very long time.
PROFESSOR FUZZWORTHY’S MAGNETIC SOAP HOLDER
Professor Fuzzworthy is one of our favorite brands when it comes to men’s grooming products. They specialize in shampoo bars, beard grooming kits, and in-shower accessories like this innovative wooden magnetic soap bar holder, made of sustainable beach wood. The adhesive sticks to almost any surface and it’s an awesome way to keep your soap and shampoo bars dry.
BOSSMAN SOAP DISH
The Bossman brand is one of the top men’s shampoo bar brands on the market; in fact, it was featured in our “top 3 most sought after shampoo bars” article. And their shampoo bar accessories are just as top-notch. The Bossman soap tray has a lot of great features. It has a ceramic base and bamboo insert, which comes out so you can easily clean it. This soap tray also contains grooves that allow your soap bar to properly drain and ventilate.
ENDOTO SOAP HOLDER
This innovative and sleek looking soap dish by ENDOTO is an ideal holder for shampoo bars because it allows your bar to drain immediately. It’s made of very durable ABS plastic and will last a very long time. It’s great to have in the shower or sink area and currently comes in a pack of two for under $10. That’s a really awesome deal.
HEMLOCK PARK PLANT-BASED SOAP DISH
This soap dish by Hemlock Park is 100% compostable. The base of this tray is made from bamboo and corn fibers while the removable tray is made from bamboo. We like this soap tray because of the wide gaps that allow ventilation, and because they’re easy to wipe down (even soap trays need a good wash once in a while). And currently, if you buy two trays, Amazon automatically gives you 10% off. Not sure how long this promotion will last, but it’s a good deal.
iPEGTOP STAINLESS STEEL SUCTION CUP SOAP DISH
If you need your soap or shampoo bar in a more convenient spot in your shower, check out iPEGTOP suction cup soap dish. This soap tray is made from 304 stainless steel and will not rust (beware, there are counterfeits which will rust—this link and brand is solid). The suction cup on this soap dish creates a strong vacuum seal and allows you to have your soap within arm’s reach.
MAGIFT PINEWOOD SOAP TRAYS
If you’re a simple person and a bit of a minimalist, you need a simple soap dish. And these rustic looking soap trays by Magift are really functional and do a really good job of drying your bar of soap. The strip design allows water to easily drain, allowing your soap or shampoo bar to dry quickly and stay that way. It’s made of pine wood and is really easy to clean.