When I first saw The Yellow Bird shampoo bar, I was skeptical. Would a bar really deliver the same results that liquid shampoo gets?
But I am here to tell you that I’m a believer! Its cute, simple packaging tells you that it “cleans hair and scalp without stripping away natural oils” – and this product delivers.
Personal Use and Opinion
I normally wash my hair with a sulfate/silicone/paraben-free shampoo every 2 or 3 days, but by the end of the third day, you can often tell that it is in need of a wash. It’s fairly common knowledge by now that chemical shampoos strip your hair of natural oils, and your scalp compensates by overproducing oil, leaving you with greasy hair! I believed that I was getting around this issue by using a “cleaner” shampoo (without sulfates, silicones, or parabens), but evidence points to the contrary.
Enter The Yellow Bird Peppermint Shampoo Bar, and my hair was still shiny, fresh, and clean on day 3. As an experiment, I even let it go 4 days (pushing the limits of what the packaging instructs) but my hair was still fresh!
Ah, and the scent. The peppermint essential oils are really lovely, and add to the overall clean feeling of using the product. It isn’t overwhelming or medicinal – just a light, fresh, peppermint essence that lasts.
The list of ingredients is fairly short and recognizable:
- RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Castor Oil
- Argan Oil
- Sea Salt
- Kaolin Clay
- Menthol Crystals
- Jojoba Oil
- Sodium Hydroxide (none remains in the finished product)
The obvious pattern here is that 8 of 12 ingredients are different types of oils, which makes sense for a bar. It’s also a bit counter-intuitive – rub a bar of oil all over my head, and that will make my hair less greasy? But the science checks out! By not stripping my hair of natural oils, I end up with healthier hair.
The Only Downside
The only downside to this product was that it didn’t quite produce the lather that I was used to from a liquid shampoo. The instructions are simple: you wet your hair, wet the shampoo bar, and glide it across your scalp and hair, then massage and rinse. This first go-around does not produce a rich lather (or upon first try, give much of an impression that it’s cleaning anything at all!). The key is in the final optional step to rinse and repeat, which gave me the richer lather I was looking for. We shampoo for the results, but we also want to enjoy the experience, right?
If you’ve never tried a shampoo bar, this is a great place to start. As a skeptical newbie myself, I was very pleasantly surprised by the results, even from the first use. My recommendation? Do your hair a favor and give it a try!