I Used A Shampoo Bar For Six Months So You Don't Have To

I Used A Shampoo Bar For Six Months so You Don't Have To

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Shampoo bars were always a product that I had wanted to try but they aren't an item that I can pick up on my weekly Target run. If I ran out of shampoo, I just ran to the store and grabbed my good old Garnier and checked out with my plastic bottle and moved on.

A few months ago, I interviewed the owner of a local soap refill store and had expressed my interest.

The interview was for a school assignment but it wound up lighting a fire for my passion for being more green. The shampoo bar I was directed to was the only brand they had in the store and only came in two scents.

I used the crap out of this bar until I went back home for Thanksgiving break, being in Springfield we do not have any relevant stores, so I went to Lush. I had no idea what I was really looking for. I knew they had shampoo bars and I knew that it was from a brand that I trusted but I basically knew nothing about that.

With the help of an employee, I am now three bars deep and madly in love. My go-to bar is called 'Honey I Washed My Hair', it is obviously honey scented and one of my favorites. I am a sucker for anything with honey.

There were a lot more scents than I had originally bargained on dealing with and stood there for half an hour smelling them.

When I found the one I wanted, the employee directed me to a handy tin that I could buy for just $3 to hold it in, and of course, I bought it. It was so worth it though; it is so much easier and stylish than throwing it in a plastic bag to go on vacation.

I was filled in on how I should use this bar and it has all held to be true. When using a shampoo bar, you don't need to rub it all over your head until you feel bubbles start to form. In fact, don't do that!

Just a couple of swipes will do and trust me, it WILL foam up. The lather that comes out of this tiny bar rivals that of shampoo in a bottle. Each bar lasts anywhere from 60 - 80 showers and that is no lie. Towards the end, they start to break apart but they still work just the same.

Shampoo bars come in so many different smells and have so many different variations. Lush has a bar made specifically for people with curly hair and each bar has different benefits. Another added benefit is the money that you are saving. You don't need conditioner. That's right, you don't need conditioner. The bars do a good enough job of nourishing and hydrating your hair that you don't need to waste money or plastic on a bottle of it.

I speak about Lush because that is the company that I have the most experience with. There are plenty of companies that have different shampoo bars and I will have some of those below.

I am not saying that a shampoo bar will save the world because it won't, but it does save one less bottle from being put into a landfill or the ocean and it can lead to better habits. Because of my interest in a shampoo bar, I have become more passionate and conscious of my use (or lack thereof) of plastic.

Overall, I think that my hair feels a lot cleaner. I don't feel any leftover residue like I might if I used shampoo and/or conditioner. I think it also helped soften and detangle my hair better than a regular shampoo would.

I also feel a lot better about using it because I no longer have to worry about the unregulated fragrances in the hair care products on the shelves at other places. America doesn't regulate fragrances and so there could be crazy stuff in there, but with Lush and other natural brands, you know what you are getting.

I sucked my friend and her mom into using them as well and, in the words of my friend, "You have changed my life".

Lush - Honey I Washed My Hair

Basin - Hair Care Barrel

Friendly - Natural Shampoo Bar

Ethique - Solid Shampoo Bar

Chagrin - Shampoo Bar

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Shaving My Head Taught Me That Self-Confidence Does Not Depend On How I Look

Shaving my head helped me gain more self-confidence than I ever thought possible.


Hair is something that has more power over us than we think. Historically, hair was viewed as a way to identify your gender, marital status, religion, or social position. In the Quapaw tribe, single Native American women wore their hair in braids, while the married woman wore it long and loose. Hair can be sacred, as well. Many Sikhs believe that hair should not be cut in any way, as it is a gift from God.

In most of Western society, hair serves simply as a gender marker. Although we are straying away from traditional gender roles, long hair usually signifies femininity and short hair represents masculinity. The media portrays desirable young women with long, silky, effortlessly perfect hair.

For me, my hair served as a comfort. Although I struggled with its frizziness, brittleness, and tangle-ability, I relied on it to make me feel secure. When it hung to my waist in high school, I would use it to cover up my arms and shoulders when I wore sleeveless tops, as I didn't like these parts of my body.

As a child, I remember watching Natalie Portman on the Oprah Winfrey show, talking about having to shave her head for a movie role. Even though I thought it was extreme, her calm and pragmatic demeanor about it changed my perceptions on having a shaved head. I remember her saying, "I always wanted to do it once in my life, anyways. It'll grow back my natural color eventually."

Months before I left for college, I began to devise a plan. I would dye my hair the fun colors that I wasn't allowed to in high school, and then shave it all off for the new year. I got started the week after I moved into my dorm and bleached my hair. As the chemicals burned my scalp and made my eyes water, I realized that there was no going back now. I had committed to shaving my head.

When January rolled around, I was starting to get apprehensive. The weekend I had marked on my calendar approached, and I trekked through a snowstorm to the nearest SportsClips. The barber seemed bewildered at my request but didn't give me any time to reconsider. She took the clippers right to my head, and I watched as my bleach-damaged locks fell to the ground, much like the snow outside.

The first week was hard. I didn't recognize my reflection and often caught myself reaching up to play with my non-existent hair out of habit. I only went out in girly outfits or a full face of makeup, as I felt the need to assert my femininity.

As the weeks went on, however, I began to fall in love with my stubbly head.

Would I recommend shaving your head? I would. Although the journey has been challenging, the benefits make the shave well worth it. Not only do save time in the morning, but I also have learned how to stop hiding behind my hair.

Shaving my head taught me how to stop relying on my appearance for self-assurance. When I had long hair, I would often base my validation around how I looked. Although it provided me temporary confidence, it meant that I wasn't placing any confidence in my other traits. I cared more about how the world saw me than how it heard me. Now that I've stripped myself of my comfort blanket, I feel as though I can conquer anything, no matter how I look.

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