I won the Hasuo Healthy Shampoo Soap by the Korean brand Klairs in a giveaway a while back and was super excited to give it a go as it's a 100% natural hair product without silicones or other nasty chemicals that you don't necessarily want on your hair. It is very rich in laurel tree oil and targeted at a younger audience who are looking into non-silicone hair products or people who are fighting hair loss or dandruff. One bar has 100g after drying, The paper wrapping comes without an English ingredients list and the smell is something to get used to. So far, so good.
First impression: Oh my god. My scalp felt so greasy while I was still in the shower! It felt absolutely terrible so I decided to use a bit of my usual shampoo to fight the weird feeling. After reading up on shampoo bars, I found out that this was perfectly normal and that you need to give your hair a week or two to get used to the shampoo bar.
However, my take on the whole getting-used-to-a-product kind of procedure is that you shouldn't fix something that ain't broken. I wouldn't go through weeks of weird feeling hair just to see whether a product I'm sceptic of actually works or not. Besides, my hair has been heavily chemically treated in the past and needs silicones to shine.
What did strike me, though, was how waxy my hair felt even though I washed it with my regular shampoo after using the hair soap. The Klairs Shampoo Soap is very rich in oils, which obviously doesn't mix very well with my thin hair.
After clarifying, it definitely felt a lot better but the settling in period is still nothing I'd fancy going through.
Final Thoughts: I definitely think that this hair soap could be a good product but it's just not the right one for my hair type. I'd say it's targeted at thick hair, which isn't very surprising for an Asian product. To have a better experience than I had, make sure to clarify your hair with a apple cider vinegar rinse before you use it to get rid of any buildup your previous shampoo may have caused. Lather it up in your hands, don't directly drag it across your scalp.
What is your take on shampoo bars? Do you use them or do you prefer liquid shampoo?