I’d been a fan of Lush Cosmetics for a while before I purchased one of their solid shampoos because it just always seemed like a big leap to make. But then I was planning a ten-day multiple destination trip that involved air travel and realized that bringing enough liquid shampoo with me would require a hefty checked bag fee and so I went out and got myself a solid shampoo puck.
There’s a learning curve to solid shampoo: how wet you have to get it before you rub it on your head, how many times you have to rub it over your hair to get the amount of shampoo you want, how to store it so it doesn’t melt away slowly because of water infiltration. It’s a lot like using soap but of course with the rise of body wash for both men and women there are fewer people using soap these days, too. I’ve got shoulder length hair now and about three swipes across my head with a damp shampoo bar is enough to get everything lathered up and squeaky clean. If I’ve got product in my hair or it’s particularly gross I’ll do maybe an extra rub over said grossness.
The pucks last a lot longer than any bottled shampoo I’ve ever gotten and they’re much more portable. I mentioned the air travel advantage already, but I also took these camping with my family and they were great for that too. They take up far less space than a whole shampoo bottle and you don’t have to worry about them bursting and ending up with either all of your shampoo in the plastic baggie you’re carrying toiletries in or all over the rest of your luggage. You’ll need to find a good storage container, soap dishes are good, especially if they have a way to drain excess water away since sitting in water will cause the pucks to not dry all the way and stick to the dish. A puck that’s been sitting in water will also spread more easily so you’ll get more shampoo in your hair per swipe.
If you’ve got a big trip coming up, especially traveling by air or camping, I’d definitely recommend giving solid shampoo a try. And who knows, maybe you’ll like it enough that you end up getting rid of some of those bottles crowding up your shower.