Sophisticated. Sexy. Simple.
Kim, owner and creator of Serpentine Hair sent me a shampoo bar a couple of months ago and it took me until now to get to trying it. What was I waiting for? What a cool concept, to use a solid shampoo! But, I had my doubts. I kind of imagined a lame lather experience which would leave me with horribly dry and brittle hair, but this was not the case. I was mistaken thank goodness for my hair's sake. My hair felt soft and clean and not dry and crack-y. A very different experience, indeed.
It's good from the outside too. It eliminates waste (the bottle) and it just feels like I'm doing something healthier for myself. It is sulfate-free and vegan, too! So there.
Serpentine says: Our products don't have some magical hair-repair ingredient; they merely clean your head while allowing your hair and scalp to heal themselves from the ill effects of cheap commercial chemicals.
Kahlua (the one I used)
Smelled soft and sweet, but not candy-sweet. I scrubbed the wet bar with a nylon pouf until it got super sudsy and started rubbing the lathery pouf into my hair, rubbing my scalp and continuing until my hair was "washed".
So, what makes these shampoo bars different from handmade soap? Serpentine says: Regular handmade soaps tend to incorporate various plant butters into their formulas to nourish your skin. They don't rinse away as cleanly when they're used on hair. Our products are specifically formulated for haircare, so you can expect a gentle product that avoids the pitfall of excessive residue.
These are a few of her other shampoo bars: Forbidden Fruit, Medusa and Original Sin. I think I will have to try the Original Sin next. It just looks too good and the description of the scent sounds enticing.
I think I need to continue trying the bar for an extended period of time to see if there is a big change with my hair or not. My hair is in a funny place with overly processed, colored hair (many times over, remember the fire engine red a few months ago?), and getting long and a tad unruly. This Kahlua shampoo bar will have to bear with me as I become a wiz at using it, but we've already made nice.
Don't you like the photo? I absolutely love it! Now, is that Kim behind the bar?