Prior to attending the virtual launch of Superzero no-waste hair bars last month, my experience using shampoo bars was limited, albeit successful. A year ago, I tried Lush’s Flyway Hair Shampoo Bar—and especially after struggling with my hair’s new texture following a keratin treatment, this product worked wonders. That said, as I review products for my job, I’m often on to the next after a few uses of something. When I was introduced to Superzero shampoo, I was presently in a phase with something else, and it was hard to pull me away.
But of course, it’s important that I give everything sent my way a fair go, and this was no exception. I set aside a time in which I didn’t have plans to see anyone for the next few days. Just in case the product wasn’t a fit for my hair, I could go a few days without rewashing it with something effective.
Upon my RSVP to the brand’s digital launch, I was asked to select the shampoo-conditioner duo that best fit my hair type. The options were: dry/damaged/colored hair, dandruff/itchy scalp, normal/oily hair and thinning scalp. I opted for the first choice.
Superzero—which promises “lighter, lovable hair”—prides itself on benefitting the environment by eliminating plastic waste. Also, because its formulas are compacted into bars, they contain limited amounts of water, which serves as a filler in traditional hair cleansing products. Each full-size shampoo bar and conditioner bar costs $18, while mini sizes of each are sold for $6.
My bar selection consisted primarily of shea butter and avocado oil. It had a sweet yet noninvasive aroma, and came in aesthetically pleasing, pink paper packaging.
While I frequently use rinse-out conditioning masks, I don’t typically use standard conditioners in my hair because I’m never satisfied with how my hair feels once it dries. Therefore, I only tried Superzero shampoo, and have yet to toy with its counterpart.
I was immediately taken by the fresh aroma of the bar. It didn’t smell like anything I’d used prior—and although plant-based, it didn’t have an earthy scent. Using the bar was easy, with instructions provided on the brand’s Instagram.
My issue with the aforementioned Lush bar was that it dissolved too quickly in the shower. With Superzero shampoo, I was sure to avoid bringing it into the actual shower with me (they do sell a recyclable aluminum storage/travel case if indeed you want it in the shower with you).
Per the instructions, after I thoroughly wet my hair in the shower, I grabbed the bar and applied it directly to my mane in circular motions. It lathered up in no time, and I made to sure to evenly distribute. After letting it sit a minute, I rinsed. You can get a sense of the process in the short clips below.
Once it air-dried, I proceeded to flat-iron and style. I must say I was thoroughly impressed. So much so that I’ve continued using the shampoo bar interchangeably with the shampoo I was in the habit of using prior. I don’t know if it’s the formulation of shampoo bars in particular that work well on my hair, or it’s Superzero’s specific ingredients. Either way, I’m so impressed with the outcome, and can’t praise this product enough—especially for my dry, damaged, color-treated hair.
Upon initial glance, you may think $18 for a small, circular bar sounds outlandish, but because your traditional liquid shampoos are often chockfull of fillers, they tend to look more plentiful. A little goes a very long way with these bars, and the website itself says a full-size bar is approximately 3.4 oz., and equivalent to 2-3x 8.4 oz. shampoo bottles.
As I mentioned above, the only inconvenience with bars is having to step out of the shower to apply them (in order to avoid them disintegrating from the shower water). Other than that, they’re much easier to transport during travel, and following usage, my hair truly did feel lighter and lovable, just as the brand ensured it would!