Chagrin Valley • Shampoo Bar • Shampoo
|Would buy this product again.||65%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I've been using CV products exclusively for my hair and face over a year now, and I have no intention of ever going back. I've tried pretty much every shampoo bar they make, and I love that I've been able to purchase sample sizes to try them all out. I wash my medium-length hair every other day at most, and I find that sample bars last for over a month. With full size bars, I cut them into thirds to make them easier to handle, and they last a very long time, too (and I get to alternate between bars this way!)
While some bars are too heavy and weigh down my hair, I've been able to find the ones that really work for me (Rosemary & Lavender, Lavender Spice, Mud & Clay, Olive Babassu, Nettle, Summer Sunshine, and I've a few more still to try). I use a cider vinegar hair rinse every second or third wash, and all in all I find my hair looks healthier and shinier.
Love the stuff CVS makes, and I'm always excited when it's time to order more!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I really wanted to like these. But from the instant they arrived in the mail (and all my roommates wondering what the hell the weird smell was -- potently herby and soapy, and not in a pleasant way) they were a disappointment.
First, I tried the Babassu and the Coconut Milk bar, both of which were highly recommended for my hair type. My entire country has soft water as a rule, but these bars refused to lather without using a good chunk of product, and when I rinsed, my hair felt lovely and soft.. but upon drying, I'd notice a gummy, oily, sticky, soapy-smelling reside and have to hop back in the shower again. And this was with an acidic rinse used faithfully, even though I technically didn't need it due to soft water. I even tried without!
Time went by, and I took the word of others that it depends on bar type. So I tried a few of the more cleansing bars (Rosemary Mint was my favorite) but I still found they had a problem lathering thoroughly and rinsing completely.
The price of each (large!) bar doesn't seem particularly bad, until you notice that you've already used 1/16 of it just to get a decent lather. Pile that on top of how much international shipping was and.. no thanks!
I've since switched to Sweet Creek Herbs, which give much more consistent results between bar types and rinse clean.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
These bars really depend on your hair type I guess. First I bought some for moisturizing and for my hair type, so Coconut Milk and Chamomile Citrus, as well as a henna bar. These all worked great. Then I tried volumizing ones. Big mistake on my part. I tried the Mud and Clay, and the Honey, Beer and Egg. Both were far too rough, especially the Mud and Clay. I've never had so much hair fall out!
I'll keep buying them, but I probably won't try volumizing ones again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
My husband and I have both been using the coconut milk shampoo bar with great success! We've both been very happy with how it's worked with our hair types (he has thicker, dark hair, and I have medium-thick hair). I have not felt my hair get dry. I usually follow this with some coconut oil to condition. Great product, and great company! Will be repurchasing!
Side note: I am excited about this for plane travel, no more worrying about liquid shampoo!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Okay, I wanted to like these bars. I really did.
I have type 2b hair - naturally wavy, mid-back length, quite thick, prone to dry ends, and takes a long time to get oily. My hair was in really good condition when I started out using these - I haven't used chemical hair dye in just over a year and had virtually no split ends or excessive dryness.
I needed to change my hair care routine during winter and figured I would give these shampoo bars (Butter Bar Conditioner & Cafe Moreno) a try, having heard such good things about them.
I did a lot of research on the No-Shampoo method and the benefits of using different organic products (honey, ACV, aloe vera, coconut oil etc.) for conditioning and cleansing my hair, and despite hearing a lot about having greasy hair during the "transition period", decided to give it a go.
Huge mistake on my part. After the first wash I did notice a change in my hair's volume - the Cafe Moreno bar in particular really enhanced my hair's natural curls, but the benefits ended there.
After two washes, my hair felt... squeaky, for lack of a better word. Tangled harder than I'd even though possible and as I kept using them over a period of three weeks, this only got worse. My hair felt brittle, dry, damaged and frizzy. Quite literally, like straw. I had ridiculous amounts of flyaways. My ends started to split like crazy and my hair literally crunched and snapped whenever I tried pulling it up in a ponytail.
In the end, vanity got in the way. I wish I could have stuck these out for longer to see if there was any improvement, but I couldn't handle constantly looking as though I'd just fallen out of a tree, or the scraping noise my hair made on my pillow whenever I rolled over in bed. It look me about four deep conditioning treatments to get my hair feeling back to normal again, and now I'm effectively left with a couple of bars of expensive soap.
I've heard it works for a lot of people, and great for them if these products really work on their hair - but for me, I'm running sobbing back to Tresemme.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
These bars are so variable for each person, depending on their hair type, that I feel a bit silly even writing a review. You really do have to try them for yourself. I had wildly different results with the three different samples I tried. a little bit about my hair: its very thick, but finely textured, straight and very prone to tangles. Butter conditioner bar made my hair GROSS. It left a residue on my hairbrush. I feel like when something like that happens it negates that whole " try it out for a few weeks" thing. Neem & tea tree was okay, I like it better as a soap, though, as a shampoo it was nothing to write home about. Babassu marshmallow was pretty great detangler, and it was one of the few bar shampoos ive tried where i feel like im washing all the way to the scalp, if that makes any sense(because of the thickness of my hair, a lot of shampoo bars only seem to cleanse the top surface of my hair, and it wont rinse through to the rest of my hair.) but this bar doesn't do that. However, I've had a bear of a time getting any of them to rinse clean, probably because of how superfatted their shampoo is. Their shampoo bars actually work okay as soaps, but the other bars that rinse cleaner would totally strip my skin. I have a feeling maybe the soapnuts kind would work for me because of the additional saponins ,but I really don't feel like spending more money at the moment, especially since I have other shampoo bars I like more. I use the babassu marshmallow on the ends of my hair if its feeling dry, but I'm just using the other two as backup soap.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I really wanted to love these :( I love the company itself, but these bars just did not work for me. I tried the coconut milk and the babassu marshmallow which were supposed to be good for my hair type (thick, wavy, dryish). They both left my hair with a weird residue and a gummy feeling even after using ACV afterwards. I think it is because the water in my area is too hard.I just couldn't adjust to them. I still have a butter bar one that I'm afraid to try. I might give it a try one day because of how much I would love for a shampoo bar to work for me. I love the idea of them and the ingredients list. On a positive note, the sample sizes are generous and cheap. None of the ones I have really smell like anything and neither does the soap actually.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black
The Chagrin Valley shampoo bars are definitely my most cherished shampoo of all time. I have long hair that can be very frizzy after it is washed with tons of flyaways. The shampoo that works best is Chagrin Valley. I have tried all of their shampoo bars and most of their soaps. They are all good products. I mean it, they are all good. Some I like better than others. If you have never used shampoo in bar form - it's easy and worth it; just rub the bar on our head or lather it in your hands and spread through your hair. My favorite shampoo bar is the Olive & Babassu, I also love the Nettle, and the Soapnuts & sunflower; and the Butter bar conditioner shampoo bar is amazing. Try the Mud & Clay shampoo bar - it really makes your hair feel so nice. If you have healthy hair that isn't dry you won't even need a conditioner after you use these. Sometimes after i'm done shampooing I squirt some Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (that I put in a squeeze ketchup/mustard bottle) on my scalp and hair to restore the ph balance and to seal the cuticle and WOW!!!! It makes my hair SSSOOOOOO soft! Then I rinse it and that's it! No chemicals. The very best way I can describe it is.....for the first time I felt my hair in its true state, how it really is and how it's supposed to be without any build up and not totally stripped. Just REAL. Like a child's hair feels kind of. The shampoo bars leave my hair soft, full, just beautiful. I am very thankful for this product and I don't know what I would do without it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I wanted to try their shampoo bars for a few weeks before reviewing them. I've tried a few different ones. I think you do need to get the ones that are best for your hair type, but that's the same with any hair product. These bars clean well and lather up well, they leave your hair soft and clean, bouncy and with some volume. However in general I didn't find that they gave me any shine. I also found that over time, using nothing else but these shampoo bars (foregoing conditioner and any other styling product), that it made the hair harder to detangle and it got more and more tangly between washes too. But I have waist-length, thick, coarse, dry, wavy, chemical-treated hair, so not the easiest hair to take care of. Using only shampoo bars gave me dry, tangly, fly-away hair. In the end I still have to use something to *weigh* the hair down, I guess that was what silicones used to do. So if I use something, a natural serum, leave-in conditioner, oil, etc., only on the length, it makes a WORLD of difference! I now have soft, silky, bouncy hair and with the serum or conditioner, it's also shiny, no longer dry or fly-away and with the curls well-defined. I tried using the vinegar rinse but it left me with very dry, straw-like hair, so that didn't work for me. Now I just use a shampoo bar and comb with a wide-toothed comb before rinsing away the shampoo, then after the hair is dry, I smooth on an oil or serum just on the length, and those are all the products that I need and I have amazing hair. I used to have very dry, straw-like hair using chemical shampoos and conditioners and now I don't have that problem anymore.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have tush-length highlighted blonde 2b wavy hair, which I used to maintain with Kerastase products. But as the price of Kerastase continued to increase, I finally threw in the towel. No way could I keep spending US$50 a bottle for those products.
A friend of mine on Facebook told me about Chagrin Valley products, and that they actually worked better for her colored hair than Kerastase or Redken. I was skeptical, but at her urging, I ordered some samples. My main problem was detangling this long fragile hair.
The Chagrin Valley babassu oil shampoo bar seemed ideal for my hair, so that's the one I tried first. It was a revelation. The shampoo bars do require more rinsing, but they are wonderful. My hair did in fact tangle much less and for once I wasn't left with a straw-like feeling. Combined with the Chagrin Valley flax-seed detangling tea and a little vinegar as an after-shampoo rinse, my hair was perfectly detangled and felt softer than it had in years.
The sample bar has lasted me 10 weeks, but I only wash my hair once a week. My husband tried another of the samples (Extra honey beer) and also loved it - no conditioner needed for him now, so it simplified his routine.
We're saving lots of money with Chagrin products and also reducing the amount of chemicals in our lives. I highly recommend Chagrin Valley shampoo bars. They really are better than Kerastase for me.