This wash day marks my first time using a shampoo bar of any kind, and this is my initial impression of the Obia Naturals Coconut Shea Shampoo bar. Monet has mentioned shampoo bars in her last few natural hair posts and I purchased the Obia bar at her suggestion plus I love Obia, the owner, and hope her business continues to grow.
I was a bit pressed for time for this week, so I quickly heated a small amount of coconut oil to apply as my prepoo, covered with a plastic cap for five minutes then jumped in the shower. I created a lather from the shampoo bar between my hands then applied it to my hair, focusing specifically on my scalp and allowing the suds to run down the length. I re-lathered my hands to add more product 2-3 times to make sure I had sufficiently shampooed all areas of my head then rinsed. On my hair, the shampoo felt great – super gentle, even the lather felt soft! When I rinsed, it was the weirdest feeling – my hair felt extremely clean (moreso than with my regular liquid shampoos) but still super soft and not stripped. If I had to compare this bar to my regular liquid shampoos (which are also super gentle), I would say the bar cleaned my hair better. In fact at first I thought it was overly clean but as I continued to rinse, I realized how soft and non-stripped it actually was.
I applied ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor, covered again with a plastic cap then finished showering. Once I rinsed the conditioner from my hair it felt even more amazing. Clean, soft, and strong. I sat under my Pebco hooded dryer to dry my hair, which only took about 8 minutes then ran out of the door to my appointment.
Obia Naturals offers two shampoo bar formulations: Coconut Shea and Neem & Tea Tree, both which retail for $10. I plan on purchasing the Tea Tree bar to clarify between re-braiding while I wig it. I liked having complete control over where I placed the lather and I feel this technique caused me to manipulate my hair less. I will admit that I was biased going into my experience because I love Monet’s hair and trust her opinions so since she had been raving about shampoo bars and this one in particular, I expected a great experience although I wasn’t sure exactly what my thoughts were going to be.
I get what all the hype about shampoo bars and after my first use I feel comfortable declaring I love the Obia Naturals Coconut Shea shampoo bar. I’ll wait to continue using before giving my official review but this first impression was a powerful one!