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paste shampoo

I have tried to make bar shampoo work for me, but I can't seem to get it to all rinse out. I like to travel carry-on only so it would be great to find a solid alternative for shampoo and conditioner. I stumbled on a paste shampoo on Amazon. Do you think this would be considered a liquid by TSA? I am going to order some and test it out.

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248 posts

Just curious.

What brand of bar shampoo did you try?

Did you also try a bar conditioner? What brand?

Posted by
2523 posts

just use a bar of soap - the hair on your head is the same as the hair elsewhere - it's just advertising that makes people buy different products.

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7349 posts

Hi, unless you are staying at hostels during your trip, most B&B’s and hotels provide either a small travel size shampoo or now the more common larger containers mounted on the shower wall. Sometimes it’s a shampoo/shower gel combo. I bring one travel size from a previous hotel stay, just in case, but I usually end up using it to wash my clothes in the sink at one of the later locations.

I pack a half of a bar of soap because I would rather use one that doesn’t dry out my skin; otherwise, I just use what’s supplied.

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3138 posts

What brand bar shampoo did you try? My Lush bar shampoo makes a nice lather and rinses clean.

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4574 posts

Are you using too much bar shampoo? Or could it be a shampoo/conditioner combo? Or have you tried more than one brand? I primarily use Lush, but also have used several bars from local soap makers. I also don't use conditioner. Never had a problem of it not washing out...but I do have short hair.

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70 posts

I use unscented solid shampoo and conditioner bars from Naples Soap Company. I don’t use them in my daily life but they are fine for travel. I haven’t had difficulty rinsing them out.

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2803 posts

I bought a travel size solid shampoo as a trial from one of the vendors at a local Saturday market. It worked good and easily washed out; I bought another bar to pack in my travel bag. She shapes them like fortune cookies, so they're cute too. I've bought soaps from her too. Here's her website link if you're interested
https://littlemamaproducts.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=43&zenid=otiss8cbd5k2rjvsm3p3otn672
Since toothpaste should go in your 311 bag, I'd say any paste product should.

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I tried HiBar and Ethique and I can't say that I liked either one. I had to get back in the shower and re-rinse my hair to get the conditioners out. Even so, both left a film and my hair looked weighed down and dirty. I do have thin, fine, brittle hair so I have to be picky.

I do usually stay at hostels, not hotels. And I go on longer trips so I do use up the 100ml of shampoo that I pack. I probably just have to stick to buying more shampoo and conditioner during my trip.

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I use The Earthling Company bar shampoo at home and for travel. When I use conditioner, usually once every two weeks, I use their bar conditioner as well. I use their Citrus for both shampoo and conditioner. I have always had oily hair and washed it every day for 40 years before eventually getting it to twice a week over the past 5 years. My hair is long so traveling with liquid shampoo is not desirable as I would need more for the length. It takes a while for your hair to get used to the bar and I tried several different brands which did not work before landing on this one.

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5769 posts

I'm not sure if this is helpful, but sometimes its the water and not the product. My hair HATED northern France, Belgium and Luxembourg. It is not curly in the least, but somehow, it was constantly frizzy, and I couldn't style it. I was using conditioner and still, frizz! I decided I would never travel again without a Trader Joes's hair tonic which smooths hair down a bit. So of course on my next trip (New Zealand) my hair was happy with the water and it was never used.

Just for context, I am not one to obsess about my appearance or my hair.

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I alternate a bar shampoo with Head and Shoulders, and my hair felt kind of flat. So I tried a citric acid rinse (I use about 1/8 teaspoon in a cup of warm water), and that helped my hair a lot. Y since I dislike Amazon, I found the citric acid in a natural foods store

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I started using shampoo bars for travel, now use them all the time. I like cutting down on the waste. I tried a few, didn’t like the gummy hair feeling after but found these from the UK: https://thesoapdairy.com/product-category/hair-care/
She adds acetic acid and i find they are one of the few shampoos, bar or liquid, that don’t leave my hair feeling like it needs another rinse. For me a bar lasts a long time.
Shipping to the US isn’t cheap, but I order a bunch at a time to make it less costly.

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11272 posts

The jar of product OP is considering is 3.5 +oz., which exceeds the allowable size in the 3-1-1 bag.

The product photo looks 'creamier' than peanut butter, which is not allowed, so the only way it could fly is in a checked bag.

I saw a jar of peanut butter go in the trash can at PDX , to the surprise and dismay of the passenger.

Do you think this would be considered a liquid by TSA?

Yes

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16459 posts

Actually the net weight is 100 grams, which is the maximum allowable in the 3-1–1 bag. I believe the 3.53 oz is the gross weight, including the container.

The product description says it is a “cream”. No question it must be treated as a “liquid” and go in that 3-1-1 bag, or in checked luggage.

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14089 posts

I'll just add that I tried Lush as well as some shampoo bars from my local farmer's market. My hair hated them and felt like straw. I do have very short hair so I just take liquid and it's generally enough to last me 4-5 weeks but I can get away with using just a pea-sized dab. I also have some allergies so carry my own shampoo and conditioner.

@JulesM - My hair also hates the water in France. Forum member Bets put me on to L'Occitaine en Provence products and had me get Purifying Freshness (Fraicheur Purifante) and it works really well with the French water even though it's for normal to Oily and my hair is very dry. I just buy one of the small 2.5 oz bottles if I'm going to be there for more than a week and use it off and on to control my hair!

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You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item

100 grams is not the same thing as 100 milliliters; will the screener see '100 grams' and assume it's '100 milliliters' and let it go or have screeners been educated that 100 grams is 3.52 oz and therefore exceeds the 3,4 ounce limit? I know I would not choose to risk a $10 product ( and a really thorough time consuming search) to test this out.

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I wouldn’t take a chance either (I would put a reasonable amount for my trip in a smaller container).

But the 100 grams seems pretty well calculated to meet the 100 ml limit for air travel—-that is what many consumers want. While 100g and 100 ml are only the same for pure water at 4 degrees C, , do you suppose TSA makes a separate rule for other liquids?

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Posted by Lola

While 100g and 100 ml are only the same for pure water at 4 degrees C,
, do you suppose TSA makes a separate rule for other liquids?

TSA only cares about the volume of the container, not the specific gravity of the contents.

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I really like Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve. Many shampoo bars and soap bars to choose from. They rinse clean.
They offer travel sizes so you can try several. Organic too. I've used their products for many years. And their Face Mousse is wonderful!
I hope you find something that works for you.