My experience with shampoo bars just 1 batch worth, but before making that one batch, I had read the entire shampoo bar thread, making mental notes about what might work and what might not. And then I drew from my own experience with hair care herbs, from using them on my own hair when I was a little more enthusiastic about hair care in general and also a bit of reading on the long hair forum, which I love visiting from time to time. I made a HP soap, added herb infused CO as my super fat.
It was what I hoped for and a bit more. I have been using it close to six months, have come up with my own routine for using it. So far no issues with build up, no weighing down. No dryness till now. My hair is just clean and fresh, Shinier than it was when I was using conditioners. Even a week after washing( yeah, sometimes I get lazy when I'm not going out or anything ), my hair is bouncy. The fact that my scalp never had dandruff issues and is otherwise healthy might have something to do with my good results. But I will keep using it as long as my scalp and hair like it.
My oils are 45 OO infused with henna, amla and hibiscus, 40SAO, 10 CO, 5 CaO. 6%SF with rosemary, basil and curry leaves infused CO. My lye water is a ?tea of fenugreek and flax seeds.
It also has sugar, CA and a bit of salt. Yep, it was quite a concoction. You could make a simple bar with the right oils for your hair and call it a day.
I oil up my hair atleast few hours before wash. I use vinegar rinse once or twice a month. I work in few drops of OO into damp hair after the wash. This is all of my hair care and I'm not complaining
I guess what I'm trying to say is, you can design a shampoo bar that best suits your hair and scalp after reading that thread as it gives an excellent idea of the concept behind a shampoo bar and as people with different kinds of hair and different water types shared their experiences, you can kind of see what might actually work for your situation and hair. After you made the bar, please stick with it until the FHS passes. As obsidian mentioned, it might help to clarify before you start using the bar. It really helps to use an acidic rinse with some regularity, especially if you have frizzy hair like me. Why go through all the trouble? When I was using shampoo, my hair needed conditioner to keep it manageable but every time I used conditioner, my hair would come out in clumps and even then, the frizzy hair is barely manageable. So I needed an alternative. Glad I found one. So if you have a reason to ditch your shampoo and conditioner routine, do give this a try.