Whether we like it or not, our hair is tied to our identity. How we style it, what color it’s dyed, how long or short it is, how neat or messy it appears, how healthy it looks—all of these things send out messages about our personalities, lifestyles, and well-being.
So when you start to dramatically lose your locks, it’s like losing a part of yourself. I’ve been on this traumatic journey for the past few months. I watch in horror as ribbon-thick pieces of hair swirl down the drain whenever I wash it. Clumps of hair litter my hairbrush every time I brush it, and strands constantly drift over my clothing and pillow.
Not only is my hair falling out, it’s also drier. And its texture is more brittle and fragile than ever. I’m trying to limit how often I wash it, as this seemingly simple task seems to cause the most loss. But, still, my hair needs to be cleaned.
I know shampoos and conditioners won’t regrow my hair or stop its loss, but I’ve found a brand that is nourishing it, so at least it looks healthier. That brand is Niucoco.
I’ve been using their Signature Shampoo Bar and their Smoothing Conditioner. My hair, thankfully, looks shinier and feels softer and smoother. I’m not surprised by these results, as the key ingredient in both of these items is coconut oil.
Can You Really Trust Bar Shampoo?
I didn’t know what to think at first about using a shampoo bar. It looks just like a bar of soap. You wet the bar and then rub it into your hands to create a film that you apply to the hair. You can also rub the bar directly onto the scalp. I’m impressed with the amount of lather the bar creates, and that the lather doesn’t feel at all harsh or drying.
Some of the bar’s ingredients include Moroccan lava clay, pro-vitamin B5, and cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil. This particular type of coconut oil is used, because it’s high in lauric acid. This fatty acid has molecules small enough to pass through the hair’s cuticle to moisturize and strengthen it.
Niucoco’s Signature Shampoo Bar contains no palm oil, silicone, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. The product is also cruelty-free and vegan friendly. There’s a slight nutty coconut aroma to the bar, which is packaged in a palm-sized box. This cuts down on plastic packaging and makes it easy to travel with.
The Smoothing Conditioner also contains pure coconut oil as well as antioxidants for protection. I like how this conditioner doesn’t weigh down my hair and helps it feel softer.
Niucoco’s Signature Shampoo Bar and Smoothing Conditioner each retail for $29.