We Tried OBIA Naturals’ Shampoo Bar

I am admittedly a hair product junkie. 

I love to test out new products that will help make my kinky curls easier to style and maintain. SpecificallyI have been on a mission to swap out old hair care faves for similar vegan options. Growing up with acne-prone and sensitive skin means that I have to pay careful attention to anything that goes near my face. Surprisingly enough, hair products can be the cause of major breakouts on your face.

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As I was researching brands to try, I came across OBIA Naturals. OBIA Naturals is an all-natural body and hair care brand. The goal of the company is to create pH-balanced, non-toxic and herbal-based products that are both eco-friendly and functional. 

What I loved most about this brand’s history is that its founder, Obia Ewah is a trained chemist. She uses her background in chemistry and biology to develop OBIA Naturals essentials like their twisting butter and hair oils. 

The combination of her knowledge and desire for a clean beauty routine lead to the creation of her vegan line free of mineral oil, sulfates, petroleum, artificial colors, drying alcohols, silicone, and gluten. Plus, OBIA’s products work for all hair types.

I loved their mission and ingredients so I decided to try out their Neem Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Bar. Some problem areas I am working to solve with my hair are length retention and dryness from winter wind. Neem is known to address these issues, so I opted for this bar. OBIA Naturals has a second shampoo bar option, which is a Coconut Shea Bar. 

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I have been using their shampoo bar for three weeks and these are some of my thoughts on the product.

Packaging

The OBIA Naturals Neem Tea Tree Shampoo Bar comes wrapped in plastic. It’s easy to open but can make storing the bar difficult. I recommend transferring the bar into a reusable soap dish after opening and to recycle the plastic it arrives in.

The Promise

This shampoo bar targets three main hair issues:

  • Soothe Dry Scalp
  • Remove Build-Up
  • Refresh Scalp
Photos are taken following next wash day using Obia Naturals Babassu Detangling Conditioner and Neem Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Bar (Image via Mahnoor Hussain)
About the Product

When I first began learning about shampoo bars as an eco-conscious alternative to shampooI was not sold. I understood the benefit of eliminating millions of plastic bottles out of the landfills and oceans but I did like the idea of rubbing bar soap on my dirty hair to clean it. I was surprised to find out that OBIA’s bar was firm but soft enough to cut. On wash day, I cut a small piece– a little goes a long way with this shampoo and would wash my hair with that. The product provides a bubble-free lather that thoroughly cleansed my hair.

The Scent

The Neem Tea Tree Shampoo bar is not fragrance-free. It has an amazing fruity-floral scent but it’s not overpowering.

Photos are taken following next wash day using Obia Naturals Babassu Detangling Conditioner and Neem Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Bar (Image via Mahnoor Hussain)
Price

OBIA Naturals Shampoo Bars are a steal! They retail for $9.99, but I can tell these bars will last a long time. I have hardly made a dent in mine.

Where to Purchase

OBIA products sell nationally and internationally. They can be ordered through their site obianaturals.com or through major retailers like Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, and Sally Beauty.

Would I recommend?

I would definitely suggest this product to a friend. I noticed after just one wash my hair was the shiniest it had been all winter. My curls looked revived and my hair smelled great. I loved that the shampoo didn’t overly bubble when I massaged it onto my scalp because I have noticed that foaming products typically dry my curls out. Plus, at $10 you’re getting more use out of this shampoo than any higher priced non-natural shampoo in stores.

Photos are taken following next wash day using Obia Naturals Babassu Detangling Conditioner and Neem Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Bar (Image via Mahnoor Hussain)

Have you tried any of OBIA Naturals products? Share your favorite product with us in the comments below!

Alexis Atkins

Alexis Atkins graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in fashion marketing and management. When she’s not producing content for Kontrol Magazine, you can find her scrolling through YouTube for new web series to watch, taste-testing new recipes in her kitchen or searching the vintage racks to add unique pieces to her closet. For more follow her on Instagram @StyleFromAlexis.