After chopping off four inches from my hair a couple of months ago, I had to adopt a fresh hair care routine. The same products I’d relied on to hydrate my formerly lengthy locks weren’t needed anymore, so my hairdresser recommended that I change my approach to suit my current hair needs. In my case, my new cut means fewer washes and as much added texture as I can get.

Scaling back on cleansing made me nervous as I’m not a fan of oily roots. After experimenting with a few different options, I found that Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar With Aloe Vera ($22) cut through oil, product, and grime but still left me with a slightly gritty feel, which worked perfectly for the lived-in, tousled vibe that has me obsessed.

Following the advice of my stylist, I even took conditioner out of the equation. According to him, my shorter locks don’t need it and it’ll take away from that beachy look, so I obliged. Luckily, the shampoo bar conditions my hair just enough (thanks to aloe vera), so my locks are hydrated and healthy-looking but not overly shiny.

The fact that this product comes in solid form also has its benefits. It’s a dream to travel with, lasts forever, and even works as a body wash, so it’s a great value. Add it to your shower lineup if you want to start lathering up less or are just looking for a portable option for your next getaway.

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