The Shampoo Bars That Actually Work

According to recent studies, our complex haircare rituals damage the earth, creating a much greater carbon footprint than most other beauty practice. And with just 50% of the bathroom waste being recycled, it's no surprise that more and more of us are becoming more concerned with issues like plastic use in the makeup industry and the mess it leaves behind.

Yet that recognition is not simply an opportunity for us, as people, to learn critically of our own plastic beauty waste. It also helps big retailers to tackle their carbon impact, with many shifting to more sustainable and environmentally responsible ways to manufacture and package their products.

Usually made without sulphates and other toxic detergents found in liquid formulations, shampoo bars are celebrated for being smoother, washing hair without removing it. Not to mention that they are completely travel-friendly and have low environmental effects due to their lack of additives and packaging. Granted, it can take some time to get used to the thought and act of rubbing a bar on your head (though FYI, breaking a bar into smaller parts will make it easier). Now, if you want to make a turn from liquid to solid, these shampoo bars are where they are.

Keep browsing through the top shampoo bars for our choices.

JR Liggett’s Virgin Coconut & Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

Not only does this contain moisturizing coconut and olive oils, but it also contains stronger argan oil to help keep the strands thick, solid and clean. It also protects against pollution and UV damage, thanks to antioxidant-rich vitamin E and sunflower oil. How cool is the retro packaging?

Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo for Dandruff or Scalp Problems

The company sells some of the highest ranked Amazon shampoo bars, like this one. It's 100% soap-free and uses neem and karanja oils to address scalp issues; consumers regularly comment about how good flakes are played with. Soothing oats often combat itchyness, and the zero-waste brand puts special emphasis on mitigating their environmental effects, which is also a positive thing.

Friendly Soap Natural Handmade Shampoo Bar

Most shampoo bars appear to have less additives and dubious ingredients, but this one's list of ingredients is taken from the cake. It includes castor, coconut and olive oils, tea tree and lavender essential oils and water, which is free of parabens, palm oil, plastics which sulphates. Amazon shoppers enjoy it, but they find out that it's more suited to dirty than dry hair.

Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bar, Rosemary Lavender

Crafted from certified organic ingredients (an amazing achievement at this price point), this one uses hydrating jojoba oil and mango butter, as well as invigorating rosemary and tea tree oil that leaves your scalp feeling surprisingly tender.

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter and Rose Shampoo Bar

Sulfate-free and ultra-gentle, this newbie is specially designed to keep the shade bright and vivid and not strip light. It is also stored in a carton made of 100% recyclable materials, using sustainable and renewable ingredients. Although we'd be remiss not to mention the fragrance, one of our classics of all time — it's the best combination of floral and sweet, and everybody's going to wonder what perfume you're wearing.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar

Some shampoo bars tend to leave hair twisted, particularly thick, curly hair. Not the case with this one, specially built to make the spirals smooth and full of body and bounce. The mineral-rich bar also has a special curved edge that makes it super easy to work on your scalp.

Basin Charcoal Shampoo Bar

Charcoal is a widely used skin care product, due to its ability to absorb extra oil and purify the skin. Breaking News: You should do the same thing with your scalp and your head. This soap, which lasts from 50 to 75 washes, uses bamboo charcoal to absorb oil and residual food traces, making the skin and hair healthier than ever before.

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