Want to Green Up Your Hair-Care Routine? Try a Shampoo Bar
Say bye-bye to wasteful packaging and hello to hydrated, healthy hair.
Since they’re one of most frequently used beauty products, shampoos—and their accompanying bottles—are one of the worst offenders when it comes to wasteful packaging. Sure, you can recycle some of the outer plastic, but if you have a pump top, or if the bottle is multiple colors? Sorry, but those are going straight into a landfill.
Enter the shampoo bar, one of the most environmentally friendly hair-care options on the market right now, and a very popular one at that. There’s been a huge influx of new formulas for every hair type. Whether you want to prioritize moisture, a deep clean, or strengthening your cuticle (and preventing breakage), there’s a formula that targets your specific shampoo concerns. Best of all, some can last for 80 washes, and you won’t have to worry about disposing of any excess packaging—when the bar is finished, the last bits will just wash down the drain. Easy!
Curious to try a shampoo bar for yourself? Check out the top 10 options available right now:
Upfront Cosmetics Revitalizing Shampoo Bar
Worried that you’ll still be left with oily hair after switching to a shampoo bar? Rosemary extract and amino acids help to clarify your scalp, while the pH-balanced formula ensures that you’re not producing any excess oils to compensate for a stripped scalp.
Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar
Obviously the French have been fans of the minimalist shampoo bar for quite some time, and industry veteran Christophe Robin makes one of our favorite hydrating options. The trio of aloe, glycerin, and castor oil will leave your hair (and body!) unbelievable soft and moisturized.
Lush Avocado Co-wash
If you’re dealing with extra-dry curls and coils, this moisturizing co-wash will keep your texture nourished and frizz free. The blend of lavender and nettle also soothes irritated scalps, while cupuaçu butter, cocoa butter, and extra virgin olive oil help maintain defined, silky curls all day long.
Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo Bar
This color-safe and crazy-affordable shampoo bar is loaded with murumuru butter, coconut oil, and rose for a gentle clean that leaves your hair moisturized and manageable. Plus, the bright pink packaging is absolutely adorable.
Unwrapped Life The Detoxifier Shampoo & Conditioner
Calling all blondes—this shampoo bar is for you. Any lingering buildup on your scalp will rob your hair of brightness and cause your color to turn brassy. That’s where this activated-charcoal formula comes in to offer a deep cleanse while soothing essential oils make for a luxurious shower experience.
Superzero Shampoo Bar for Thinning Hair
Stress-related hair loss has been at an all-time high in 2020, which is why this shampoo bar is a new staple in our routines. The caffeine and rosemary oils work to stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth so you can get that full, luscious head of hair back for the new year.
Wildland Organics The Super Bar
This universal cleansing bar’s packaging is made from post-consumer recycled paper and is super eco-friendly. The bar itself contains Dead Sea clay to remove buildup as well as kokum butter and jojoba oil to drench your hair in moisture.
Bask & Bloom Essentials Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar
Looking for a clarifying cleanse to bring your hair back to life? Rhassoul and bentonite clays are the stars in this shampoo bar, gently removing dirt and buildup, while aloe butter, palm oil, and caster oil keep your hair supple and moisturized.
HiBar Volumize Shampoo
If you have thin hair that’s desperately in need of volume, look no further than this shampoo bar. African dates in the formula promote circulation while vitamin B5 keeps your texture smooth and silky. The subtle orange peel scent is also divine.
Odacité 552M Soap Free Shampoo Bar
Not only is this shampoo bar insanely gorgeous, but its base is also coconut oil, which gently cleanses without stripping your scalp. The added cupuaçu butter, argan oil, and castor oil lock in moisture for touchably soft hair every time.
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