19 Shampoo Bar Options That'll Help You Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
- Waterless shampoo bars are formulated without water in order to reduce plastic packaging.
- They're also said to last twice as long as liquid, bottled shampoo.
- Some of the best shampoo bars are safe to use on all hair colors and types.
If you've spent most of your life using liquid shampoo and conditioner, you've been missing out on the greatness that is shampoo bars — and with there being a growing emphasis on conscious shopping in the beauty industry, we can't think of a better time than now to finally make the switch to a waterless formula. There's so much plastic waste in the world — the beauty industry alone produces over 120 billion units of packaging a year — that it's no longer enough to just recycle. Even though there's so much more we can all do to limit our carbon footprint, purchasing sustainable products is a good place to start. One way to limit plastic waste is to switch from liquid products (usually packaged in large, single-use plastic bottles) to solid shampoo bars, which are sometimes sold without any packaging at all.
Some of the best shampoo bars on the market are made with special formulas that are safe to use on blond hair, curly hair, dry hair, and more all while cleansing your hair and scalp sans the creation of more plastic waste. Check them out ahead.
Superzero Shampoo Bar For Flakes and Itchy Scalp
The Superzero Shampoo Bar For Flakes and Itchy Scalp ($18) features a combination of avocado oil, shea butter, and tea tree oil to gently cleanse the scalp and treat itchiness. Each bar is equivalent to at least two bottles of liquid shampoo.
Garnier Whole Blends Restoring Shampoo Bar For Dry, Damaged Hair
The Garnier Whole Blends Restoring Shampoo Bar For Dry, Damaged Hair ($7) features a restorative formula that uses honey and beeswax to help protect the hair against damage and breakage during the cleansing process.
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo Bar
You can now buy one of the brand's fan-favorite items in waterless form: the Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo Bar ($11) cleanses and moisturizes dry, brittle hair with a blend of shea butter and jojoba oil.
Ethique Hydrating Shampoo Concentrate Bar For Normal to Dry Hair
The Ethique Hydrating Shampoo Concentrate Bar For Normal to Dry Hair ($10) is an April POPSUGAR Beauty Award winner that helps you channel your inner scientist when you use it. All you have to do is mix the block with hot water to get a liquid shampoo that'll moisturize and soften your hair with ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil.
Vaycay Beauty Maldives With Marula Shampoo and Conditioner Bundle
The Vaycay Beauty Maldives With Marula Shampoo and Conditioner Bundle ($35) is the equivalent of four bottles of traditional shampoo and conditioner.
Superzero Purple Shampoo Bar For Blonde and Highlighted Hair
Because blonds can have eco-friendly options too. The Superzero Purple Shampoo Bar For Blonde and Highlighted Hair ($18) is made specially for those with lightened hair, as it uses avocado oil to moisturize while offsetting any yellow or brassiness.
Lush Cosmetics Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar
Lush fans may be familiar with the sweet honey-toffee scent of the Lush Cosmetics Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar ($12), which comes in many other formulas across the range. This bar promises to leave all hair types clean, soft, and full of bounce.
Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water Shampoo + Conditioner Bar
The Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner Bar ($5) cleanses your hair and scalp, and is housed in a recyclable carton. Plus, it also contains conditioner.
Brite Organix Bar None Hydrating Shampoo Bar
The 100 percent natural Brite Organix Bar None Hydrating Shampoo Bar ($12) contains coconut and shea butter to make your hair feel like silk.
Love Beauty and Planet Muru Muru Shampoo Bar
The Love Beauty and Planet Muru Muru Shampoo Bar ($5) smells floral and refreshing, is free of harsh cleansers, leaves hair soft, and is even color safe.
Meow Meow Tweet Shampoo Bar in Rosemary Avocado
The Meow Meow Tweet Shampoo Bar in Rosemary Avocado ($12) will suds up just like your favorite liquid option and deeply hydrate your hair with avocado oil and aloe vera.