Regardless of hair type, length, color, or texture, a great shampoo is an essential pillar in any hair (and hygiene!) Routine. If you’ve switched to natural hair care and are using a natural organic shampoo, you’re already doing a great job for the environment – but why stop here ?! There is one product that you can incorporate into your hair care routine that will bring you one step closer to living without waste – the Shampoo Bar.
By Irene Falcone
Shampoo and conditioner bars are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional shampoo and a great way to minimize the waste that comes with your beauty routine. The closer the beauty industry gets to a greener future with minimal waste, the more shampoo bars become available so you can find the right one regardless of your hair type. Read on to find out why you should switch to a shampoo bar and find the perfect one for you!
What are the benefits of a shampoo bar?
The real beauty of a shampoo bar is that they are completely waste free. A shampoo bar looks just like a regular bar of soap as it is only wrapped in a piece of compostable cardboard. I also find shampoo bars to be cheaper than bottled shampoos, as most bars are often the same as three bottles of liquid shampoo! To use a shampoo bar, simply soak your hair and smear the shampoo bar through from roots to ends, lather into a lather, and massage thoroughly through your hair and scalp. Then rinse it out with warm water. Just like a normal shampoo! My personal favorite shampoo bars are all organically grown, free of nasty chemicals, and designed to nourish the hair instead of removing it or coating it with synthetic ingredients.
Which shampoo bar is right for you?
Shampoo Bar for Dry Hair If your hair is coarse and dry, choose the Ethique Mintasy Shampoo Bar for normal to dry hair. Containing moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, coconut cream, cocoa butter and peppermint oil, this shampoo bar is specially formulated to help moisturize dry hair without weighing it down. Treating dry scalp and dandruff For those dealing with an especially dry scalp or even scalp conditions like dandruff, the Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo Bar is perfect for dandruff or scalp problems. This organic shampoo improves overall hair and scalp health (rather than acting as a temporary, quick fix) and uses ingredients like kiwifruit, coconut, karanja, manuka and neem oils in combination with essential oils from oat, marigold as well as lavender and lime, the microbes that can cause scalp problems, gently and effectively remove any flake build-up. Combating Brass Colored Tones If you have dyed hair, don’t fret – there’s a natural shampoo bar for you too! Ethique Tone It Down’s Purple Solid Shampoo is specially formulated for those with blonde, silver and platinum colored hair to add body and shine to the hair while keeping yellow, brass colored tones at bay.
Shampoo bars for oily hair
The Ethique St Clements Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair is perfect for anyone who really wants to clean their hair thoroughly and regulate oil production without shedding their strands. This bar is free from oil-forming foaming agents (you know, the ones where your hair feels squeaky clean for an hour and then goes back to normal ?!). Instead, the Ethique St Clements shampoo is based on the natural cleaning properties of lime. Sweet orange, basil, rosemary, and juniper all of which cleanse the scalp and soften your hair’s natural oil production. Taming the Frizz with a Shampoo Bar People with frizzy hair are often nervous about shampoo bars because they fear the tight bar and need to soap up will only add to more frizz – but that’s just not the case! The Ethique Frizz Wrangler is specially designed for you. The smoothing properties of creamed coconut and cocoa butter tame dry, frizzy, curly, unruly and even damaged hair.
Shampoo bar for “normal” hair
If your hair is neither greasy nor dry, then you are spoiled for choice when it comes to organic shampoo bars! We love the Ethique Pinkalicious Shampoo Bar, a limited edition bar that smells of natural vanilla and pink grapefruit. The now iconic Ethique Wombar was designed by Bindi Irwin (AUD 1 from every bar sold goes to the Irwins’ Wildlife Warriors Foundation!). and the Acure Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar, which can also be used on the body! Unscented products for sensitive hair and scalp Fragrances, even natural ones, can sometimes cause flare-ups and irritation on particularly sensitive skin. If you fall into the sensitive scalp category, we recommend Ethique’s Bar Minimum Unscented Solid Shampoo.
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Brand: Acure Organics, Ethics