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Switching to shampoo bars? Here are the best ones in the market

The best shampoo bars to get your hands on if you want to be kind to the environment while making your hair look glossy and shiny.

The first time we ever heard the word, shampoo bars was when someone in the US went hiking and used one. But now, with newer ideas and innovative new ways in which we are exploring beauty and sustainability, shampoo bars have ever so slowly made their way into the beauty kit. Plus, let’s not forget that a shampoo bar is probably the coolest thing you can switch to in this pandemic – no fuss, no plastic, no extra frills. And once you get used to them, you also realise that unlike shampoo bottles, they are TSA-friendly and definitely easy to lug around in your suitcase – no more ruined toiletry bags. 

These bars come with multiple benefits – they are known to give you more shine and bounce because they lather up better. They are also safer for all hair types, they don’t strip your hair like the other shampoos and last way longer than a normal shampoo. A large majority of shampoo bars also use less additives and use less harsher ingredients – plus, they are good for the environment. It’s still a tough call though – to switch from glossy, creamy shampoos to a bar of soap – but once you go in, experts and loyalists say you will never look at a shampoo bottle ever. We’re counting on that.

Here are the top solid shampoo bars in the market so you can test the waters.

Want to get rid of itchy, annoying dandruff? Choose Rustic Air’s organic hair cleansing anti-dandruff bar infused with amla and shikakai. Amla is known for its antifungal properties that can prevent dandruff and other fungal infections while improving scalp health. A plus for this shikakai hair cleansing bar is that it’s safe for coloured and chemically treated hair. All you need is wet hair and use the bar cleansers to get hair that smells amazing.

Add lustre to your hair and enhance its natural colour with Juicy Chemistry’s hand-crafted, solid shampoo bar that is cruelty free. The combination of onion, hibiscus, and bhringraj treats hair problems like dandruff, premature greying, and dry scalp. Now, silky, strong, lustrous, healthy hair is no more a dream!


Can’t find the right shampoo to tame your curly hair? Well, here’s a sulfate- and paraben-free solid shampoo bar especially crafted to manage your wavy curls. Enriched with Murumuru Butter and vitamin E, this bar by Earth Rhythm will bring your hair back to life through foolproof hydration and deep conditioning. 

Formulated with natural ingredients, the affordable shampoo bars by Goli Soda is the perfect remedy for all your hair issues. From combating dandruff to deep moisturising, this product works wonders for your dull, lifeless hair. Apply the best shampoo bars and watch your hair transform to its soft, thick, healthy self!

Qurez Lavender and Vegan Keratin shampoo bar is one of the best-looking products to carry with you. They not only cleanse and nurture your hair, but also work with dry, flaky and itchy scalp to calm and soothe. The keratin gives the hair that shiny, glossy, non-frizzy effect and also works well on chemically-treated hair as well as damaged hair. It is also sulphate and artificial fragrance-free.

Dandruff is the prime reason behind excessive hair fall. With Soulflower’s gentle hair cleansing bar, you can now stop worrying about itchy dandruff. Charged with the goodness of coconut milk and reetha, this shampoo bar combats fungal infections and cleanses your scalp to give supple, fine hair .

The first step to getting strong hair is a clean scalp. Go for Ancient Living’s eco-friendly shampoo bar to cleanse your scalp of impurities and dirt while giving it gentle conditioning. Formulated with methi and amla powder, this bar treats your flaky, itchy scalp and accelerates hair growth and takes care of curly hair.

If you’re looking for a hair wash solution for your curls, Earthy Sapo’s handmade hair wash soap is for you. It’s enriched with the best hair-nourishing herbs which promote hair growth, detoxify your scalp, and deeply condition all hair types. Say goodbye to dryness and embrace soft, shiny curls.

Satliva’s unique solid shampoo bar, infused with activated charcoal, gives your hair the nourishment it deserves. It’s formulated with Argan oil that detangles and retains natural moisture of even colour treated hair while the charcoal soaks in dirt and excess oil ensuring a healthy, happy scalp.

Ethique’s Mintasy is the go-to solid shampoo for a dry scalp. This cooling hair wash bar is concocted with peppermint oil, cocoa butter, and a generous dose of Samoan coconut oil that will not only moisturise your scalp but also treat your rough colour-treated hair. Apply Ethique’s iconic bar and say hello to lustrous, supple locks.

Chemical-free, hand-crafted, and effective, this product from Stonesoup is one of the best shampoo bars in the market. Nourish your locks from root to tip with the goodness of coconut milk, essential oils, and beer. The sugar content in beer brings a healthy shine to your tresses while coconut milk conditions your scalp.

This hair care bar uses plant-based oils and herbs that hydrate your scalp without making it greasy. This is the best remedy to transform dry, dull, coloured hair into soft, nourished, and thick tresses. Enriched with amla extracts, it detoxifies your scalp and promotes fine hair growth in just a few weeks. One of the best shampoo bars, it is suited for every hair type.

Just like other parts of your body, your hair and scalp deserve a little luxury once in a while. Gift yourself this hydrating shampoo bar by Christophe Robin and add vigour and vitality to your locks and make your hair smooth. This unisex bar is ideally recommended for short or mid-length hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shampoo bars vs. liquid shampoo: What is better?

The efficacy of any shampoo depends on its ingredients. Besides, your hair type also determines what kind of shampoo is better for you. However, shampoo bars are travel-friendly as well as a sustainable alternative to liquid shampoo.

Are shampoo bars healthier?

Shampoo bars are eco-friendly and are made from natural and organic ingredients. A hydrating shampoo bar is devoid of harmful chemicals that can be found in liquid shampoo.

Are shampoo bars good for thinning hair?

A crucial feature of shampoo bars is that they don’t strip your hair. Most bars are formulated with essential and plant-based oils like jojoba oil and sunflower seed oil that deeply nourish both your hair and scalp, boosting its health and promoting hair growth. While shampoo bars can work well for thinning hair, don’t forget to check out the ingredients before making a purchase.

Which shampoo bar is best for dandruff?

There are several shampoo bars that are crafted to fight dandruff. Take a look at the list above to find your right match.

Why should you switch to shampoo bars?

As mentioned earlier, they are more sustainable than liquid shampoo. They don’t come in plastic bottles reducing plastic waste and they also act as a conditioner. They are made from natural ingredients and do not contain harmful preservatives, making for a healthier option for your damaged hair and scalp. Besides, they do not take up a lot of space in your suitcase, if you’re traveling. They are also more long-lasting than liquid shampoo.

Why does my hair feel greasy after using a shampoo bar?

Some hair wash bars can leave your hair waxy because they are soap bars. Many shampoo bars are made by mixing various oils with some kind of alkali. If your scalp is already oily, you must opt for a shampoo bar that’s specially curated to treat oily scalp.

How long does it take hair to adjust to a shampoo bar?

The transition period depends on the quality of your hair and scalp. It can vary from person to person. The usual period can range from a few days to a few weeks and at times, even a month.

How often should I wash my hair with a shampoo bar?

Ideally, the frequency of washing your hair with a shampoo bar is the same as with liquid shampoo. Don’t wash your hair more than 3-4 times a week.  

Do you need to condition after using a shampoo bar?

Shampoo bars are usually made from conditioning oils. So, they act both as a cleansing bar and a conditioner. That’s one great advantage of using shampoo bars and not artificial beauty products.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.
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