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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 shampoos bottles, they are TSA-friendly and definitely easy to lug around in your suitcase – no more ruined toiletry bags. 

Shampoo bars come with multiple benefits – they are known to give you more shine and bounce because they lather up better. They are also safer, 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 5 good shampoo bars in the market so you can test the waters.



Rustic Art is a relatively new organic label and they have a few interesting variants of shampoo bars: The Amla Shikakai is a classic of course but the other two come with great ingredients too – Papaya Lime, Hibiscus and Hemp Oil. The fact that the Shikakai bar is pH balanced for hair wash is a welcome addition and one can also benefit from its other ingredients, the methi and mango that gives you extra nourishment.

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This popular raw cold-pressed Onion juice, fresh Hibiscus, and Chamomile flower infused shampoo bar is known to work well on every skin type. As far as colour is concerned, it works with black tea, curry leaves, amla and bhringraj to help improve hair colour and make sure the texture is perfect. The good thing is that these shampoo bars are formulated using the traditional practices, in this case, the saponified oils create a bubbly mild lather. The fact that they moisturize and nourishes hair and work on premature greying and hair loss control is an add-on.


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Earth Rhythm is a company that has been in the news for all the right reasons. Their natural, eco-friendly and inclusive beauty products and campaigns are already a rage on Instagram. Murumuru Butter shampoo bar is a very well-known product from their roster and the butter coats the hair making it more nourished and supple. It also adds hydration and controls frizz – perfect for those who have dry hair.

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Used on the scalp and on the hair, this shampoo bar is not just affordable but comes with quality ingredients. It contains vitamins A, C, K And D, alongside antioxidants that help hair growth and maintainence. It also contains castor oil that is known for its anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. Almond oil adds shine and Jojoba Oil is a natural moisturiser – what more can we ask for?

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Qurez Lavender and Vegan Keratin shampoo bars are 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. It is also sulphate and artificial fragrance-free.

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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.