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6 shampoo bars to kickstart your sustainable haircare routine

“Sustainability” is the hottest topic on everyone’s lips these days. Every brand wants to be it, and everybody wants to get on it. It’s all for the greater good, but can be difficult to get started. You’ve already swapped your plastic straws for metal, glass, or bamboo ones. Even in the bathroom, you’ve swapped your plastic pump body soap with bar soaps. Now take it a step further and use shampoo bars instead.

Bar soaps were first invented in the height of hygiene, and they were multi-purpose — you could use one single bar for your hair, face, and body. Then, the industry evolved and people deviated from bar soaps simply because it was too drying on the skin. Thank goodness our modern day bar soaps are better engineered, hence they do not have the same drying properties in the days of yore. That’s more reason for you to skip the bottled shampoo and go for shampoo bars.

Another reason? Sustainability. Think about how many shampoo bottles you go through in a year. Because the bottle is filled with liquid, you’d go through it quicker than you would with a solid bar of shampoo. Add to it the plastic bottles you discard — that’s a lot of plastic wastage. Shampoo bars will last you far longer and doesn’t need any plastic packaging. It’s a win-win situation for both your wallet and the environment.

The idea of taking a soap bar to your hair may sound less than appealing. But once you get used to it, it’ll become like second nature. Either rub in circular motions over your wet hair or lather between your hands and massage into your scalp. It’s that easy. Now that you’ve swapped out your shampoo for a more sustainable one, how about trying out these vegan beauty brands that you can get in Malaysia?

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.