The concept of beauty has evolved; thankfully, consumers today are aware of the product composition and keener to make safer choices. Terms like cruelty-free, eco-friendly, safe and sustainable have found their due meaning in the burgeoning Indian beauty industry and aren’t tagged as trends anymore. With more homegrown brands launching safer formulations in sustainable packaging, shampoo bars have become one of the most sought-after eco-friendly beauty switches one can commit to.
While we all love our favourite bottle of shampoo and conditioner, the conscious shift to shampoo bars is making a difference in the hair care industry. Remember our grandmothers reaching out for the OG Shikhakai soap bar for hair? It would be safe to say that we are going back to our roots and this change is for good!
Case in point: shampoo bars are back in business and they are better than before. So, what is it about these solid bars that they’ve shimmied their way to the top of our beauty shelf? And, are the benefits strong enough to kick out the liquid shampoo bottles forever?
Benefits of Using Shampoo Bars
Convenient and Easy To Carry: They are smaller in size ompared to shampoo bottles and can be carried around easily. Also, if you fear pulling a ‘Ross’ from the popular sitcom FRIENDS, who was fairly disappointed when his shampoo bottles leaked in his bag, shampoo bars are exactly what you need!
Minimal and Eco-friendly Packaging: The amount of plastic that ends in landfills is worrisome. And the share that comes from the beauty industry can make you cringe at your choices! Thankfully, many beauty brands have taken note of it and are taking the eco-friendly route with biodegradable packaging materials and sustainability campaigns like refilling and recycling empty jars. However, shampoo bars come in minimal packaging that can be easily recycled with minimum or no wastage.
Safer Ingredients: It’s a double win with shampoo bars; the wax and essential oils used to make a bar are not only safe for your scalp and hair but also for the environment. The washed-off soap eventually goes in a drain which at some point gets released into an open land area. Safer, biodegradable ingredients will be gentle on the environment too and that’s a plus!
5 Shampoo Bars You Can Invest In
Earth Rhythm Murumuru Shampoo Bar
Perfect for curly hair, this one tames frizz and softens hair strands. No-nasties, cute packaging, and a homegrown brand, there’s a high possibility for you reaching out for this brand more than once. Also, it comes in a tin box that can be reused as a daily storage option.
weDo Professional No Plastic Shampoo Bar
Vegan and cruelty-free, you’ll find your hair looking and feeling healthier after the first couple of washes. With ethically sourced ingredients and recyclable plastic packaging, this one makes for a kind switch for your hair as well as the planet. One bar will last up to 80 washes which means lesser product wastage.
L’Occitane Gentle And Balance Shampoo Bar
Coming from a French brand, this one immediately transports you to sprawling fields. With natural ingredients and relaxing properties, it makes hair soft and maintains the scalp’s pH balance. No plastic wrapping with lingering sweet fragrance, this shampoo bar lasts for a few months.
The Switch Fix Acai of Relief Shampoo Bar
This brand has nailed the concept of eco-friendly packaging. Wrapped in brown paper with a small sticker on it that reads the name of the product, it’s a cute, little shampoo bar with many benefits. The brand offers nine different variants, this one, in particular, targets hair fall and gently cleanses, strengthens, improves overall scalp health.
Juicy Chemistry Organic Shampoo Bar (Fenugreek, Brahmi And Plantain)
Handmade with no preservatives, Juicy Chemistry’s shampoo bar does what it says. Made to target dandruff and itchy scalp, it leaves the scalp cleansed and feeling fresh. If you didn’t know, Juicy Chemistry was one of the pioneers in developing innovative organic products that are safe, effective, and unique.