The 10 Best Shampoo Bars
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in March of 2020. Unlike their liquid counterparts, shampoo bars only need a little water to get hair clean. They are highly concentrated, can last up to 80 washes, and many are the equivalent of three 8-ounce bottles. The selections on this list require minimal packaging, making them an eco-friendly choice, and, since you don't have to worry about them spilling, they are travel-friendly, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
March 17, 2020:
Generally, shampoo bars fall into three categories: cold-pressed, glycerin-based, and solid surfactant. Cold-pressed bars take about three weeks to cure, so they are harder and last longer. Options like the Bamboo Earth Set are loaded with natural oils for conditioning the hair. Still, some oils tend to remain on the hair, so you may need to rinse with apple cider vinegar.
Glycerin-based bars, such as Ethnique Sweet and Spicy, are more gentle on the hair. However, they don't lather as well and don't free the hair of build-up as well as other shampoo bars. Solid surfactant shampoo bars like Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color produce a rich, creamy lather, but they tend to strip more oil from the hair, which can leave some manes feeling dry.
Most of the brands on this list offer a variety of options for specific hair issues like dandruff, damaged, oily, and limp hair. Keep in mind, your hair may undergo an adjustment period, and if you choose to combine the bars with other products, it may take a little trial and error before you discover the combination that works best for you.
Little Goat Soap Company Goat’s Milk and Neem Shampoo Bar The Little Goat Soap Company Goat’s Milk and Neem Shampoo Bar is made specifically to soothe sensitive scalps. It lathers easily, rinses well, and leaves hair soft without the use of conditioner. thelittlegoatsoapcompany.co.uk
Humankind Humankind's shampoo bars are loaded with a blend of scalp-healing oils and root cleansing extracts that leave the hair squeaky clean. byhumankind.com
Christophe Robin Christophe Robin shampoo bars work well for every type of hair texture. The hydrating shampoo bar is formulated with aloe, natural glycerin, and castor oil and contains no parabens, silicones, or sulfates. christopherobin.com