We love shampoo bars! And switching from bottled shampoo to bars of shampoo is a quick and easy way to reduce your use of plastics and help beat plastic pollution.
Shampoo bars are brilliant for travelling too as they take up less space and weight than conventional shampoo bottles, with no risk of spillages.
They also tend to last a long, long time – so can be excellent value for money.
Getting used to solid shampoo can take some time – but stick with it. Many liquid shampoos leave a build-up of chemical residues on the hair, and strip the hair of its natural oils. To counter this, the scalp reacts by secreting excess oil. It takes a while for your scalp to stop doing this when you switch to a natural shampoo – so your hair may not feel at its best for a week or too.
But once your hair has adjusted to the lack of chemicals it should settle down – in fact you may find that you don't need to wash your hair as frequently as you used to. Allow up to two weeks for your hair to adjust – your scalp will thank you!
There are plenty of solid shampoo bars on the market – you may need to try a few before you find one that suits you.
Here are four of our favourite shampoo bars.