They are environmentally friendly
This is by far the number one benefit that people have in mind when they make the switch to bar shampoos and conditioners. Because they do not require plastic packaging, they are much better for the environment than their liquid shampoo counterparts. It is estimated that 299 million Americans use shampoo. Arguably, most of these people are using some form of bottled product.
This equates to about 1 billion shampoo bottles a year, which is approximately 115,000 plastic bottles being bought every hour. Fewer than half of the bottles bought (data from 2016) were collected for recycling, and That means the majority of plastic water bottles sold in America ended up in landfills or in the ocean.
A single plastic bottle can take 450+ years to decompose, and shampoo bars drastically reduce this plastic bottle waste. Shampoo Bars can be a great way to reduce the carbon footprint while improving hair health and hygiene.
They are gentle
Shampoo bars do not contain harsh surfactants like sulfates (SLS) and chemicals like parabens. Harsh chemicals can damage the hair and strip away naturally moisturizing essential oils. It can be challenging to make and sustain a switch to a more sustainable choice if you feel you are leaving that choice for something less effective.
They look better in the bathroom
Try to look in a good interior design magazine, do you see any plastic bottles anywhere? Absolutely not, you will never see one, as most designers and architects find them quite cheap and ugly. Shampoo bars help create a minimalist aesthetic in your shower/bathroom by reducing the cluttered look of bottles and their unattractive design. A shampoo bar in a beautiful wooden soap dish will make your bathroom look elegant and modern.
Shampoo Bars are Long Lasting
One shampoo bar can last approximately 80 to 90 washes, equivalent to 2 to 3 bottles of liquid shampoo! No more need to shop that frequently. Because shampoo bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos and conditioners, you can use less per application and last longer. Look at a bottle of shampoo or conditioner in your shower, and the first ingredient you will see is water. This explains why you typically need a healthy dollop of product to get the performance you want. Shampoo bars are like bottled ones, but with fewer preservatives as the water comes directly from your shower.
They are much more natural
Many traditional bottle shampoos are filled with preservatives and chemicals that strip hair of its natural oils and leave the scalp dry. Shampoo bars contain many more natural ingredients that are good for hair, such as natural oils, vitamins, and minerals. That is why on their packaging, you will see sustainable ingredients like sunflower oil, lavender oil, olive oil, argan oil, or coconut oil, which give your hair vitality and moisture. Just make the test! Pick up any traditional shampoo and insert the long list of ingredients into the Environmental Working Group database.
Then make the comparison with a bar! www.ewg.org/skindeep/
They are Lighter
Because they are a dry version of liquid shampoos, they contain all the necessary ingredients to wash properly, but without the water. This translates into less c02 emissions linked to transportation. And who complains about a lighter shopping bag?
They smell great
Thanks to natural essential oils, your hair will never smell better once they meet a shampoo bar. Instead of using a synthetic fragrance, shampoo bars use natural essential oils that are good for hair and scalp and give your hair a wonderful and refreshing scent.
Sampoo Bars save space
Shampoo bars are great for saving space. Being much smaller and more lightweight than their bottled counterparts relative to the number of washings you can get from the same amount of product, shampoo bars will save space. This comes in handy in various situations, from keeping your bathroom cabinets decluttered to packing for an upcoming camping trip.
They do a lot of good to hair
Shampoo bars are packed with essential oils and other fresh/natural ingredients. In addition to relieving a dry and itchy scalp, these natural ingredients promote hair growth, create volume, increase blood circulation, and promote hair follicles’ health. Great shampoo bars leave hair feeling lightweight, clean, and full of volume. Thanks to their gentle touch the scalp feels refreshed too.
They are better for traveling
Say goodbye to clutter, plastic, travel bottles when vacationing, camping, or going to the gym – just toss your shampoo in your bag and you are ready to go.
They are multi-purpose
Shampoo bars can also be used for other purposes like washing your body, your pets or your clothes while or camping or travelling.
They are cool
Solid shampoos are the newest hair care trend that hooked many Americans from the first try. You will be looking so cool using it but do not brag to your friends…. even if you will feel a great sense of pride knowing that you are a trendsetter!
They are economical
One bar costing only slightly more than the average drug store bottle brand, this can save you big. One 3.5 OZ bar usually lasts for 2 to 3 month’s .
They are easy to use
Just lather the bar in your hands for 15 seconds, massage well the lather into your roots, rinse your hair and you are ready to go!
If you want to learn how to use a shampoo bar, check our guide here
And last: you can use them conditioner free
Since many shampoo bars contain nourishing oils like Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil and Almond Oil you can skip the conditioner to save even more money.
How great is that?