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How to Choose Your Shampoo Bar

Ditch the bottle, go for the bar!

So, you’ve decided a shampoo bar is in your future—excellent choice!

These compact bars last up to 80 to 100 washes and eliminate the need for plastic bottles, so they’re not only convenient for you, but great for the environment, too. There’s just one problem: with so many shampoo bars to choose from, how do you pick the right one?

Each bar is crafted with a unique blend of ingredients that’ll leave your hair looking and feeling its best, whatever that means to you. Read on for a few tips on how to choose the shampoo bar that’ll make your hair dreams come true!

Get smooth and glossy

Want hair that’s soft and sleek, with no frizz or flyaways? Look to ingredients like nut butters, oils, glycerin and seaweed–they’re nourishing, softening and will help your hair hold on to the moisture that makes it silky smooth.

Hair feeling a little damaged? Try Coconut Rice Cake—a shampoo bar filled with an intensely hydrating combination of cocoa butter, coconut milk and creamed coconut to breathe new life into dry, brittle hair.

On a quest for stronger, shinier, softer hair? Jason And The Argan Oil may be the one for you. As the name suggests, this one’s loaded with Moroccan argan oil and hydrating glycerin, plus the seriously addictive lemon-rose cocktail of Rose Jam perfume.

Turn up the volume

If plenty of volume or a squeaky-clean feeling is what you’re after, look for shampoo bars with citrus ingredients, herbs or sea salt. These natural cleansers will leave your hair feeling light and lively, and your scalp fresh, clean and perfectly balanced.

Montalbano Shampoo Bar has a trifecta of deep-cleansing lemony goodness: lemon juice, lemon peel and lemon oil—all to keep hair clean, fresh and shiny without any added weight. How can a simple lemon work so much magic? Lemons smooth down the hair’s cuticle, allowing more light to reflect off each strand: voila, shine for days!

For big, beachy hair with lots of shine, check out Seanik. Mineral-rich sea salt infuses volume while Irish Moss gel and nori seaweed soften. This one has similar effects to our bestselling Big Shampoo!

Feeling torn between the two? Flyway Hair offers a grease-fighting and volume-boosting combination of naturally cleansing lemon oil, as well as coarse sea salt to lift roots. Plus plenty of Roman chamomile oil to soothe sensitive scalps.

Finally, New Shampoo Bar’s spicy cinnamon lathers leave your scalp feeling tingly-fresh! Stimulating clove and peppermint are blended with nettles and rosemary to soothe irritated scalps and leave locks shiny and soft.

One bar replaces up to three 250ml bottles of liquid shampoo.

Angel Hair, Coconut Rice Cake and Flyway Hair Shampoo Bars featured over a pink background.

Calm, cool and collected

If your scalp tends to be temperamental, we know that shampooing can be a less-than-pleasant experience. Calming essential oils like lavender, rose, chamomile and soothing ingredients like oat milk and honey are ideal for appeasing upset scalps, while keeping hair in tip-top shape too.

Inspired by our bestselling honey-toffee soap, Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar uses soothing, softening fair trade honey and gently cleansing bergamot oil to leave your scalp feeling calm, cool and collected, and your hair soft and smelling like a sweet dessert.

Love a gentle floral scent that won’t mess with your head? Angel Hair is made with a blend of rose water, ylang ylang and plenty of hydrating cocoa butter to keep dry hair happy and sensitive scalps cool, calm and collected. Plus the beautiful fragrance lightly perfumes your hair for the whole day.

Dealing with a dry, flaky or sensitive scalp? Soak and Float to the rescue! A soothing blend of cade oil and rose oil soothes irritation on the scalp, giving a much-needed bit of relief to a hurtin’ head. This one’s been a customer fave for ages—find out what all the fuss is about!

A purple wonder, our Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar clarifies congested or oily scalps with juniper berry oil. A herbal duo of lavender and rosemary soothe and calm the skin and senses while gently cleansing.

Check out our entire range of shampoo bars to find your perfect fit. Still not sure which shampoo bar is right for you? Head to your local shop, visit our website or connect with a personal shopper. We're here to help with hair product recommendations, consultations and guidance with gift shopping. Call, text or chat with us!

You can also learn how to use our shampoo bars here.