As much as I love beauty products that come in pretty packaging, I constantly worry about what happens to them when I chuck them out. Plastic bottles and caps are toxic to the environment and it takes years for them to decompose. The good news is that these things are slowly changing. Not only customers but brands too are making a conscious effort to use environment-friendly packaging. Organic shampoo bars are a thing now and I really hope that they stay as these desi yet best shampoo bars are as good for our hair as they are for the environment.
Using a shampoo bar is surely the right decision to make, but before that, you must know about the different types of shampoo bars.
Cold-pressed shampoo bars: The cold pressed shampoo bars are home crafters and are often made of natural oils that help to condition the hair locks. Also, these shampoo bars are usually SLS free which makes it perfect to use.
Glycerin-based shampoo bars: The glycerin based shampoo bars help to balance the pH balance of the skin and is really gentle on the skin.
Solid surfactant shampoo bars: The solid surfactant shampoo bars lathers well and balances the pH level. But it contains SLS that can be irritant on sensitive skin.
Now that we know about different type of shampoo bars, let’s have a look at the difference between soap and shampoo bar.
The shampoo bars certainly have fewer oils as compared to soaps that are made to use on the body. Our skin needs extra moisture and the shampoo bars can not have extra oils is it can make hair sticky and greasy. Also, the ingredients that are used in shampoo bars are poured considering to formulate the lather and in a way that it does not weigh down the hair.
Though using normal soaps for hair will help to clean the hair, but they can be harsh on the hair and scalp which can lead to several scalp problems. SO, it is recommended to use shampoo bar as the ingredient list of both the products is very different and is made to fulfil their own purpose.
The ones mentioned in this list are not only from India, but they're made from natural ingredients too. What a time to be alive, right?
If you don't have the time to oil your hair, you can use this shampoo bar! It provides your hair with nourishment and it contains no preservatives, artificial hardeners, foaming agents and SLS. Just make sure to use a conditioner after.
Highlights: It is the perfect shampoo bar for dry hair.
Price: Rs 225. Buy it here
Do you have split ends? If so, then this is your product! Packed with Brahmi powder, lavender essential oil, jojoba oil and probiotics, your hair is going to be in for a treat. Plus, it makes hair shiny after rinsing.
Highlights: This shampoo bar for oily hair is the perfect pick to prevent split ends.
Price: Rs 325. Buy it here.
If you've recently coloured your hair and you're looking for a product that is gentle on your scalp and strands, you must try this shampoo bar. It smells of coconut and does a great job at nourishing your hair from root to tip.
Highlights: Can be used for chemically treated hair (Coloured hair)
Price: Rs 353. Buy it here.
Need a dupe for Lush shampoo bars? Well, you're looking like one. The cool part is that you can use it for both, your hair and skin. It moisturises your skin and improves the texture of your hair immensely.
Highlights: Provides extra moisture to the scalp and is the perfect shampoo bar for dry hair.
Price: Rs 1,999. Buy it here.
Has your mane started to become thin? It must lack nutrients then. This shampoo bar will help with boosting volume and make your roots long and strong. Plus, the bar of shampoo is made from a lovely blend of amla, reetha, hibiscus and rice bran oil.
Highlights: Helps to reduce hair fall and add natural bounce to the hair
Price: Rs 440. Buy it here.
This shampoo bar may not look all that great, but it has some good stuff in it. Infused with extracts from lemongrass, neem, curry leaves, amla, brahmi, lye and aqua. It smells so natural and makes your hair feel so smooth.
Highlights: Works best for normal scalp type and cleanses the hair well
Price: Rs 120. Buy it here.
If you ever have to buy a shampoo bar, start with this one. It nourishes the scalp, cleanses it from dandruff and oil. Did I mention that it makes your locks shiny too? It's pretty awesome too.
Highlights: Helps to cure dandruff and locks the shine into the hair.
Price: Rs 400. Buy it here.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and proteins, you know that this shampoo bar will do your hair good. It's a vegan product and using it daily will make your locks naturally thick, soft and gorgeous.
Highlights: Can be used for damaged hair to control the damage and split ends
Price: Rs 280. Buy it here.
Tjori ayurvedic shampoo bar for oily hair helps to make hair strong and silky. It treats hair loss and dandruff, and the best part about this shampoo bar is that it does not contain any harmful chemicals like paraben.
Highlights: This shampoo bar for oily hair helps to make the hair soft and silky
Price: Rs 399. Buy it here.
Satliva is a 100% organic shampoo bar and is enriched with argan oil and hemp seeds. Using this shampoo bar helps to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair. It also prevents the hair from excessive heat and helps to control dandruff.
Highlights: This shampoo bar for dry hair helps to tame frizzy hair and treats the split ends.
Price: Rs 379. Buy it here.
The Yellow Bird Peppermint Shampoo Bar is the perfect pick for people with sensitive skin type. This is the best shampoo bar as it does not contain chemicals and removes any residue accumulated on the scalp. Also, it contains natural ingredients like sunflower, argan, olive, coconut, jojoba, peppermint and organic palm oils etc that are really beneficial for the hair.
Highlights: Makes hair soft and silky. Also, it can be used for sensitive scalp.
Price: Rs 1,851. Buy it here.
Maple Hill Naturals Vanilla Honey And Brown Sugar Shampoo Bar cleanses the hair gently without stripping out the natural good oils from the scalp. It is an organic shampoo bar that nourishes the scalp, making hair look glossy and beautiful.
Highlights: Repairs damaged hair
Price: Rs. 1,300. Buy it here.
Answer 1- There are several benefits of using shampoo bars, given below are some of the benefits:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free shampoo bar
Cleans the scalp
Answer 2- Yes, you can surely make the best natural shampoo bar at home. Given below is a recipe that you can follow:
Pour olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, and avocado oil in a bowl
Melt the ingredients on a low heat, then wait for it to dry
Add essential oil and mix it well
Then pour it in the desired shape container to mould it
Let it take the shape and wait for at least 4-5 days.
So, these were the steps you need to follow to make the best natural shampoo bar.
Answer 3- Sodium Lauryl Sulfates is an ingredient that should not be present in a shampoo bar, though it is a cheap ingredient and can be available in common daily use soaps, toothpastes, detergents etc. This ingredient is known to cause irritation on the skin and it also known to cause cancer and affects environment terribly. So, make sure to check if the product contains sodium lauryl sulfate or not, if it contains sulfate then refrain from buying it.l
So, these were the 12 best shampoo bars in India that works just perfect to get long and glossy hair and some frequently asked questions.
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This story was updated in February 2019.
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