The Best Shampoo Bar Is Better for the Environment and the TSA
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The best shampoo bar has some real advantages. Of course, bar soap vs. body wash is one of those age-old rivalries, like Michigan vs. Ohio State, Montague vs. Capulet, Alien vs. Predator. But luckily, whichever side you take in this liquid-against-solid detergent debate, you usually win regardless—assuming the product’s formula works well. That’s at the heart of a new debate that’s dividing shower aficionados nationwide: Liquid Shampoo vs. Shampoo Bar. And no, the latter does not involve rubbing a brick of soap against your head. The best shampoo bar does resemble an everyday bar of body soap, but they’re made to actually do a good job washing your hair, which plain-old soap will not. And because they don’t need plastic packaging, they’re much better for the environment. And they’re also much easier to get onto a plane.
Given all of those advantages, we rounded up the very best shampoo bars on the market right now.
How to Use a Shampoo Bar
Get your hair wet in the shower. Then, take the shampoo bar in your wet palms and build a lather just as you would with a bar of body soap. Some people like to massage the bar onto their hair directly, but we only suggest doing this if you have really short hair, to avoid any pulling and unnecessary friction (especially since hair is most fragile when wet).
Once you have the lather forming in your hands, it should transfer easily to your hair, which is then the opportune time to multiply it, as you massage the scalp and evenly distribute the product throughout all of your strands.
Rinse cleanly, follow with a conditioner, and repeat use every 2-3 days or as needed.
The Best Shampoo Bars
If you are try-curious about shampoo solids, then consider these bars first.