8 Plastic-Free Shampoo Bars & Conditioner Bars To Smile About

The amount of plastic we use daily is astounding, and certainly not sustainable. At some point, we’ll have to make some adjustments to our routine in order to protect both ourselves and the environment – and switching to plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars is one way to help. 

If you’re trying to learn how to reduce plastic use, or simply searching for healthier (read: chemical-free) products for your hair, using plastic-free beauty products is a great start. 

But what is plastic-free shampoo, exactly? And which plastic-free products are best for your hair type? Today, I’ll introduce you to the world of plastic-free beauty so you can feel right at home with my beauty bars. 

What is plastic-free shampoo?

Plastic-free shampoo is shampoo that doesn’t use any plastic packaging or bottles. Because it would be tricky to package liquid shampoo without a bottle, plastic-free shampoo often comes in the form of a solid shampoo bar

Plastic-free shampoo bars are concentrated products that don’t contain any water like a liquid shampoo. Instead, you add water to them while showering to work up a lather. This makes them waterless beauty products as well as being plastic-free!

You can also get conditioner in solid beauty bar form. Since plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars don’t come in bottles, you can transport them in an environmentally friendly travel soap case instead.

My aluminum travel tins are the perfect carrying cases for plastic-free shampoo and conditioner, and come in a range of fun colors so you can easily identify every product in your hair routine. 

When you aren’t on the go, it’s better to leave your solid beauty products on a mini bar soap holder instead of in their travel tins so they can dry out better between washes. This ensures the products dry properly and last to their full potential, and you can utilize every last bit of your shampoo and conditioner. 

But why is switching to plastic-free products so important? Let’s take a look.

Why use plastic-free shampoo and conditioner?

Every year, we produce almost 360 million tons of plastic trash, and as the population rises, the amount of trash is going to grow exponentially. 

Worst of all? It can take up to 450 years for a single plastic bottle to decompose. That is simply not sustainable!

Luckily, there are lots of ways to learn how to reduce waste in our daily lives. While switching to plastic-free beauty products won’t completely solve the problem, it is a big step in the right direction. 

Just think how many shampoo and conditioner bottles you go through in a year. Now multiply that by every person on the Planet! If we all switched to solid beauty products, it could make a huge difference in the plastic problem. 

But what plastic free beauty-products should you choose? Here are some of my favorites:

8 plastic-free shampoo & conditioner bars for every hair type

At Bars Over Bottles, I have a plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bar for every need and hair goal. Here are my favorite beauty bars, and the hair type I recommend them for:

1. My Moisturizing Shampoo Bar

Best for: curly or hair
Smells like: citrus and cedar

If you’re looking for the best shampoo and conditioner for curly hair, your search starts here! This deliciously moisturizing shampoo is the absolutely best for curly or dry hair. 

Bars Over Bottles plastic free Moisturizing Shampoo Bar

Who says shampoo needs to dry out your hair? My Moisturizing Shampoo Bar uses buriti oil to keep your hair shiny and hydrated, and since it’s a shikakai shampoo, it acts as a natural curl memorizer, too. 

Best yet, this shampoo bar helps repair internal and external damage with phytokeratin, so your hair is healthy, strong, and frizz-free. 

2. My Detox Shampoo Bar

Best for: all hair types
Smells like: eucalyptus and peppermint

Over time, pollution, hair products, and impurities can build up on your hair. And sometimes, the average shampoo just can’t cut it. While you might be tempted to reach for a clarifying shampoo on those days, the answer is actually a detox shampoo!

Bars Over Bottles Detox Shampoo Bar

If your strands are feeling greasy, lifeless, or weighed down, it might be time for a detox. My Detox Shampoo Bar removes dirt and buildup without stripping your natural oils like a clarifying shampoo would. You can think of it like a shampoo PLUS for your hair. 

This plastic-free shampoo bar works using activated charcoal to bind and remove impurities and clay to balance out your natural oils and protect against bacteria and other scalp irritants. It can even improve your scalp circulation, leaving you with stronger, healthier (and itch-free) hair. 

3. My Nourishing Shampoo Bar

Best for: balanced to dry hair
Smells like: floral ylang ylang and geranium

Bars Over Bottles Nourishing  Shampoo Bar

The next plastic-free shampoo on my list is the best shampoo for dry hair. Meet my Nourishing Shampoo Bar. This shampoo works wonders to deeply hydrate your hair with copoasu butter, which also reduces frizz and provides beautiful volume for your tresses. 

This floral shampoo bar also contains white clay to remove dirt and product buildup, making it a great all-around shampoo for balanced hair as well. 

4. My Purifying Shampoo Bar

Best for: oily hair
Smells like: mint, lemongrass & rosemary

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite plastic-free shampoo bar for oily hair. This purifying shampoo helps to balance out your natural oil production while providing a deep and refreshing clean. 

Bars Over Bottles Purifying Shampoo Bar

My Purifying Shampoo Bar uses natural green clay to remove excess oil and impurities and soothe an irritated scalp. It can also fight against dandruff and other scalp conditions thanks to the antimicrobial properties of rosemary and lemongrass essential oils. 

If you’ve struggled with oil control in the past, this powerful plastic-free shampoo can help you break the cycle of overwashing. 

5. My Revitalizing Shampoo Bar

Best for: damaged or chemically-treated hair
Smells like: lavender and patchouli

Bars Over Bottles Revitalizing Shampoo Bar

Last on my list of plastic-free shampoos is the best shampoo for damaged hair. If your hair has become damaged from the sun, frequent heat-styling, bleach, or other chemical treatments, this shampoo bar is just the ticket. 

My Revitalizing Shampoo Bar contains vitamin B5 and phytokeratin to give your hair the nutrients it needs to repair damage inside and out. It is also deeply moisturizing, so split-end and frizzy hair days can be a thing of the past. 

6. My Moisturizing Conditioner Bar

Best for: fine, oily, or balanced hair
Smells like: mint, lemongrass & rosemary

Bars Over Bottles Moisturizing Conditioner Bar

If you have fine or oily hair, many conditioners can be too heavy for you. In this case, you could really benefit from a lightweight conditioner. Despite how its name might sound, my Moisturizing Conditioner Bar is incredibly lightweight, which makes it the best bar conditioner for fine hair

This refreshing conditioner bar uses mango and sweet almond oils to provide just enough moisture without weighing down your strands, and rosemary, mint, and lemongrass essential oils will help keep your scalp healthy and naturally balance out your oil production. 

7. My Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner Bar

Best for: dry or damaged hair
Smells like: floral ylang ylang and geranium

Bars Over Bottles Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner Bar

Some of us have hair that cannot get enough moisture. Luckily, I have the best moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in my line of plastic-free products! And my Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner Bar is my favorite conditioner for dry hair and damaged hair.


This bar contains shea butter for deep, lasting hydration, and pracaxi oil to keep your hair smooth, silky, and shiny. Goodbye straw-like strands and hello supple tresses! 

8. My Curl Definer & Leave-In Conditioner Bar

Best for: curly or wavy hair
Smells like: citrus and cedar

Bars Over Bottles plastic free Curl Definer & Leave-In Conditioner Bar

Curly girls rejoice: I have the best leave-in conditioner for curly hair – and it’s plastic-free! Best yet, this conditioner bar is actually a 2-in-1 bar, so it can double as both a leave-in conditioner and a regular conditioner!

This versatile little conditioner bar helps to define your natural curls and keep them smooth and hydrated between washes. And, with phytokeratin, this product will be working on repairing and protecting your curls all the while. 

Find your perfect plastic-free routine

At Bars Over Bottles, I have the optimal shampoo and conditioner bars for every hair goal. They are full of nourishing natural ingredients that are great for both your hair and the environment.

But why stop there? I have a whole range of plastic-free skin care, hair mask bars, and even deodorants to help you take your plastic-free beauty revolution to the next level. 

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