All you need to know about the plastic-free, biodegradable and eco-friendly hair care trend for men!
Shampoo bars are becoming increasingly popular, which is great! Women everywhere are ditching traditional shampoos and opting for zero-waste alternatives. They’re eco-friendly, they’re cute, they smell like flowers and gumdrops and unicorns—and some even have glitter and tiny chunks of flower petals. They’re the perfect zero-waste hair care product for women!
BUT WHAT ABOUT MEN?
Men don’t want to smell like vanilla cupcakes or unicorn farts! They can’t have sparkles and flower petals lingering on their sideburns. Their bro friends will never let them hear the end of it. But, they do want in on the zero-waste hair care movement.
Men deserve to have environmentally-friendly eco-manes just like women.
That’s why we’ve done some research, visited a bunch of manufacturer websites, and chose some of the most ethical hair care brands that cater specifically to men.
We’re talking natural, organic and vegan ingredients, zero animal testing, and plastic free packaging. Plus, some of these companies do pretty rad philanthropic work, which is pretty darn awesome, in our book.
Why Should You Switch To Shampoo Bars?
Traditional shampoos are packaged in plastic bottles, and if you take into account one bottle per person, that’s millions of shampoo bottles laying around in your local landfill…indefinitely. Why? Because as you all know, plastic doesn’t biodegrade.
Shampoo bars, however, are not packaged in plastic. In fact, most aren’t even shipped to your house in plastic. What they do get shipped in, is recyclable and biodegradable packaging that you can feel warm and gooey about; because you’re helping the planet.
They are also void of harsh chemicals and ingredients that strip your hair of its natural oils. In fact, when switching to an all natural shampoo bar, you may notice that your hair is not as dry as it normally would be after using traditional shampoo. For many people, this may take getting used to.
Shampoo bars are also suitable for beards and body. That’s right! Whereas traditional shampoo is limited to just the hair on your scalp, shampoo bars can be used for much, much more! In fact, men LOVE the new appearance and texture of their facial hair—stating that “frizz” is down by a considerable percent.
Travel & Recreation
Because shampoo bars are solid, compact, and friendly on the environment, they are excellent for travel and outdoor recreation such as camping. You can easily keep them in a soap bar travel container and not worry about spills or airport security.
How Do Shampoo Bars Work?
Shampoo bars work just like regular soap bars. You create a lather, and smear it into your wet hair (and beard). Then you just wash as you would with conventional shampoo. In fact, here’s a video tutorial that I did on my son with J•R•Liggett’s Shampoo Bar (they are so nice and sent samples!) I applied the bar to his wet hair and it started to create a rich lather immediately! Then once we rinsed it out, his hair was soft and no greasy residue remained. That’s why these are so great for travel!
Are you excited yet?
Then let’s go check them out! Try it, and if you like it, make the switch for good! Most bars will save you money because they last as long as 2-3 bottles of shampoo—provided you store them correctly. With that said, keep them on a dish soap (one with holes) so they can dry without turning to goo. For recommendations on soap trays that are best suited for shampoo bars, check out our article called “How To Store Shampoo Bars And Soap”.
All the bars chosen below are Climate Pledge Friendly, which is a sustainability certification. They’re also cruelty free and never tested on animals, just probably on bad employees.
Bossman is a rugged looking, organic 4 in 1 bar. But, despite its manly appearance, it’s actually packed full of soothing nutrients that pamper your hair, face, beard and body! It’s used as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and beard lather. If you don’t have time to watch their video [above], they go over all types of skin issues that this shampoo bar has helped people with—from acne to dandruff and psoriasis. They go on to discuss how a mom has even used it on her baby because of how gentle the ingredients are compared to traditional shampoo and baby body wash. And that is amazing.
It’s made from organic virgin coconut oil, shea butter, palm oil, safflower oil, plantain leaf powder, and cocoa powder. And, does not contain harmful chemicals and alcohols that dry out your pores.
The Cowboy Bar
The Apple Valley Natural Soap company is one of my favorite shampoo bar brands. They are certified cruelty free, and have so many cool and unique shampoo bars for both men and women. Literally, if you’re looking for a men’s shampoo bar for gray hair—they have one. Looking for a very manly “cowboy scent”? They have that too. So click on the link and check them out!
The Breakaway Bar
The men’s “breakaway” shampoo bar is really unique. For one, it’s anti-fungal, and you can break it apart into different sized pieces, which is really convenient especially if you are an avid traveler. And two, you can microwave the leftovers and form a new bar of soap. Check it out for more details.
Grown Ass Man
These Grown Ass Man shampoo bars consist of organic and vegan ingredients. The founders of this shampoo bar decided women shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to eco-friendly hair care, so they came up with an epic product that has an epic name! These bars contain essential oils, as well as conditioning oils that are great for both hair and beards. Each bar lasts as long as 2-3 bottles of shampoo.
Woody’s Hair & Body Shampoo Bar
Woody’s body and shampoo bar for men can be purchased in a single or 2 pack. “It is uniquely crafted with ingredients to nourish and soothe the skin yet bold enough to be used as a shampoo. Cover yourself from head to toe in Woody’s rich creamy lather for the ultimate once over. This dual-action product cleanses and conditions hair and body. The Shea Butter helps to hydrate and moisturize without build-up while the Tea Tree helps relieve dry skin and scalp and improve moisture balance”.
Mane Man shampoo bar is a three in one cleanser that can be used for hair, beard and body. The company sources local ingredients that are all natural and organic. The bar itself comes in compostable and biodegradable packaging to prevent plastic waste.
Duke Cannon’s Shampoo Puck
Duke Cannon’s shampoo puck is an awesome shampoo bar made of vegan ingredients. The puck comes in eco-friendly tin packaging that you can use for travel. The company also does philanthropic work; they donate 5% of all net profits to US veterans on a yearly basis. We also like this brand because they have a sense of humor: “we never test on animals, only on bad interns”.
The Shampoo Man Bar
If you love the refreshing smell of tea tree and mint, then you will love the “shampoo man bar” which creates a rich frothy lather (according to many testimonials). It’s especially great for dandruff, as tea tree contains anti-fungal properties that eliminate yeast.
J•R•Liggett’s Shampoo Bar
JR Liggett’s is a small all natural shampoo bar that is the equivalent to a 24 oz bottle of liquid shampoo. And with a blend of rich oils like Virgin Coconut, Aloe Vera, Almond Oil, and Mango Butter, it nourishes your hair and leaves it incredibly soft. In fact, the manufacturer claims that you will no longer need conditioner.
VooDoo Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo Bar
The VooDoo shampoo bar is made from activated charcoal and is great for people who suffer from dandruff and psoriasis. And because charcoal is known for its ability to whiten (which is why it is becoming a popular ingredient in whitening toothpastes), it gradually lightens your hair’s natural highlights over time!
BRÖÖ Beer Shampoo Bar
Contrary to the name, the detoxifying charcoal BRÖÖ shampoo bar does not smell of beer. It is, however, made with nourishing B vitamins that are found in real craft beer!
ResidentD Hair Darkening Shampoo Bar
The organic darkening shampoo bar by ResidentD is great for men who want to darken their grays naturally. This shampoo bar also contains organic ingredients like ginger that promote hair follicle growth and fight dandruff due to its inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s a really great shampoo bar to try if you have scalp problems and want to reverse some time as well!
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