6 Vegan and Plastic Free Shampoo-Bars for Your Precious Hair

Common cosmetic products consist largely of water and, due to their liquid, creamy or gel-like consistency, usually require heavy packaging. Shampoos, lotions and creams therefore generate a lot of unnecessary plastic waste. Many hair-care products also contain microplastics in a wide variety of forms that people would rather not smear on their skin or hair.

The zero-waste alternative to conventional hair care products are hair soaps and shampoo bars that are easy to make yourself. If you want to buy the sustainable hair care ready-made, you can find plastic-free products in many unpackaged stores and online stores. Here are some natural shampoo bars.

Let’s have a look!

1. Stop The Water While Using Me 
Waterless Shampoo Bar

Ethics: The Shampoo Bar from “Stop The Water While Using Me”, is protecting our precious resource and completely producing it without water. Instead, the company rely on high-quality and 100% natural ingredients in the production of the soap-free piece of shampoo.

Effect: Cleansing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Paraffin Free, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Silicone Free

2. Sante 
Organic-Mango & Aloe Vera Shampoo Bar

Ethics: “Care for you and the World”. Sante is committed to the environment, the planet and the well-being of animals. The products, as well as shampoo bars are made with natural ingredients and certified quality standards.

Effect: mild and moisturizing

Hair Type: For dry hair

Features: Plant based, cruelty free, vegan, silicone Free, sustainable packaging.

3. Lamazuna Shampoo Bar

Ethics: “Lamazuna, avant-gardiste par nature”. The French company is producing innovative, natural cosmetics that combine quality, people and nature. All of their cosmetics are organic, fairly produced, vegan and plastic-free!

Effect: mild and moisturizing

Hair Type: For dry hair

Features: Vegan, Palm oil free, produced in france, organic.

4. BadeFee 
Shampoo Bar, Flower Garden

Ethics: “Bathe yourself beautifully”. Selected, natural ingredients, loving and an eye for details. Almost all products are made in their own small manufactory. Under strict German quality standards. BadeFee has the mission to produce without animal testing using natural, predominantly vegan ingredients.

Effect: Cleansing and moisturizing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Aluminum Salt Free, Animal Test Free, Vegan, Paraben Free.

5. Meina 
Shampoo Bar, lavender and Ylan-Ylang

Ethics: Meina is offering you high quality, handmade natural cosmetics with 100% natural ingredients. They achieve this through their unique manufacturing processes, long-tested formulas (of course free of animal testing), carefully selected ingredients, and with a lot of love and passion.

Effect: Moisturizing

Hair Type: Normal and dry hair

Features: Free from silicones, parabens, sulfates, microplastics, artificial fragrances and dyes. Handmade and Palm oil free.

6. Valloloko 
Shampoo Bar, “Pure” plant based oil

Ethics: Valloloko soap bars are handmade in Germany. The oils, clays, charcoal and other ingredients come from local suppliers. The company can’t stand plastic, neither inside their company or outside: Their packaging is made of paper or sugar cane.

Effect: Cleansing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Paraffin Free, Animal Test Free, Sulfate Free, Vegan, Preservative Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free

You can reduce packaging waste and other plastic products by reading the ultimate guide for a ZERO WASTE HOME:

Do you already have experience with Shampoo Bars? We are looking forward to your tips and recommendations in a comment below!

Self-made hair conditioners for a healthy shine

General hair conditioners are connected with creamy and sweet-smelling hair care products that nurture the scalp and hair in a simple and quick way after shampooing them, smoothing them and helping them to shine more.

Conventional conditioners, however, usually contain synthetic ingredients such as micro plastic and silicones. They rarely support a healing or even renewal of hair and scalp.

Yet there are a number of ways to care for hair without chemical additives using simple, natural ingredients. In this Blog post we will introduce you to simple, effective, homemade DIY- conditioners, which are healthier for the hair and less harmful to the environment.

Flaxseeds

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You probably know flaxseed as a healthy ingredient in baked goods and muesli or as a vegetable egg substitute. In addition to its use in cooking, the flaxseed gel can also be used for hair care. Flaxseed gel contains numerous nutrients that also keep hair healthy and strong – including magnesium, selenium, copper and omega-3 fatty acids. Using a leave-in conditioner with flaxseed gel, the active ingredients can have a particularly intensive effect on the hair.

Following ingredients are needed:

-35-40 g flaxseed (-> International shipping)

-500 ml tap or distilled water 1-2 tbsp.

-hair-conditioning vegetable oil optional, essential oil for even more care – for example, lavender, peppermint or rosemary

-optional a few drops of vitamin E oil to protect the ingredients from oxidation

Apple cider vinegar

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For those who use hair care alternatives such as hair soap, an acid rinse is an ideal addition to smooth the outer layer of the hair, which has been roughened by the alkaline effect of the soap. It removes soap and lime residues from the hair, providing shine and a stronger (natural) hair color, making conventional conditioners unnecessary.

Following ingredients are needed:

-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (contains especially many vitamins and minerals that additionally nourish the hair), raspberry vinegar or wine vinegar

-500 ml tap or distilled water (as needed)

-optional 5 drops of essential oil for even more care – for example lavender, peppermint, rosemary.

Herbal nutrition for your hair

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Various herbs and their care properties These herbs are particularly suitable for the preparation of a herbal vinegar as a hair rinse:

Nettle gives hair more shine, helps against slightly greasy hair, itchy scalp, dandruff and hair loss; has a slightly darkening effect (not suitable for blond hair)

Chamomile helps against greasy and inflamed scalp; brightens blond and white hair Nasturtium promotes hair growth; acts against dandruff and hair loss

Lavender soothes irritated and dry scalp; helps with damaged hair; acts against dandruff (not suitable for blond hair) Peppermint has a refreshing effect; helps against irritated, itchy scalp and against dandruff

Rosemary helps with hair loss and oily scalp; makes blond hair look slightly reddish

Sage has a soothing effect on itchy or oily scalp, is effective against greasy hair, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and strengthens the hair

For a hair rinse with herbal vinegar or just herbs:

-1 handful of herbs of your choice, dried or fresh

-250 ml apple cider vinegar, you can fill the ingredients into a jar with a capacity of 300-500 ml

If you liked the recipes and want to try it yourself, we are of course very happy. We’re excited to hear about your experiences with the new homemade DIY-conditioner, share them with us and other readers below in the comments.

Which hair conditioner works best for your hair? Feel free to share your experience in a comment below!