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​  Shampoo Bars are the Perfect Hair-Care Travel Option

​ Shampoo Bars are the Perfect Hair-Care Travel Option

Posted by Nataly Komova, fitness and nutritionist expert, Human Nutrition & Health, BSc Hons on Apr 18, 2023

Shampoo bars are a relatively new addition to the hair care industry, but they are quickly gaining popularity among travelers due to their convenience, eco-friendliness, and effectiveness. In this guide, we will explore why shampoo bars are a great option for travelers and provide tips on how to choose the best one for your needs.

What are shampoo bars?

Shampoo bars are solid bars of specially formulated soap that are used for washing hair. They are typically made from natural ingredients such as plant-based oils, essential oils, and other ingredients that are beneficial for hair health. Unlike traditional liquid shampoos, shampoo bars do not require plastic packaging, which makes them more environmentally friendly.

Why are shampoo bars good for travelers?

They are compact and lightweight

One of the most significant advantages of shampoo bars is that you do not have to worry about a liquid going through a security checkpoint. They are also compact and lightweight, making them perfect for travelers. Since they are solid, they take up less space in your luggage compared to liquid shampoos. This means that you can pack more items in your suitcase without having to worry about exceeding the liquid volume limit.

Woman walking through Airport

They are convenient

Shampoo bars are incredibly convenient for travelers since they do not require any additional equipment or tools. All you need is a bar of shampoo and water to wash your hair. This is especially helpful if you are camping or staying in a location where there is limited access to a shower or other amenities.

They are eco-friendly

Shampoo bars are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional liquid shampoos. Since they do not require plastic packaging, they are better for the environment. In addition, many shampoo bars are made from natural ingredients, which means they are biodegradable and do not contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment.

How to choose the best shampoo bar for travel

3 shampoo bar set by Aquarian bath

When choosing a shampoo bar for travel, there are several factors to consider. Here are some tips to help you choose the best shampoo bar for your needs:

Consider your hair type

Just like traditional shampoos, shampoo bars are formulated for different hair types. If you have dry hair, look for a shampoo bar that contains moisturizing ingredients such as Henna or Aloe. If you have oily hair, look for a shampoo bar that contains ingredients such as tea tree oil or rosemary oil that can help to balance the oil production in your scalp.

Look for natural ingredients

One of the main advantages of shampoo bars is that they are made from natural ingredients. When choosing a shampoo bar, look for one that contains natural ingredients such as essential oils, plant-based oils, Organic oils, and other ingredients that are good for hair health. Avoid shampoo bars that contain synthetic ingredients like SLS or harsh chemicals that can damage your hair.

Consider the size and weight

Since shampoo bars are compact and lightweight, it is important to choose one that is the right size and weight for your needs. If you are traveling for an extended period, consider purchasing multiple shampoo bars that will last for the duration of your trip. If you are traveling for a shorter period, a smaller shampoo bar may be sufficient.

Check the fragrance

Shampoo bars are available in a range of scents, from citrus to lavender. When choosing a shampoo bar, consider the scent and choose one that suits your preferences. If you have sensitive skin, look for a fragrance-free shampoo bar.

Read reviews

Before purchasing a shampoo bar, read reviews from other travelers who have used the product

This will give you an idea of the effectiveness of the shampoo bar and whether it is suitable for your hair type. Look for reviews that mention the lather, scent, and how well the shampoo bar cleanses hair.

Consider packaging

While shampoo bars are eco-friendly since they don't require plastic packaging, it is important to consider how the bar is packaged when you purchase it. Some shampoo bars come wrapped in plastic, which defeats the purpose of using a plastic-free alternative. Look for shampoo bars that are packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials. Aquarian Bath shampoo bars are available naked or in biodegradable cellophane bags.

Consider multi-use bars

If you are looking to save space in your luggage, consider purchasing a multi-use shampoo bar that can be used as a body wash or facial cleanser as well. This will eliminate the need for multiple products and reduce the amount of space needed in your luggage.

Tips for using shampoo bars while traveling

Shampoo bar and soap saver set

Wet hair thoroughly

Before using a shampoo bar, wet your hair thoroughly to ensure the shampoo bar lathers properly. Make sure your hair is completely saturated with water.

Rub the shampoo bar into your hair

To create a lather, rub the shampoo bar into your hair until it forms a creamy lather. Work the lather into your hair, starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends.

Massage your scalp

Use your fingertips to massage the shampoo bar into your scalp to help stimulate blood flow and remove any dirt or buildup. Focus on the areas where you tend to get the most buildup, such as around the hairline and at the nape of your neck.

Rinse thoroughly

Rinse your hair thoroughly to ensure that all the shampoo has been removed. Make sure there are no traces of shampoo left in your hair as this can lead to buildup and make your hair look greasy.

Use a conditioner

If your hair tends to be dry or frizzy, consider using a conditioner after washing your hair with a shampoo bar. Look for a lleave-in conditioner that is compatible with your shampoo bar, or use a traditional liquid conditioner if you prefer.

Allow the bar to dry before packing

After using a shampoo bar, allow it to dry completely before packing it away in your luggage. This will prevent the bar from becoming mushy and help it last longer. You can store the shampoo bar in a soap saver in between uses. 


Shampoo bars are an excellent alternative to traditional liquid shampoos, especially for travelers. They are compact, lightweight, eco-friendly, and long-lasting. When choosing a shampoo bar for travel, consider your hair type, natural ingredients, size and weight, scent, packaging, and reviews. Follow the tips for using shampoo bars while traveling to ensure that you get the most out of your shampoo bar. With the right shampoo bar, you can maintain healthy, clean hair while on the go without sacrificing space in your luggage or the environment.

Nataly Komova, fitness and nutritionist expert

Human Nutrition & Health, BSc Hons

Company: JustCBD