While certain world leaders still insist that climate change is a cause invented by hippies, one that does not pose any actual threat, we, the people, know better.
We know that it is high time to start changing our attitude and approach to consumption in favour of sustainability, and we’re all trying to do our part in making this change happen. It’s a simple question of looking at the facts and taking little or big steps towards betterment.
One way many of us have hopped on the sustainable bandwagon is by becoming more conscious about our choices in terms of food, fashion, beauty, and hair products. If we have a choice between yoghurt stored in plastic or glass pots, we’ll opt for the glass.
We hit the boot fairs and second-hand shops and upcycle our old clothes instead of buying into fast fashion. We buy local produce instead of tomatoes shipped in from Argentina. And we pay special attention to the ingredients and packaging used for our skin, hair and beauty products.
More and more skin and hair care brands are favouring all-natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging and a sustainable business model, and these are exactly the kind of brands we should be buying into.
One of the most popular alternatives to shampoos and conditioners stored in plastic bottles is shampoo or conditioner bars. They have the same cleansing and nourishing effect on your hair, without the negative environmental impact of its packaging.
Many members of the curly-haired community seem to be under the impression that shampoo and conditioner bars are not appropriate for locks and yet, nothing could be further from the truth!
In fact, these bars could actually up your curl game – whether you’re natural, transitioning or heat-styling your hair. Check out these four moisturizing conditioner bars for curly hair and chances are, you’ll never go back to regular shampoos and conditioners.
The Natural Spa – Lavender & Lime Plastic Free Conditioner Bar
For a 100% plastic-free approach to skin and haircare, look into the Devon-based company, The Natural Spa, which is dedicated to sustainability, natural ingredients and a zero-waste business approach.
These Lavender & Lime Conditioner Bars are suitable for all hair and curl types and fit in wonderfully with the CGM. Each ingredient is handpicked, and each conditioner bar is handmade with the utmost love and care.
This rosemary and lime-scented conditioner bar offers a deep cleansing experience and a lasting feeling of refreshment, whilst giving your curls the moisturizing boost they need to thrive.
The rosemary increases blood circulation to the scalp and promotes hair growth, making your curls strong and resistant to breakage and damage, whereas the lavender has a soothing effect on the scalp and a calming effect on the soul.
Funky Soap – Solid Conditioner Bar for Dry Hair
A common misconception about shampoos and conditioners is that they need to lather and foam in order to be effective. It’s not just that we love that delicious lather and how soft it feels on our hands, we believe it’s what truly makes these products work.
Give this Solid Conditioner Bar from Funky Soap a try, and you’ll see that your hair care products don’t need to work up a great leather to work wonders on your curls.
Made with cocoa butter, grapeseed, avocado and lavender oil, this conditioner contains all the moisturizing ingredients needed to make your hair smooth, soft and shiny, without the foam we have become so accustomed to.
Handmade in London using 100% natural ingredients, the Funky Soap Conditioner Bar is free from artificial colours and fragrances, as well as parabens. This product is vegan and economical, lasting up to three months depending on your daily/weekly hair care routine.
Allouli – Organic Conditioner Bar with Vitamin C
One of the things the curly community is always on the lookout for are haircare products that are free of sulphates, silicones, and parabens, as these tend to strip our hair from its natural oils.
If you were under the impression no-poo shampoos and conditioners are not available in a solid bar form, you’ll be happy to know you are wrong. As it turns out, most conditioner bars are free from poo, including the Allouli Organic Conditioner Bar with Vitamin C.
Featuring rich, antioxidant green tea and other natural extracts and the refreshing scent of organic tangerine, this conditioner strengthens your hair roots and keeps your hair pores oiled without any signs of greasiness.
This super moisturizing conditioner protects your curls from nutrient loss and keeps it properly hydrated between washes. Eco-friendly and anti-allergenic, the Allouli Organic Conditioner Bar is appropriate for all curl types.
Wishwin – Organic Coconut Conditioner Bar for Colour-Treated Hair
Completely free of chemicals and preservatives, each ingredient present in the Wishwin Organic Coconut Conditioner Bar for Colour-Treated Hair was carefully extracted from organic plants for the gentlest of haircare.
The organic coconut oil is deeply hydrating, leaving colour or heat-treated curls feeling moisturized and soft. It has the power to revive dry and brittle hair, without fading your colour treatment, but will leave you with a healthy shine instead.
This conditioner bar can be used as a shampoo, (leave-in) conditioner and even body soap and is appropriate for all hair and curl types.
It may take some time to get accustomed to conditioning without lather, especially as, initially, it can feel quite dry. Once you see and feel the end results, however, you’ll know this conditioner bar does what it promises.
It is also worth noting that, the tendency is to use a lot, most likely in an effort to compensate for the lack of foam and lather. This is not necessary and could end up having adverse effects, leaving your hair looking greasy and wet even after it has dried.
You really don’t need to apply much of this solid conditioner for a thorough, moisturizing cleanse. Simply work a bit of the conditioner into your ends and your roots, let it absorb, then rinse for the best results.