If you’ve been following me for a bit, you’ll know that I am working towards leading a more sustainable lifestyle. (If you’re new – checkout my other experiences here.) Since most of the cosmetic and FMCG brands are yet to move to more sustainable packaging – we continuously keep adding to our plastic waste everytime we discard our old plastic shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles. Additionally, traditional shampoos and conditioners still have unsustainable palm oil, SLSs and other sulfates which aren’t good for the planet. Hence in December I moved to shampoo and conditioner bars.
HOW DO THEY HELP THE ENVIRONMENT-
- Less plastic waste. (Please note: before you buy your shampoo/conditioner bar verify that it doesn’t come in a plastic wrapping. Opt for the tin packaging for easier storage.)
- Less chemicals and unsustainable products in the water chain.
- Ofcourse the main pro is that it helps the environment and is a small but sure way to reduce your plastic wastage.
- Most shampoo bars are SLS and paraben free and have a lot of good natural ingredients in them. I know a lot of people scoff at natural products but when formulated correctly natural products work wonders. Also, it is my personal opinion that products work differently for different people – you just need to find the one that works for you.
- The shampoo I chose worked wonders to enhance my naturally curly hair – my curls looked so gorgeous after every wash. It didn’t dry out my hair and make them frizzy like most shampoos do or maybe the conditioner just conditioned my hair brilliantly.
- Long lasting – The shampoo and conditioner bar lasted me the three months (I wash my hair twice a week) and will probably last me another month.
- Hair gets entangled in the bar and is hard to remove without losing product.
- If you store your shampoo and conditioner near the shower – make sure to keep them dry. Once I didn’t notice that my shampoo tray had accumulated a little water. I noticed during my next shower but the shampoo bottom had melted (I don’t know the right term for it) into a mush – which was gross! Best would be to use a tray with holes to let water through.
- Just to be super honest – the shampoo doesn’t leave your scalp squeaky clean. I do have a flaky scalp which can get dandruff-y if I don’t wash my hair for a bit – I’ve noticed that the shampoo doesn’t do the best job in removing the flakes. (TMI?) I am not even talking about full blown dandruff – a few flakes here and there. I need to wash my hair 2/3 times to get them out. But that in turn makes my scalp drier and more prone to flaking. I’m not sure how effective it will be with oiled hair – mainly because SLS and paraben free shampoos don’t do the best job in removing oil. But this could just be the issue with the particular shampoo bar that I used.
- Difficult to travel with – I didn’t take them with me while traveling. I’d appreciate a travel size shampoo and conditioner bar with tin boxes to make it easier to carry around.
- Using these products made me feel good about myself – both from the perspective of helping the environment as well as how they made my hair look.
- I am definitely going to give other shampoo and conditioner bars a chance – I want to try out a few from other local Indian brands and hope I find one that does a good job of protecting my curls as well as cleaning my scalp.
Are you looking to move to more sustainable products? Sustainable shampoo and conditioner is an easy way to start! Have you tried any sustainable products? Did you like them?
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