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Using shampoo bars on red hair

In a bid to help save the planet, we’re all thinking more and more about cutting down on our plastic waste. Beauty products are a major culprit, so cutting down on bottles, tubes and tubes is important to many. Hair products in particular are a big player here, which is why it’s no surprise that bar shampoos are becoming more and more popular these days.

Many bar shampoos are also all-natural too, which is great for your hair as they don’t strip your strands of their natural oils, like detergent-based products often do.

So if you’re moving over to all-natural hair products, we’ve one important thing to note: switching over can often trigger a ‘transition period’ for your hair. This isn’t always the case, but what it means is your hair takes a few washes to adjust to your new all-natural routine.

Everyone’s hair is different, but some side short-term side effects can include increased greasiness, increased dryness, or it may just feel waxy or coated. The important thing to remember is that this feeling will only last a few washes before your hair gets used to the all-natural life. Sure, the lathering is not as quick and simple to achieve as your chemical-based products, but your red hair will thank you in the long run.

Here’s our round-up of some bar shampoos suitable for use on red hair; some with extra-special conditioning powers, others with colour-enhancing ones.



Funky Soap Henna Shampoo: £5

Ideal for strengthening and adding shine. After prolonged use it can also enhance natural red highlights.


The Natural Soap Company in Tropical Coconut: £4.50

Nourishes every strand from root to tip by using coconut milk, castor oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter.


Lush Honey I Washed My Hair: £7.50

Recommended for adding softness and shine to your hair. Contains safe synthetics and lathers like a dream. Also smells delicious.


Top tip: if you have hard water, add a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice to your palms before lathering up the bar shampoo to help the bubbles.


Enhance and care for red hair using Gingerful

Created for redheads, by redheads.