Lush Solid Shampoo Bars: More Than Just A Hair Hero

If you’ve ever washed your hair and felt like you’ve removed all the goodness, only leaving behind a dry mess of brittle strands that have seen better days, it may be time to ditch the traditional shampoo and opt for something all the more gentle. Lush have a huge offering of solid shampoo bars that are completely natural and equate to around two regular sized bottles of the bubbly stuff – that’s how much use you’ll get out of one little bar! Not only does that make them incredibly economical, save huge amounts of plastic as well as space in your bathroom, but a thifty way to look after your hair. One of these will set you back only in the region of a fiver, while providing specific targeted care – from the gentle formula and almond scent of Honey I Washed My Hair, to the volume-building and shine wonder of Braziliant.

Solid shampoos still aren’t as adopted as they should be in the UK, but they really can help to keep hair in tip top condition without stripping them of goodness every time you wash. Jason And The Argan Oil uses soothing rose absolute and agar gel to calm your scalp, while hardworking glycerine and argan oil tame fly-away hairs; Montalbano uses a Mediterranean blend of green olives improves the tensile strength of your locks, while rosemary absolute cleanses and refreshes your roots; Copperhead utilises Persian red henna to give endless gloss and colour to brunettes and redheads with the irresistible fragrance of roasted cocoa, coffee and vanilla.

These smell amazing, work incredibly well and last for blooming ages – but they’re not just great for your barnets. The solid shampoos make incredible cosmetic brush cleansers, as you can work your dirty tools in circular motions around the patty base to lift away foundation or powder. Some of the ‘official’ brush cleansers are really quite pricey, but these work as a much more affordable alternative; the natural ingredients not only leave brushes super clean, but feeling soft and nourished too. Just make sure you don’t pick up one intended for coloured hair or full of essential oils, or you could damage the natural hairs! These are so multi-functional and fun that there’s no reason not to pick up a few this weekend just in the name of research. It may take a while to get used to swapping a liquid for solid, but the results speak for themselves… Would you consider making the swap to a solid shampoo? 

The Lush Solid Shampoo Bars are available nationwide, priced from £5.75 each.

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  1. Emily Jayne Phillips
    March 12, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I am definitely going to be trying this – just switched to an SLS free shampoo and am loving the difference, but it's quite pricey. And, in a two birds/one stone sitch, I also can't find my favourite Clinique brush cleanser anywhere (all of the counters have been out of stock for weeks!) so this is perfectly timed!

  2. Anonymous
    March 12, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I absolutely love these! I'm currently using Seanik (the blue one with seaweed). They're so easy to use and as you said, very economical. I'm going to Thailand over summer and need to pack light so one of these will be great for that. I hadn't thought about using them for cleaning makeup brushes – great idea!

  3. Kelly G
    March 12, 2015 / 9:51 am

    Tom started using a solid shampoo bar from Lush, specifically tailored for his itchy scalp. It worked well to help the problem, but really clogged the shower up!I love the shampoo bars from Lush, along with the majority of the products they sell. 🙂

  4. aislinnv
    March 12, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    Sorry, I have to take issue with your statement that "They're obviously free from sulphates…". The first, or one of the top, ingredients on all Lush shampoo bars (and liquid shampoos) is sodium lauryl sulfate/sulphate (pick your spelling). The solid bars are free from a lot of other ingredients that some find unwelcome, so that's good.

    • London Beauty Queen
      March 12, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks for pointing it out – I think I jumped to conclusions and got a bit carried away, so have amended the post!

  5. peroxidefox
    March 12, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Just wanted to say that Lush's shampoo bars are not SLS free. In fact, it's one of the primary components in all of the bars. Nonetgeless, I do love them and the way they make my hair feel. Godiva is my favourite as the beautiful jasmine scent lasts all day.Much love,Emily>>

    • London Beauty Queen
      March 12, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks for pointing it out – I think I jumped to conclusions and got a bit carried away, so have amended the post!

    • Emily
      March 20, 2015 / 3:12 pm

      Despite it, I just wanted to say I really enjoyed this post. I think that beauty and haircare lovers need to think more about the impact they are hsving on the planet, and products such as solid shampoo can help combat the excess plastic bottled which are wasted and dumped every day. Thank you so much for helping spread awareness.Much love,Emily>>

  6. Terri Lowe
    March 12, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I do like these! They work really well and are convenient and with some I find I don't need a conditioner afterwards BUT I did find that after around 3 weeks they built up and weighed by hair down, but nothing a quick wash with a clarifying shampoo doesn't fix.

  7. Rosie
    March 12, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    I love LUSH's solid shampoo bars, I haven't used a liquid conditioner in about a year now because these are so much better. My hair has never been in such good condition.I think my favourite so far is Montalbano, it smells so fresh and makes my hair look so shiny.

  8. Chelsey1991
    March 12, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Do you need a conditioner after using these?

  9. Lily Lipstick
    March 12, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    I'd dabbled in these for a few years and have now made the switch completely – my hair is so much better, I'm definitely a convert! x LilyLipstick

  10. Anonymous
    March 13, 2015 / 12:44 am

    I love them so much. My favourites are the Jason and the Argan Oils (however, it broke apart when I first used it) and Copperhead. I am trying to go without SLS because it is super drying for my curly hair but I don't want to throw it away as my hair was extremely soft after I used it! I recommend it to all my friends!

  11. Sharon
    March 13, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Am I right assuming that you can take this in hand luggage but don't have to put them in the little bag of liquids – if so, perfect!

  12. Kiss & Make-up
    March 13, 2015 / 10:45 am

    I would love to try the one for brown hair. I've never tried a solid shampoo. But it would be great for traveling!

  13. ashleigh lawrence
    March 13, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    I use the pink one for my little boys' hair. They both have beautiful, shiny, soft blonde locks, and it also gently but effectively gets rid of their cradlecap. I also use it on my overprocessrd bleached hair, and it works wonders!

  14. Birdie
    March 14, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I've used many of the Lush bars over the years and while I've generally found them good, you do have to find the one that works for your hair and situation. For example, while I adore the scent of Karma, I found that the shampoo bar left me with a flaky scalp. However, Godiva (which smells of Jasmine and has conditioner built into it) works brilliantly and was all I needed on a 2-week trip to South Africa. I currently have a New bar, and an Ultimate Shine bar, both of which work well for me.A top tip if you're buying a round tin to use with the shampoo bar: they fit the bars snugly and because the bar gets wet when you use it, they can get stuck in the tin. Either put a piece of ribbon across the tin before you put the bar in, so you can lift the bar out, or put the bar in the lid of the tin because it has a lower rim – the bar will stand proud and you can use it with the tin lid still attached.

  15. Louise
    March 14, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Ooh I might pick up Copperhead for travelling – I hate taking up valuable space with bottles or dispensing into hand-luggage-friendly sizes. Also hadn't thought of using these for brush cleaning; that's a fab idea!Louise | Text, Pies and Videotape

  16. Sally Loving Life
    March 18, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Will these sort of shampoos work on very long hair? I imagine them to be hard to lather up which would knot long hair surely? Sally @

  17. Jayne
    March 19, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I used to use these religiously when I worked for Lush. The New one is great for people with hair growth problems and smells like cinnamon. My only problem with them is that they can be messy once they get damp so wpuld recommend one of the tins or a soap dish to keep them tidy. They have a habit of melting onto surfaces if you keep them in the shower.

  18. lamesha
    March 20, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Never tried a shampoo bar before but am so tempted because my hair can't handle all the sulphates of regular shampoo and I could never handle just co-washing because my hair gets super dirty. Next time I'm at lush will have to check them out.

  19. Jemma
    March 21, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    I've been loving these shampoo's. They seem expensive but last sooo long.I need to try a few different

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