Here at Zoe Elle, we’re conscious of what products we use and the effects they have on the planet and our bodies. More often than not, that can mean giving up beloved luxury products if the alternative will reduce our plastic waste. For most of us, our biggest plastic footprint comes from beauty and bodycare products. Our showers, for example, can end up filled with plastic bottles from body wash, scrubs, shampoos, and other personal care products. If you’re looking for ways to reduce plastic consumption, ditching bottles and opting for shampoo and conditioner bars is a great place to start. 

Shampoo and conditioner bars are currently on the rise, slowly gaining popularity and becoming a more ‘mainstream’ product. With their high-quality formulas and unique shapes, the bars are appearing on a lot of our radars. At first, I found making the jump to hair care bars hard, as I didn’t like the feeling that a lot of the drugstore-bought bars I’d tried gave me. I found some didn’t leave my hair feeling squeaky-clean, and others didn’t build up a big enough lather to tackle my thick hair. So, my search for a bar that agreed with my locks continued. Lucky for me, I soon found HiBAR, and their products were able to quickly make me a believer in the power of shampoo and conditioner bars.

HiBAR is the first shampoo and conditioner bar brand on the market that is said to be salon-quality, and their bars are formulated to different hair types. They have their Maintain set, for those with normal hair and who wash their hair less frequently, and their Moisturize set, which we at Zoe Elle have been using (and loving)—this is for thicker locks that typically need extra conditioning. HiBAR even sells a Volumize set. . .The HiBAR bar itself is an ergonomic bar that comes in recyclable packaging, and it looks pretty cool sitting in your shower caddy. 

Launched in 2018, HiBAR is literally raising the bar when it comes to plastic-free self-care products. We can now get a luxury feel product, whilst helping the planet. The shampoo and conditioner bars are also cruelty-free and contain no soap, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or silicones. HiBAR is hoping to expand more into haircare, followed by shower products (like body wash and shaving cream), before moving on to other bathroom products. 

The company was set up by four co-founders (Nora, Jay, Ward, and Dion) who are passionate about plastic waste prevention and environmental and health issues. One of the co-founders had returned from a remote resort in Mexico where he found the beach covered in plastic every morning, and then would notice all the plastic bottles he had in the shower. He realized he was part of the problem, and HiBAR was created. Co-founder Nora Schaper acknowledges that people won’t convert to shampoo bars easily unless their hair looks as good as it would while using a (plastic) salon bottle. But, with HiBAR managing to win over stylists from hair salons, you can guarantee yourself a good hair day every day with their shampoos and conditioners.  

I like the ergonomic shape of the HiBAR bar, as it easily fits in my hand, and the angled top makes it more convenient to use than other traditional shaped hair care bars that jump out my hand when they become too slippery. My hair also felt so much softer after use, which I loved. I can be guilty of being a conditioner junkie and applying way too much on my scalp, but with HiBAR, I felt like I could only use the right amount (as it can take some time to lather up enough product). A tip I’ve found is to work up the lather in your hands rather than directly onto your scalp; this helps avoid unnecessary tangles. I also adore how travel-friendly the bars are. Say goodbye to the awkward 100ml-or-less bottles! You can shop the range of plastic-free hair care on HiBAR’s website and see for yourself all that they have to offer.