The Best Shampoo Bars for Curly Hair

If you have naturally wavy, curly or afro hair then you’ll know that finding the right liquid products to use on your hair can be a bit of a challenge. Not to mention that the right product combination can be as unique to you as your curl pattern is.

Just because you want to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, doesn’t mean that you should have to compromise on effective curly hair products.

I have naturally wavy hair and I try out the products that I sell here at Sage Folk before they make it to the website. In this post, I’ve shared the best of what I’ve discovered so far.

I’ve also written a guide on the best conditioner bars for curly hair that you can pair with the shampoo bars from this post. There are also some recommendations for the fantastic curly hair products that I stock too (you can find the full range on the plastic-free curly hair products page).

The best solid shampoo bars for curly hair

  • Contains soothing chamomile, ground oats and hydrating ylang ylang
  • sulphate and silicone free
  • Curly Girl Method friendly
  • works well in hard water
  • vegan & cruelty free
  • extra large 90g bar

These beautiful, handmade bars by Wild Ona are specifically formulated for dry, itchy or touchy scalps. The ground oats, chamomile, ylang ylang and sweet almond oil give the shampoo soothing, calming and hydrating properties. Great if your curls need a gentle shampoo bar that will help hydrate them too. This bar is 90g, making it much larger than a lot of the other shampoo bars I stock.

Also available by Wild Ona: Green Queen for normal hair and Balance for oily hair

Extra Gentle Baobab Shampoo Bar – Bean & Bee

(3 customer reviews)
£9.50
  • Curly Girl Method friendly
  • pH balanced
  • Silicone & sulphate free
  • Works in hard water

Bean & Bee have a great range of zero-waste products specifically designed for curly hair. Their ‘extra gentle baobab bar‘ is silicone and sulphate free (so suitable if you’re following the Curly Girl Method). It has been formulated to create a rich but gentle lather and is suitable for dry, curly and wavy hair types.

Monoi de Tahiti Botanical Shampoo Bar – Bain & Savon

(1 customer review)
£7.00

Bain & Savon have a wonderful range of botanical-inspired shampoo bars. The Monoi de Tahiti bar has been designed with dry, frizzy and dandruff-prone hair types in mind. It’s infused with monoi de Tahititi oil to reduce frizz and add shine to your hair. The bar contains surfactants made solely from coconuts to clean your hair without stripping it of moisture.

  • sulphate and silicone free
  • Curly Girl method friendly
  • works well in hard water
  • vegan & cruelty free

Best for wavy hair types

Clarifying peppermint shampoo bar by Bean & Bee

Clarifying Peppermint Shampoo Bar – Bean & Bee

(2 customer reviews)
£9.50
  • Gentle yet effective cleansing ingredients
  • pH balanced
  • Silicone & sulphate free
  • Curly girl method friendly
  • Works in hard water

The clarifying peppermint shampoo bar is suitable for wavy and straight hair types. The bar is formulated to effectively cleanse your hair whilst being gentle on your scalp and uses natural, gentle cleaners that are derived from coconuts and are biodegradable.

Plastic-free conditioners and styling products for curly hair

As well as all of the fantastic curly hair shampoo bars that I stock, I’ve also curated a range of amazing plastic-free curly hair products too. This includes conditioner bars, deep conditioners and styling products.

I’ve even created a guide to the best conditioner bars for curly hair to help you choose the best one for you.

Frequently asked questions

Are shampoo bars Curly Girl approved?

If you choose the correct shampoo bar then yes, it can be curly girl method-friendly. Look for a bar that doesn’t have silicones or sulphates in its ingredients.

All of the bars included in this post are SLS-free and use plant-based surfactants (like Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate) instead, meaning you can use them if you’re following the CG method.

View our full range of SLS and sulphate-free shampoo bars.

Other shampoo bars I’ve used have left a waxy residue after washing

If you’ve been searching for a sulphate-free, curly girl friendly shampoo bar then you may well have been directed to a ‘natural shampoo bar’ (so-called because they don’t have additions like surfactants to help clean the hair).

Whilst they may sound great – because they typically have fewer ‘chemical-sounding’ ingredients – they’re not for everyone and they don’t work consistently in all water types. If you’ve experienced that waxy residue feeling after washing with a shampoo bar (and never want to experience it again), I’d recommend choosing a shampoo bar from this post, or from our range of shampoo bars that work well in hard water.