Shampoo bars are super nourishing, super kind to the planet and super gentle on your colour, and that’s why we adore them. The best shampoo bar for coloured hair is bursting with natural oils which help to condition your hair, and are totally free of the sulphates which are the paint strippers for your colour.
We’re here with the best shampoo bar for coloured hair money can buy to transform your hair care routine, and your locks!
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What is a shampoo bar?
Shampoo bars look like soap but are packed full of gorgeous-making ingredients for your hair and are not as drying for your skin as traditional soap bars can be.
Shampoo bars contain all-natural ingredients with no nasty chemicals or additives like sulphates that can dry your hair and damage your follicles. Their blend of natural ingredients are high quality, luxurious and smell amazing too.
Your hair needs some time to get used to using shampoo bars, so you may find your hair feels ‘coated’ or waxy at first. But push on through and you’ll never look back.
If you feel inclined, you can also make them yourself!
How do I use a shampoo bar?
Head over to How to use a shampoo bar for coloured hair for all the tips and tricks to help you nail your new shampoo bar routine.
What is the best shampoo bar for coloured hair?
They’re cheap, they’re eco-friendly and they last 3 x as long as bottle shampoo. We’ve searched and scrubbed the land to find the best shampoo bar for coloured hair. These are the best of the best!
Best shampoo bars at a glance.
Shine On Shampoo Bar.
Best shampoo bar for: Clean, shiny glossy locks.
Shine On are a gorgeous range of shampoo bars in all kinds of smells and colours all wrapped up in stylish packaging that also make great gifts. Best of all, they really work! And that’s why the reviews are awesome too. These are our pick of the beautifying bunch.
#1 Soul & Soap, Tropical Mango Solid Shampoo Bar.
- Leaves your hair incredibly soft, shiny and free from build-up.
- Suitable for normal, dry, curly and colour treated hair.
- SLS, SLES, Paraben Free
- Cruelty Free, No animal testing
- Works well in hard water
- They also condition your hair.
“I’ve tried other shampoo bars which have left my hair feeling greasy and waxy. I’d almost given up on the idea of shampoo soap bars until I came across Soul & Soap! I’ve liked these so much I’ve ordered more!”
“I live in a hard water area and washing other shampoo bars out was a nightmare. After the reading the reviews I thought I’d give these a try and so glad I did! It lathers up well, washes out easily and leaves the hair clean, all with a great smell.”
“I do need to use a little conditioner on my hair after using these, but I have colour treated hair so it’s always dry. The soaps do last ages so I should be set now for a long time, which is better for the environment too!”
These shampoo bars from Soap & Glory are gorgeous and come in a range of smells and formulas to suit every whim – from Juicy Watermelon, Tropical Mango, Vanilla and Coconut and even brand new, Char-cool.
It lathers really well compared to other shampoo bars and our hair felt soft afterwards and not at all waxy. It comes in a neat little aluminium tin which is great for travelling around but you can order it ‘naked’ too. What’s not to love?
Best for: Taking everywhere.
#2 Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar for Normal-Dry or Frizzy Hair.
- For those of you with beautiful curly hair, or who abuse your hair with hot irons, curlers, hair dryers or bleach.
- 100% soap free, pH balanced and safe for colour treated hair.
- Perfect for very dry or frizzy hair.
- Equivalent to 3 bottles of liquid shampoo.
“After just one use of Ethique’s Frizz Wrangler, my mind and hair is blown. I will never use another brand now!! You know the feeling of having a fresh hair cut? Your hair is light and healthy feeling? That is the only way I can describe how my hair feels after using this bar. Love it!”
“This shampoo bar smells amazing and leaves my hair soft and silky!”
“This shampoo bar is so soft and gentle on the bleached ends of my hair. I have no product build up anymore after using this and I love that it’s safe for the whole family to use too.”
What’s great about Ethique’s range of shampoo bars is that you can choose a shampoo bar for your hair type – from Oily to normal to dry and frizzy. We picked the one for frizzy, dry damaged hair as the best for coloured hair.
It smells amazing and the coconutty goodness felt super luxurious on our hair. It washed out great with no residue and left our hair feeling super soft and our scalp feeling moisturised. This is the best shampoo bar for softness.
Best for: Soft, silky hair.
#3 Shine On Shampoo Bar for Coloured and Processed Hair.
- No fuss, no mess.
- Simple, solid (SLS & SLES-free) shampoo
- Does away with over-packaging and environmental worries.
- Perfect for everyday use and ideal in the wash-bag for visits to the gym, at the swimming pool or to take on holiday!
“Having tried other shampoo bars I’ve found this to be the best, leaves my hair soft and shiny, with no need for conditioner.”
“I adore this shampoo bar. It’s lasting really well. I bought ‘Bounty Hunter’ as I have highlighted hair, it leaves it super clean and shiny.”
“Smells so great and it’s really easy to use. Cleans my coloured hair without stripping the colour.”
Shine on shampoo bar comes in the most delicious range of scents for all types of hair – from mint to coconut to cinnamon to citrus. There’s one for swimming, one for blondes and even one for all the family to share (although you might not want to!) Shine On have got it covered. Best of all, they really work! And that’s why the reviews are awesome too.
We chose Shine On cinnamon for coloured, treated or processed hair and the results were clean tresses with gallons of gloss. The shampoo bar contains henna extract and juniper which smells amazing adds the shine and sleekness. Coconut oil nourished our hair so well, we only needed a light conditioner. This is the best of the best for us.
Best for: Clean, shiny glossy locks.
#4 J.R. Liggett Bar Shampoo, Virgin Coconut Argan Oil
- Gives new life to dry, tangled, flyaway hair and restores smoothness, strengthens, and gives your hair luster and shine.
- Vitamin E is also added and is excellent for colour treated hair.
- Organic, luscious, moisturizing, sweet-scented, delicious Virgin Coconut Oil.
- Retains hair moisture, and keeps hair soft and shiny.
“I have been using this shampoo for 3 months now. Absolutely love it. No conditioner required and leaves my hair clean and super soft. Stopped my hair fall completely.”
“I’ve been using these for about a year now. I’m still loving it. My hair is naturally clean without being stripped or gunked up with chemicals from typical shampoos. Love knowing this!”
“If you have dry hair or if you colour your hair or if you are out in the sun a lot, this is an amazing product. Nothing I have bought in a plastic bottle no matter what the cost has compared to this!”
J.R Liggetts shampoo bar is a charmingly old fashioned looking shampoo bar that resembles a pack of butter! It smells good enough to eat too!
We found this one hard to get the quantity right so as not to leave a residue, but if you nail it, the results are fab. This bar is infused with argan oil which our stressed coloured tresses loved and left them feeling superbly soft and moisturised. There’s also a handy mini shampoo bar for travelling too.
Best for: Much-needed moisture
#5 PureChimp Natural Shampoo Bar – Banana/Vanilla
- A magical 100% natural shampoo bar.
- Vegan, pure & nourishing for your hair.
- With coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.
- Wrapped in recyclable paper + a biodegradable label.
- Can also be used as a soap.
“Has a really good lather and smells delicious. As shampoo bars go, this is one of the better ones but still leaves my hair a little waxy.”
“My hairdresser noticed that my hair is in fabulous condition. Love this shampoo.”
“This is a completely natural, vegan product that comes wrapped in cool looking tissue paper, so you really can pat yourself on the back for using it.
PureChimp’s shampoo bar is like a solid smoothie packed with coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, banana and even beer! The beer added shine and bounce to our hair.
They say your hair may need 2-3 weeks to eliminate the chemical residue left by previous shampoos and that’s true. Our hair did feel a little coated afterwards but less dry than before. Our sensitive scalp from all the coloured hair treatments felt soothed and calm.
(Pure Chimp’s incredible Matcha Green Tea is also worth adding to your basket!)
Best for: Sensitive skin.
#6 Clovelly Soap Co Handmade Natural Shampoo Soap Bar, Eucalyptus Mint & Lemon.
- Gentle non drying soap shampoo bar with added castor oil.
- For normal – dry hair and scalp.
- Washing your Hair with our shampoo bars can help you make small switches to reduce your plastic consumption.
- You may benefit from a vinegar rinse after each wash or your standard conditioners.
“Love the packaging, love the smell, love the shop! Love everything about this shampoo bar and I’ll never switch to anything else now.”
“You have to push through the first few washes until your hair adjusts but I’m so glad that I did! It really lathers well and my husband keeps commenting on the smell. It’s so lovely!”
“This shampoo bar gave me a sticky residue on my hair at first but I loved the smell so kept on using it. After a while your hair becomes fluffier and starts to look and feel amazing. Well worth with it.”
This gorgeous, wholesome brand comes from Devon and they are real artisan masters of all things soap. We found some of the fragrances a little too ‘granny’ but this one smells lovely and fresh, with notes of citrus and mint.
Don’t be put off with advice of putting vinegar in your hair. This is a top tip to restore the ph balance in your hair. We didn’t need to but we used this on hair that wasn’t too dry or damaged. This is the best foamer of the bunch so is great for hard water areas. It’s bigger than other bars too so a little goes a long way and you get more to boot.
Best for: Hard water and great value.
Do I need to condition my hair too?
You’ll still need to condition your hair after you use the shampoo to keep your hair supple and your colour locked in. You can’t go wrong with Kerastase.
Kerastase Reflection Fondant Chromatique
You should also invest in the little miracle potion that is Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector to restore your hair and strengthen your bonds.
Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector
And always remember to follow our best advice in How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer!.