Beauty Debate: Should You Use Liquid Shampoo or Shampoo Bars?

June 16, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
We’ve discussed whether or not you should apply your foundation before or after your eyeshadow, the benefits of setting spray versus setting powder and now we’re debating shampoos. Are you team liquid shampoo or team shampoo bars? We know people have very different outlooks on these forms of hair cleansing product so we decided to hash out the pros and cons of each. Here, social media editor Jillian Selzer and assistant editor Genesis Rivas debate.

The Argument for Shampoo Bars 


I have a lot of hair and I’ve always found that when using liquid shampoos, I have to use a lot of product in an effort to evenly distribute the formula throughout my hair and scalp. With shampoo bars, I don’t have that problem. The solid formula allows me to apply the formula directly onto my hair and scalp, covering every inch. I also stand by shampoo bars for their sustainability efforts. Shampoo bars usually offer more washes than a liquid bottle and don’t come in plastic packaging. For example, the Ethique Frizz Wrangler Shampoo Bar (one of my faves) is the equivalent of three bottles of liquid shampoo. I feel like if you have the ability to use a product that works just as well as the original and it also is better for the environment, why wouldn’t you want to use it?
Ethique Frizz Wrangler Shampoo Bar

The Argument for Liquid Shampoo 


I definitely understand the appeal of having a shampoo bar, from taking up less space in the shower to reducing packaging, but I’m a tried-and-true liquid shampoo stan. One of my favorites is the Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo. With the shampoo bars I use, I feel like I’m never able to get enough product with a single lather. I have a lot of hair, so I need a decent amount of shampoo to get a deep cleanse, and bars just don’t lather and give me the amount I need. When I’ve tried them out, I always run through them way quicker than a typical bottle of shampoo and end up spending more because I have to keep replacing it. To top it off, I find them messy. I prefer an organized shower, and it’s easier for me to avoid soap scum or getting random other products all over my shampoo if I use a liquid formula in a bottle. It’s a small grievance but if it (it being liquid shampoo) ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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