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The Best UK Hair Conditioner Bars

April 06, 2022 8 min read 4 Comments

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The Perfect Natural Hair Bar Conditioners

News  Update - Our 2 in 1 Orange Shampoo/Conditioner Bars were entered into the Top Santé Haircare Awards 2021 in the Best Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner category and were voted  *** Silver Award Winner! ***

 

2 in 1 Shampoo Conditioner Bar - Frankincense

 

We’ve taken a closer look at shampoo bars so now let’s look at The Solid Bar Company's amazing natural conditioner bars.

Don't forget to note, that like all our products, these best solid natural conditioners are not only created with variants for all hair types, they are all plant-based conditioners and, as they are plastic-free conditioners too, they are delivered to you without plastic bottles making them 100% plastic-free!. 

When it comes to a natural hair care regime, the essentials to always use are natural shampoo bars and natural conditioner bars! The all-natural shampoo comes first but that does not mean forgetting about conditioning with natural hair conditioner bars. If you're using the best shampoo bars in the UK then you want to follow on with the best conditioner bars in the UK. 

To start with, let us do a little background to inform you of what should be in the best natural UK hair bar conditioners, why those ingredients are there, and what they will do for your hair - and you! 

Did you know that most well-known liquid conditioners on the market contain 80%+ water?

Our UK hair conditioner bars are not bulked out with water to try to fool you into thinking that you are getting more conditioner for your money.

They contain no water at all, just top-of-the-range high-grade salon standard ingredients, so they leave your hair feeling and looking silky smooth and tangle-free - and they are shipped to you all packed up in plastic either!

Conditioner bars from award-winning 'The Solid Bar Company' are a breakthrough and, better still for your carbon footprint, all our solid shampoo and conditioner bars are hand-made in the UK!

These rich, creamy, plastic-free, zero-waste, solid conditioner bars are packed full of concentrated conditioning ingredients making it easy for you to switch from plastic bottles, leaving your hair soft, shiny, and smooth.

Get the results you expect from bottled products from day one but with the bonus of no plastic, no water, and no compromise on results!

Excellent value for money

So how do proper natural hair conditioners work?

Well - and forgive a little bit of science here - our hair and skin are negatively charged (anionic), so for the best conditioner to work its magic on our hair, it needs to be positively charged (cationic).

The only way it can do this is to use positively charged ingredients and other ingredients that assist the positively charged ingredients in doing their stuff.

BTMS-50 (which contains 50% active Oil Behentrimonium Methosulfate) is 100% vegan, the largest ingredient in our bar is a positively charged (cationic) compound derived from the natural oil of the Colza plant (shown below) and is known to be one of the best detangling ingredients in the world. 

Colza plant

This amazing ingredient, BTMS, can ‘adsorb’ to the surface of the hair (adsorption is when the molecules sit on top of the hair, as opposed to absorbing or penetratingthe hair) in a process called ‘substantivity’.

Just like a magnet, this positively charged cationic quaternary compound (BTMS) is attracted to our hair and coats our negatively charged hair fibres.

When hair is damaged or chemically treated, it has a higher pH and higher negative charge. This is due to an increase in cysteic acid that forms when the disulphide bonds in the hair are broken and not reformed.

However, the positively charged conditioning agent will be more attracted to your hair and is going to adsorb more.

As BTMS is hydrophobic (a bit like cats!), it will resist removal by water alone - so, thankfully, it won’t wash off when you rinse your hair after applying it in the shower but it will wash off when you next shampoo your hair.

Hydrophobia

Why is it important that hair conditioners be attracted to your hair?

Well, by adsorbing to our hair in this way, the best conditioner bar enables the hair cuticle to lay flat. This makes our hair silky, smooth, and lustrous with the ability to hold a style.

It reduces the force required to brush or comb the hair resulting in less tangling, fewer broken hairs, and less static electricity on the surface (which might give you hair as in the image below!) whilst simultaneously increasing softness and shine.

Static electricity on hair

The aim of any conditioning product should be to maximise the adsorption and substantivity of positively charged ingredients so it can impart these numerous benefits to us, resulting in the type of hair we want - strong, lustrous and healthy!

Most conditioner bars on the market with BTMS tend to use BTMS-25 (25% active Oil Behentrimonium Methosulfate only) which is far more widely available and less than half the price of BTMS-50, though nowhere near as effective.

Not only do we use BTMS-50 but also we are supplied with our BTMS-50 without the petroleum ingredient Butylene glycol and are therefore able to add Propanediol (corn-based) ingredient instead, resulting in a far more eco-friendly natural hair conditioners.

The remaining ingredient is plant-derived Cetearyl alcohol, a fatty acid that further enhances the adsorption process. 

We also include Cetrimonium Chloride, another cationic compound that prevents static in and ‘build-up’ in hair (residue left on hair primarily from styling products).

Hair being styled and conditioned

To further increase this adsorption process of these natural hair conditioners we have included another fatty alcohol, plant-derived Cetyl Alcohol, which also encourages more adsorption of BTMS.

You will also find we include vital hydrolysed cationic plant-based proteins, such as vegan Oat protein and Vegetable Keratin, also known as, ‘non-occlusive film formers’ as these have a similar proteinaceous structure to our hair and skin and therefore easily and naturally adsorbed by them.

Another wonderful film former ingredient for our hair is D-L panthenol (pro-vitamin B5). This makes our hair shine without oil or greasiness.

Panthenol can also penetrate the hair cuticle and bring moisture to the cortex, enabling good manageability and pliability of the hair and giving it more body.

Studies have also shown that if left on our hair for just two minutes before rinsing, it can swell the hair shaft, making it appear thicker thereby helping to add that extra body many seek!

Now you are beginning to understand how we have created the best natural conditioners in the UK.

Full bodied hair

Silicons such as Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone are found in many hair and skin care products, but they’re, not eco-friendly as they are not biodegradable.

However, because of this, we extended our research to find silicon alternatives that are derived from plant-based, readily biodegradable ingredients and are eco-certified.

They offer incredible slip and shine to hair even whilst wet and are excellent additional ingredients for our solid hair conditioners.

Further moisture is added to the cationic ingredients and film-formers through a small number of butters and oils, such as Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Almond, and Argan oil, all of which will coat the hair strands to increase lubrication and moisturisation. Again, a big plus for these solid conditioner bars UK.

We switch Shea and Cocoa Butter in our oily bars for a light Orange butter, which acts as a good cleanser for oily hair due to its high limonene content.

Oils

 

Butters and oils alone won’t add any conditioning properties to our hair as they are non-ionic (neutral) rather than cationic and therefore not ‘substantive’, yet there are several solid conditioner bars on the market that rely on oils like castor oil and butters as their main conditioning ingredients alone, which simply won’t cut it.

This is the same for apple-cider vinegar. Popular for those using traditional, alkaline ‘soap’ bars (studies are now showing they may cause long-term hair damage, due to the naturally high pH of soap bars) or bicarbonate of soda as a ‘shampoo; and then vinegar as an acidic ‘conditioner’ after-rinse.

Cider vinegar

However, vinegar is also a non-ionic ingredient and will therefore not adsorb to your hair strands and so, by definition, is not able to reduce the combing forces and friction to your hair. Something you need to be aware of when looking after your hair naturally.

Many of the ingredients we use from BTMS-50 to panthenol, Shea butter, proteins, and silicon alternatives are also important ingredients in skincare products, giving the skin a powdery feel, as well as adding moisture and glide.

That is why our natural conditioner bars can double up as well as a shave bar for both men and women!

You can check out the details of all our skin-safe natural product ingredients on our ingredient detail pages!

Man hair

Unfortunately, many conditioner bars on the market (and traditional liquid conditioners) have very little to no cationic ingredients, using large quantities of butter and oils, which as we know will moisturise but not condition your hair and in some cases can leave it heavy and limp.

There are also conditioners containing a large amount of petroleum-based ingredients which the hair absorbs, with synthetic fragrances, and even harsh, sulphate-based ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate which is not only irritating to the skin but is anionic (negatively charged), so strip and wash rather than condition the hair.

With skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema on the increase, it is important to use gentle products on both our skin and scalp, which is also why would do not use any ‘fragrance’, as this is synthetically produced and can be a harsh irritant for many people.

So instead we opt for natural, plant-based essential oils for both their amazing scents and therapeutic benefits.

We have four wonderful blended scents for this zero-waste award-winning natural conditioner bar, including:

Girl in lavender field

To fully complement your hair type we have created ingredients specifically to suit either a normal/dry hair conditioner variant or an oily hair conditioner variant - so you can choose the natural conditioner bar that best suits your hair!

The Solid Bar Company plant-based conditioner bars are available for all hair types. We have conditioner bars for coloured hair, conditioner bars for highlighted hair, conditioner bars for normal hair, conditioner bars for dry hair, conditioner bars for oily hair, conditioner bars for grey hair, conditioner bars for curly hair and they are all great to use on fine hair!

Each of the large natural hair conditioners will last 35-50 washes with our smaller conditioner bars lasting 20-30 washes.

The Solid Bar Company plastic-free conditioner bars are easy to apply, and fast to work, giving you that instant detangled, smooth feeling, just like a bottled conditioner.

How to use a conditioner bar? Simple.

Afterusing one of our shampoo bars, simply glide the Conditioner bar directly over the hair from front to back - stroking the bar down your hair between your palms from root to tip - the more you glide, the more you condition. Then rinse off. If you have short hair just stroke it directly over your head on your hair.



Other points worth noting are that these solid conditioner bars are made in the UK from the finest ingredients so they will help restore your damaged hair - plus they are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, sustainable, biodegradable, and never tested on animals!

It's time for you to discover our range of hand-made natural conditioner bars all made with eco, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free and natural, eco-friendly ingredients.

All our natural conditioner bars are supplied in zero waste, plastic-free packaging that can be recycled.

Making the switch from commercial to natural is easy and if you have already made the switch to a natural vegan shampoo bar, why wait? Natural conditioner bars are perfect for restoring and maintaining healthy, natural hair.

When it comes to a natural hair care regime the natural essentials are a natural shampoo and a natural conditioner bar! The natural shampoo comes first but that doesn't mean forgetting about conditioning with a natural conditioner bar. We've even created an all-in-one conditioning shampoo bar for those on the go and want to save time!

What's great about a natural conditioner bar is convenience! They are a handy size and also very minimalist. Most commercial conditioners are large and chunky, cluttering your bathroom with unsightly plastic.

Our natural conditioner bars however are 100% plastic-free, sustainable, natural and zero waste! It doesn't get any better than that!

Give your hair a real treat and try the best solid hair conditioner bar UK todayconditioner bars are easy to use, you will not look back and your hair will thank you forever - no more liquid conditioner!

The complementary natural vegan shampoo bar you use is also just as vital and important to have great hair, so don't forget to also check out our easy and informative guide on our SLS-free shampoo bars here,  5 Great Tips To Help You Find The Best Shampoo Bar in 2022!

 

Best wishes for better hair,

Rebecca and The Solid Bar Company Team 

 

(This article was last updated in May 2022) 

4 Responses

The Solid Bar Company Support Team
The Solid Bar Company Support Team

July 15, 2022

Hello Emma -

Thank you for your interest in our products and your question.

Our products are gluten-free and our oats-based ingredient supplier has assured us that it is not made in a food or flour environment.

As to whether they are ‘safe’ for coeliacs is something that you would have to judge based on this available information; we are not medically qualified to offer such a guarantee and without knowing you it would clearly be inappropriate for us to do so.

Kind regards,

The Solid Bar Company Support Team

Emma
Emma

July 15, 2022

Hi there,

Are these products safe for coeliacs? I noticed that the conditioner contains an oat based ingredient. Oats can be made in an environment with flour.

Thanks

Rebecca - The Solid Bar Company CEO
Rebecca - The Solid Bar Company CEO

October 15, 2019

Hello Elahe,

Thanks for your question! I have coloured hair too. Any of the bars you choose will work for coloured hair, they just differ in scent and you just then choose between ‘normal/dry’ and ‘oily’. The shampoo bars are made using gentle surfactants and the salons that use our bars say it’s fine on their customers with coloured hair too. The same goes for the conditioner bars. Hope that helps answer your question!

Thanks and regards
Rebecca

Elahe Taylor
Elahe Taylor

October 15, 2019

I am looking for a shampoo and conditioner bar sympathetic to my colored hair.
I use Naturtint hair colour and I like to reduce use of plastic containers by using shampoo and and conditioner bars
I have read through your article on the solid shampoo company and I welcome your guidance in choosing the right bar for me. I live in AL8 6RT area.

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