The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Conditioner Bar for Your Hair

Conditioner bars are the latest eco-friendly hair care trend and for good reason. Ditching plastic bottles for a solid, zero-waste alternative makes good sense. But with so many bars on the market, choosing the right one for your hair can feel overwhelming.

Worry not, mane tamers! This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know to find your perfect conditioner bar match.

Why Conditioner Bars?

Before diving into the nitty-gritty, let's explore why conditioner bars are worth the buzz.

Sustainability: Conditioner bars are the perfect way to ditch the plastic bottles.

A single bar can last as long as 2-3 bottles of liquid conditioner, saving you lots of money and reducing your environmental footprint! These bars will last for months depending on how you use them. 

Natural Ingredients: We use only the finest natural ingredients for all of our products. The ingredients in our conditioner bars center around Behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS). This may sound like an industrial chemical, but that could not be further from the truth. BTMS is sourced from colza (rapeseed) plant and is naturally free from sulfates, parabens and other dangerous chemicals. 

Convenience: Conditioner bars are travel-friendly and compact, making them ideal for on-the-go work warriors and gym enthusiasts. No more leaky bottles in your suitcase!

Gentle on Hair: Free from harsh chemicals and sulfates, bars are much gentler on your scalp and hair. This helps promote a healthy, natural shine.

No Waxy Buildup: Many conditioners use waxes to help fill in damaged hair cuticles. While this may help your hair look healthier, it most certainly isn't. 

Nourishing Goodness: Packed with natural butters, oils, and botanical extracts, bars deeply nourish and condition your hair, leaving it soft, manageable, and frizz-free.

Key Considerations for Finding Your Perfect Match 

Now, let's get down to business! Choosing the right conditioner bar depends on your unique hair type and needs. Here are some key factors to consider:

Know Your Hair Type

Dry or Damaged

When selecting a conditioner bar for dry or damaged hair, opt for bars rich in lightweight butters (mango, shea or kokum), and rich oils for intense hydration and repair. 


Look for bars with clarifying ingredients like rosemary essential oil and sunflower seed or sea buckthorn oils to balance sebum production.

Fine or Thin

Choose lightweight bars with nourishing oils and proteins to avoid weighing down your strands.

Curly or Coiled

Deeply nourishing bars with rich butters and nourishing conditioning agents like BTMS-50 will define your curls and help combat frizz without weighing down your hair.

Scalp Concerns

Sensitive Scalp: Choose bars free from fragrance, essential oils, or potential irritants. Look for gentle ingredients like oat straw or calendula.

Dandruff or Flakiness: Bars with antifungal ingredients like tea tree or rosemary oil, sea buckthorn, prickly pear seed oils and natural extracts can help combat dandruff and flaking.

Shop Your Desired Results


If your goal is shiny hair, look for conditioner bars that use superior oils. Bars with argan oil, sunflower oil or black castor oil will boost your hair's natural luster.

Don't forget about the proteins! We use an amazing rice protein to help improve shine and give your hair a wonderful healthy bounce. 


Look for conditioner bars with ingredients like nettle or rosemary to add lift and body.

Color Protection 

Bars with UV protectants like sunflower seed oil and our specialty desert proteins may help shield your colored hair from fading and sun damage.

Decoding the Ingredients List

Not all conditioner bars are created equal. Scrutinize the ingredients list to avoid potential nasties and ensure the bar aligns with your needs. Here's a quick cheat sheet:

✔️ Green Flags: Shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, rice protein, bamboo proteins, glycerin, panthenol (vitamin B5)

❌ Red Flags: Sulfates, silicones, parabens, synthetic fragrances, waxes, or harsh alcohols. 

Our Top-Rated Conditioner Bars for Different Hair Types:

Ready to dive into the wonderful world of conditioner bars? Here are some top-rated options for a variety of hair types from AZSoapworks:

  • Thick Hair that is Dry or Damaged
    Any of our conditioner bars are ideal for dry, damaged hair. Our natural ingredients and superior conditioning agents help restore hair without leaving a residue behind. But our favorites include the ones that have nourishing shea, sal or cupucua butter with our desert blend and rice extracts to protect your locks from the elements. Choose our moisturizing Ocean bar, which includes bamboo and black castor oil to naturally attract moisture.
  • 👩 Thick or Thin Oily Hair 
    Our rosemary-mint conditioner bars are excellent for improving scalp health. When applied to the scalp, rosemary essential oil has been shown to stimulate hair growth and help combat dandruff and oily scalps. We add specialty proteins like Creosote extract, which has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, making it beneficial for skincare products to help improve scalp health. 

  • Fine or Thin Hair: Be sure to choose a lightweight conditioner bar with the lighter conditioning BTMS-25 that won't weigh your hair down. Our bars feature sunflower oil (rich in vitamin E and fatty acids) and Daikon seed extract, which can provide hydration and strengthen the hair and skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and rejuvenated. Our Rosemary-Mint conditioner bar is ideal for fine, thin hair. 

  • Curly or Black Hair: Choose any of our bars that feature BTMS-50 for the ultimate experience for detangling, smoothing and conditioning. Our Lemongrass-Mint, Mango-Papaya (with sal butter) or Tonka-vanilla conditioner bars are ideal for smoothing, strengthening and protecting hair from environmental damage. 

  • 👩‍🦳 Gray, Silver, Blonde Hair: Our violet lavender-chamomile bars are made with a specialty mica that helps brighten hair. They also contain bamboo and rice extracts that naturally protect hair and DL-panthenol for extra B5 vitamins. 

Tips for Using Conditioner Bars:

  • Wet your hair thoroughly before applying the bar. 
    • Rub the bar directly onto your hair in long strokes. Be sure to get the underside of hair if you have long thick hair.
      • Focus on the mid-lengths and ends, avoiding the scalp if it's sensitive.
        • Rinse lightly. You'll feel the difference if you rinse too much. The goal is to have very smooth hair free from tangles.

        • Store your bar in a well-ventilated dish to keep dry between uses.

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