When it comes to travel shampoo and conditioner, there are a few form factors to consider: travel-sized bottles, tablets, bars, and sheets. In this post, we'll explore the pros and cons of each form factor and recommend some brands.
Travel-sized Bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner
The traditional TSA-approved bottles that are available at most drugstores.
|Familiarity of liquid hair care
|Packaged in plastic, made of 90% water
|Widely available at stores
|Risk of leakage in transit
|Difficult to squeeze out of bottle
Shampoo and Conditioner Tablets
Dissolvable solid cubes where 1 tablet is equal to 1 wash.
|Single-use form factor reduces messiness and improves convenience
|New experience for users who haven't used tablets (e.g., toothpaste) before
|Compact, lightweight, no risk of spills
|Only available online and in some stores
|Waterless and plastic-free
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
Big solid bars that you have to rub on your head to create a lather.
|More environmentally friendly
|Heavy and messy to pack once used
|No risk of liquid spills in your luggage
|Inconvenient to rub a bar on your head
|Can never use full bar (small piece left)
Shampoo and Conditioner Sheets
Single-use swatches that dissolve as soon as you apply water.
|Plastic-free and lightweight which reduces shipping emissions
|Dissolve immediately when in contact with water, which can create a mess
|Passes airport security restrictions
|Difficult to use, especially for new users
|Limited scents and varieties