Best Travel Shampoo and Conditioner

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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.

Top brands: Aveda ShampureOGX

Pros Cons
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.

Top brands: EarthSuds (North America), Beauty Kubes (Europe)

Pros Cons
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
EarthSuds | Biodegradable Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Big solid bars that you have to rub on your head to create a lather.

Top brands: LUSH, Ethique, HiBAR

Pros Cons
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.

Top brands: PLUS, EC30

Pros Cons
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