Why your Shampoo is Sabotaging your Hair and Scalp

The Natural Secrets to Your Best Hair Yet

Thinning hair? Dull, lacklustre hair? Sore scalp? Or just feeling your hair just could do with a fortifying healthy lift even though you’ve tried shampoo after shampoo to no avail? If you're nodding your head, you're in for a treat!

Dive into the world of haircare with us as we reveal how a simple switch to the right natural shampoo bar can breathe life back into your locks, reviving the health of your hair and scalp and give you that 'hap-bee' soft shiny hair day every day, as well as aligning with your commitment to the environment.

Here’s the thing: conventional shampoos and conditioners are saboteurs to your hair and scalp. Packed with harsh chemicals they’re stripping your hair of its natural oils leaving it brittle, dry, prone to damage and your scalp irritated and itchy.

But fret not, because we're here to guide you on a journey towards healthier, happier hair. So, if you're ready to to elevate your haircare routine to new heights for your best hair yet all whilst minimising your ecological footprint, then read on!

5 Dangerous Ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner


Who doesn’t long for luscious tresses that shine with health and vitality? But let’s face it, not all shampoos are created equal. Brace yourself - the following ingredients in mainstream shampoos are hindering rather than helping you give your hair and scalp the care it deserves.

Does your go-to shampoo contain any of these below? By swerving the following harmful shampoo and conditioner ingredients you’ll be on your way to naturally head turning ‘bee-utiful’ locks and a ‘hap-bee’ scalp.

1. Synthetic fragrances: not a pretty scent

Not only are these unnecessary, but they are wreaking havoc on your skin and even linked with a bunch of health concerns.

The word fragrance, ‘perfume’ or parfum’ are fancy terms manufacturers use to mask a cocktail of undisclosed chemicals. wreaking havoc on your skin, hair and wellbeing. The worst part is you have no clue what concoction of components are lurking behind that synthetic scent. These chemicals can irritate your scalp, trigger allergies and, shockingly, they've been linked to infertility, hair loss, asthma, and even cancer.

Oh, and it doesn’t stop there. These nasties aren't just messing with your health – they're also causing detriment to our environment, slipping into our oceans through our drainage systems.

So, what’s the alternative? Choose natural shampoos and conditioners which derive their fragrance from natural pure essential oils. Not only do these essential oils create a soothing, aromatherapeutic experience during your haircare routine to help relax and rejuvenate but they also enhance your hair health. Take our Queen Bee shampoo and conditioner bars: they combine rose geranium essential oil to add shine and lustre, sweet orange essential oil to promote hair growth and patchouli essential oil to strengthen dry, damaged strands.

2. Sulphates: frightening foam

Ever heard of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)? They're the most common culprits behind that satisfyingly luxurious lather in most shampoos, but here's the catch: they could be causing more harm than good. These heavy-duty cleansers, found in household detergents are notorious for stripping your hair and scalp of their natural oils, forcing your scalp into sebum production over drive to compensate, resulting in that all to familiar combo of dry ends and greasy roots.

The problem then runs deeper. Those same sulphates that play havoc with your hair and scalp then journey down our drains, winding up in rivers and oceans, where they wreak havoc on marine life and disrupt delicate ecosystems.

So, what’s the alternative? Say hello to SCI (Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate)! Our pH friendly shampoo bars harness this palm free, coconut derived powder for a gentle rich lather which is effective at cleansing whilst being extra gentle, unlike the sulphates SLS and SLES.

SCI is EcoCert approved, mild, caring for even the most sensitive scalps and hair. It helps retain our hair’s natural oils, maintains colour vibrancy, and suits all hair types. Plus, it's a planet-friendly choice with superior biodegradability compared to sulphates.

3. Parabens: perilous preservatives


Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in shampoos. Parabens are associated with aggravating skin conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea, disrupting hormone balance and giving rise to a whole host of potential health risks.

These sneaky synthetic preservatives found in shampoos and conditioners are linked to skin troubles such as dermatitis and rosacea and disrupting hormone balance.

They are good at hiding in your favourite haircare too: they won't always appear on the ingredients list as "parabens”, try looking for words like butylparaben, ethylparaben, and methylparaben.

Ready for a healthier alternative? Seek out quality natural ingredients like nourishing oils, essential oils, botanical extracts, and natural colourants. Our Queen Bee shampoo, for example, embraces the power of natural beetroot powder. It's imparts essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your hair and scalp whilst its natural pigments enhance colour and shine.

In our Glossy Bee shampoo bar for oilier hair types we use rosemary leaf powder to stimulate hair growth, strengthen strands, regulate excess oil production and provide that refreshing clean feeling without over drying.

4. Sodium Chloride: salty hair anyone?

Did you know that sodium chloride (table salt) is incorporated in shampoos and conditioners to make their consistency thicker?

It can have a severe drying effect on the hair and scalp and strip the hair of its natural oils leading to dryness, frizz and potential breakage. If you have coloured hair, beware! Sodium chloride can fade your vibrant locks faster than you can say "pass the salt."

Why? With a pH of 7 sodium chloride often makes most shampoos too alkaline to maintain the healthy pH of the hair and scalp which is typically 4.5 – 5.5. This slightly acidic pH is essential for maintaining the scalp’s natural barrier function, supporting the health of the hair follicles, regulating sebum production, and preventing dandruff, colour fade and split ends.

So, what’s the alternative? We use organic vinegars in our Queen Bee and Glossy Bee shampoo bars which with a pH of 3-4 are able to lower the pH of the overall shampoo ingredients to align with the optimal pH of a healthy hair and scalp. As organic vinegars restore the pH balance of your hair the cuticle, the outermost protective layer of the hair strand, lies flat, helping to keep the hair smooth shiny and resilient to damage and breakage.

5. Silicones: suspicious shine

Silicones are the shiny slick tricksters of the shampoo world used to create the short-term illusion of smoother hair, over time they form a coating, weighing down your hair and leading to product build up.

This accumulation on your scalp and hair will block out moisture, stop the nutrient flow to your hair and create an abundance of residue and dirt that can clog your pores, leading to hair that appears dull and lifeless in the long term.

Nature’s hair healthy alternatives: go for shampoo and conditioner bars that ditch the silicones such as our Queen Bee or Glossy Bee in favour of natural, thoughtful ingredients.

Being mindful of the components in your shampoo means you are taking a proactive step towards maintaining healthier, brighter hair. Think nourishing coconut oil in our Queen Bee shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes, strengthens, fights frizz and leaves a silicone free shine!. Your hair will thank you.

So, what’s holding you back from embracing your best hair yet, naturally?

1. The price myth

While the upfront cost of a natural shampoo bar may be higher than a single bottle of shampoo, their longevity and concentration of effective ingredients make them cost effective in the long term. Swapping to a natural shampoo and conditioner bar may seem like a small change but it holds significant influence for you, your hair and our planet.

It's not just about the product; it's about the power it holds. Our natural shampoo and conditioner bars may appear small, but they're a force to be reckoned with. Depending on your hair's length and thickness, one 75g shampoo bar can give you around 65-80 washes – that's equivalent to 2-3 regular shampoo bottles! And here's the beauty of it: you don't need to use as much because the ingredients are pure magic, concentrated and waterless, giving you more bang for your buck. 

Check the quick comparison of bottles v natural bars in our vid below or read on instead if you prefer!


@honey.bee.beauty #tiktokpoll Me reliving the same shampoo bar myths. Say #notoplasticbottles and hello #healthynaturalhair ♬ Triggered - SkyDxddy

Ever wondered why traditional shampoos are so runny? On average, they're about 75-85% water – talk about diluting the benefits. Not to mention the preservatives lurking in there. But worry not – once you make the switch, you're not just improving your hair’s look and feel; you're showing the planet some love too. Those plastic bottles? They'll out last your shampoo bar by around 450 years, not what we want on our eco conscience is it?


Our shampoo bars are firmly hand pressed, designed to stay together for many washes. Just remember to store them correctly on a slatted dish, a coir pad and allow them to dry out in between use.

2. They’ll be hard to work into a nice lather!


If you’ve felt like giving up on natural shampoo bars because you have tried ones that don’t lather well or leave a residue, then trying our Queen Bee shampoo will be a haircare revelation!

Our Queen Bee shampoo bars are proof that your haircare experience can be both eco-conscious and indulgent. Carefully formulated with gentle, natural cleansing powders and organic vinegars, they transform into a luscious lather that not only cleanses your hair but also pampers your scalp – all without the harsh chemicals.

Just watch how easy they are to use in the video below!


@honey.bee.beauty Come wash my hair with me 💇🏻‍♀️ . #washmyhairwithme #naturalshampoo #shampoobar #conditionerbar #naturalhaircareproducts ♬ Kelly Body - LIL ALFA


3. My bottled shampoo makes my hair look so shiny though!

That’s because traditional shampoos contain ingredients such as silicones that provide temporary shine by coating the hair shaft. These ingredients accumulate leading to long term issues like dullness, heavy residue and reduced hair health. It’s solely an immediate aesthetic boost with long term disadvantages.

Try our best selling Queen Bee shampoo to say goodbye to temporary shine and hello to long-term vibrancy that comes from nourishing oils, butters, and the power of natural ingredients.

4. I worry your natural shampoo bar will fade my colour?

Don’t be – they are colour safe, ‘bee-ing’ free from harsh sulphates and detergents that strip colour.

With the use of nourishing oils, butters, raw honey and organic vinegars they maintain the hair’s pH balance to preserve colour brilliance. Gentle rather than harsh cleansing, our shampoo bars help prevent premature colour fade . Our raw honey, organic vinegars and botanical extracts work to enhance the brilliance of natural or dyed hair colour.

5. But I need help with my thinning hair?


You need to try our natural shampoo bars!

Experience extremely quenching nourishment for thinning hair with organic vinegars with Mother to strengthen hair follicles by balancing pH while raw honey provides the essential nutrient emollient and humectant to support hair growth. Together these ingredients work to improve hair health volume for fuller bounce.

6. My scalp and hair are very sensitive.

Let them rejoice: our natural shampoo bars with raw honey are free from irritants, soothe sensitive scalps, nourish with natural enzymes for soft, happy, hair and calmed scalps. For a completely gentle cleansing experience for extremely delicate scalps which is free from fragrance and essential oils, click HERE for our Sensitive bee shampoo bar.

7. Wouldn’t I need to swap out my mainstream conditioner for a natural one too?

In short, yes.

Following up your natural shampoo with a traditional conditioner is not recommended. You are likely to undo the positive aspects your natural shampoo has imparted onto your hair and scalp by coating them back in chemicals and silicones when using your traditional conditioner.

Have a look at our natural conditioner bars for each hair type to maximise the health and vitality of your hair:

For our Queen Bee conditioner bar click HERE

For our Glossy bee conditioner for oilier hair click HERE

 For our Sensitive bee fragrance free conditioner bar for very sensitive scalps click HERE


10 reasons to revolutionise your haircare with our shampoo and conditioner bars

1. Unparalleled performance: clean, soften and volumise hair without tangles.

2. Goodbye, nasties: SLS, silicone and paraben free.

3. Scalp harmony: pH friendly organic vinegars.

4. Gentle care: contains non-drying, non-irritating natural ingredients.

5. Honey love: raw honey to deeply moisturise and condition the hair and scalp.

6. Colour safe

7. Luxury lather: easy to lather, rinses out easily without leaving residue.

8. Award winning: endorsed and recommended by the beauty Shortlist Awards who celebrate the best in natural beauty and wellness.

9. Hand crafted: made and moulded by hand in the UK.

10. Feel good: plastic free, eco-friendly, cruelty free and bee conscious.


Our unique shampoo bar innovation: harmonising Raw Welsh honey and organic vinegars.

We believe in delivering the purest, premium ingredient rich formulations for your hair that are hand crafted with a special selection of natural ingredients.

Our unique shampoo bars surpass other natural ones out there for us and our customers – why? It is the hair rejuvenating power of organic vinegars with Mother and the golden goodness of Welsh raw honey that sets us head and shoulders above the rest, creating a natural symphony of care for your hair.

So, if you are navigating the challenges of thinning hair, a sensitive scalp, menopausal hair challenges or looking to maintain your vibrant coloured locks, our natural shampoo bars, carefully infused with the potency of raw honey and vinegars with Mother are the perfect eco hair care solution.

Nature’s finest hair cleanse: organic vinegars with Mother

Making the switch to our organic vinegar infused shampoo bars will offer a gentle cleanse while balancing the PH of your scalp, ensuring it’s at the optimal level for healthy hair growth and to help protect from scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis.

Cleansing with a shampoo bar formulated with vinegars abundant with natural antioxidants works to remove the build-up left by traditional shampoos, daily pollutants and balance excess oils.

We infuse lashings of organic coconut vinegar for normal to dry hair types in our Queen bee bar and organic rosemary vinegar in our Glossy bee bar for oilier hair types.

The vinegars we use are carefully preserved with the Mother culture – this transformative ingredient not only cleanses; it balances the pH of your scalp, gently detoxifies laden locks and helps maintain the scalp’s natural oils and a healthy scalp barrier. The result? Hair that’s clean, naturally revitalised and brimming with life.

Raw Honey = Hair hero


Our ethically harvested Welsh raw honey, filled with the bee foraged delights from our rolling Welsh countryside is a true gift of vitality suitable for all hair types – we use lashings in each of our shampoo and conditioner bars!

Why? Bursting with antioxidants, enzymes and minerals, it’s our powerhouse ingredient to deeply nourish, moisturise and add a natural, radiant shine. This magical ancient elixir fortifies each strand with its nutritional richness.

A humectant and emollient, our raw honey offers intense hydration, drawing moisture from the air and locking it into your hair, ensuring your tresses stay hydrated, preventing dryness, frizz and split ends so you can get your honey hair glow on and flaunt revolutionised locks that radiate health and bounce.

And for your scalp? Whether you have dry or greasy hair raw honey brings a soothing anti-inflammatory touch to your scalp care routine, balancing oil production, combatting dandruff, itchiness, and irritation. Experience the bliss of a revitalised scalp, free from discomfort and enjoy happy itch free and flake free hair with confidence and shine thanks to the brilliance of nature’s golden nectar.

Make the switch to these eco-friendly honey-luscious, pH friendly shampoo bars to embrace a ‘Queen Bee’ haircare routine that truly nourishes your locks while ditching the plastic and promoting a greener planet.

Holistic Honey Haircare

Using the right haircare products can have such an immediate effect on our self-esteem. There is nothing quite like clean, lush, healthy, manageable hair to help us feel confident, ready to face the world with a spring in our step is there?

We hope we have helped guide you in the quest for great looking and feeling hair; on what to look out for and what to avoid for a healthier and happier body, mind and soul.

Please, if you have any questions about our range of haircare, are unsure which bar to choose, or would like some individually tailored advice, simply hit reply and we will be more than happy to help you.

Here’s to happy honeylicious hair!

Much love,

Cath, Bec and the bees x

P.s Remember we offer starter sizes in all our shampoo and conditioner bars if you would like to try them out before committing to the full sizes. Simply select the ‘try me’ option at the top of the product page.

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