Body wash and shampoo are soaps intended for cleaning different skins of the human body. Let’s say you have used body wash as shampoo. Now the question is – what happens if you put body wash in your hair?
Well, nothing serious will happen if it is a single bath. You may just feel some minor discomforts in your scalp and hair, or even may not.
But things won’t go easy if you use body wash on your hair continuously. Read this article to know the complications of using body wash as a shampoo alternative.
Can body wash be used for hair?
Body wash cannot be used for hair more than once. Regular use of it will disrupt the pH balance of the scalp. And imbalanced scalp pH results in dry, flaky, or even psoriatic scalp.
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Is body wash the same as shampoo?
No, it is not. How they differ has been presented in the comparison table below.
|Key factors||Body wash||Shampoo|
|Working area||Body skin, which is a living organism||Hair, which is a dead cell emerging from the beneath of the scalp.|
|Functionality||Removes dirt, dead cells, and odor from the body||Removes dirt, dead skin cells, grease, and natural oils from the scalp. Later, it replaces the natural oils and moisturizes the scalp.|
|Ingredients||Water and glycerin are the active ingredients. Surfactants of body wash are milder. Other natural ingredients ensure a healthy and young-looking skin.||Shampoo’s surfactants are stronger detergents. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the active ingredient. It contains several natural oils and essential oils to replace the stripped oil from the scalp.|
|pH level||Ranges between 5 and 6.5||Between 4 and 6.|
What happens if you accidentally put body wash in your hair
If it happens for the first time, nothing to worry about, just make sure this accident does not repeat in future.
Accidental application of body wash as hair shampoo won’t cause any terrific damage. At worse, your hair will be dryer and more tangly than usual, followed by dandruff.
The only solution is, rewash your hair as thoroughly as possible. Shampoo and condition your hair and rinse it using cold water.
If there is no shampoo, you can wash off the body wash using conditioner only. Let the conditioner sit for 5-10 minutes on your hair. Finally, rinse it with cold water.
No matter which method you follow, make sure the body wash is entirely rinsed out. If you use the conditioner-only method, use a leave-in conditioner. It will nourish the hair throughout the day.
Can body wash make your hair fall out
Body wash has the potentiality to make you bald. Continuous use of body wash on the head won’t cause anything good.
When you are out of hair shampoo, you can use a bottle of body wash in a pinch as an alternative. After the shower, you may not feel any serious issue on your hair right away. Problems will occur when you will be too lazy to buy shampoo, because body wash did not go harsh on your hair.
Hair shampoo washes out the natural oil of the scalp but moisturizes and nourishes it after cleaning. Also, shampoo has all the ingredients that hair needs.
Body wash only removes dirt and odor from the body skin. It does contain nutrients intended for hair. So body wash cannot do the job of shampoo.
Regular or prolonged use of body wash on hair will dry out the scalp but won’t clean it properly. A dry and itchy scalp is the first outcome you will notice.
It is the scalp which provides nourishment to the hair. If it is destroyed, hair will suffer too. Without nutrition, your hair will be dry, frizzy, lifeless, and splitty. Hair fall will hit the last nail in the coffin.
Some body washes are 2-in-1, meaning formulated for both body and scalp. They will help to keep your scalp intact and healthy. You can buy one and use it as shampoo once or many times without worries.
What to use if you run out of shampoo?
The body wash vs. shampoo debate is quite a headache. You can avoid it by trying some cost-effective, eco-friendly ingredients on your hair. Here are the top 5 shampoo alternatives with application guidelines.
- Baking soda
Known as a natural exfoliant, baking soda gently detoxes hair by reducing dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil, and itchiness.
How to apply:
- Add 1 tbsp baking soda to 1 cup of water.
- Pour the mixture in a bottle and shake well to dissolve thoroughly.
- Squeeze it on your wet scalp and keep rubbing it for a few minutes.
- Rinse it out thoroughly so that soda won’t stick to your hair.
The amount of baking soda will vary depending on the hair density. Thicker and curlier hair needs more than 1 tbsp, while thinner hair needs less than that.
- Apple cider vinegar
It contains vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, mild acids, and essential minerals. Apple cider vinegar makes hair detangled, strong, shiny, and smooth. Besides, it maintains hair color, hair’s pH balance, and seals the hair cuticles.
How to apply:
This vinegar works as a conditioner replacement. You need to mix 1 tbsp of apple cider with 1 cup of water in a bottle. Apply it on the ends of your shampooed hair, wait for a few seconds, and rinse it out.
Another application of apple cider vinegar is adding 2-3 tbsp of it to a cup of water. Mix thoroughly and pour it on your wet hair. Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minutes and rinse it out thoroughly.
Lemon is another cost-effective, better say, one of the cheapest shampoo alternatives.
It not only makes hair smooth and strong but also cures dandruff-ridden hair with anti-microbial properties and a pH adjuster. On the other hand, other nutrients of lemon solves various scalp issues.
How to apply:
- Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 2 cups of water.
- Combine thoroughly by shaking.
- Pour and massage the mixture in your hair for 2-3 minutes and wash it off.
- Or, apply the diluted lemon juice to your hair and the scalp, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Then rinse it out with warm water.
You can use lemon for twice or thrice a week. Use amla juice instead if there is no lemon available in the house.
- Aloe Vera
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera excellently treats dandruff. Moreover, aloe vera breaks down dead cells as well as grease and hydrates the scalp. In short, it ensures strong hair and promotes hair growth as a pro.
How to apply:
Create a homemade shampoo using gel of one aloe, 1 vitamin E capsule, 1 tbsp yogurt, and 1 banana. Blend all the ingredients, apply it to your hair, wait for 15 minutes, and wash it off with water.
- Vinegar and egg
The protein- and vitamins-enriched egg acts both as a surfactant and a conditioner. It provides soft and shiny hair, especially benefits dry hair. Vinegar reduces hair fall and strengthens hair locks. When you are out of shampoo, use a vinegar-egg conditioner.
How to apply:
Blend 3 eggs, 1 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp honey, and ½ tsp olive oil. Apply this thick paste to the hair tips. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off using water.
Can I wash my hair with shower gel?
In short, shower gel is inapplicable on hair. It is formulated only for the body, not the scalp. If the product package indicates, only then you can use it to wash your hair in a pinch. Even if the package says nothing, you shouldn’t use shower gel as a shampoo substitute more than once. Otherwise, it will strip away the natural oil of the scalp and damage hair.
Does body wash make your hair greasy
Body wash is not strong enough to clean the grease and dirt trapped in hair. As a result, your scalp will have residues left. And the grease that was meant to be removed will keep the hair weighed down, flat, and greasy.
I hope you have got the answer of what happens if you put body wash in your hair. Body wash and shampoo- both are cleaning agents with different formulations and objectives.
Though they have a few ingredients in common, they are not interchangeable. It would be better to stock enough shampoo bottles or use DIY shampoo alternatives in a pinch, rather than using body wash as shampoo.
I have also written about how to turn body wash into perfume?