Can I use bar soap to wash my hair instead of shampoo?

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Hand soap can be used as a shampoo, but you may not like the results.

Before the invention of shampoo, regular ole’ soap was used for everything from cleaning hair to cleaning clothes.

At their most basic level, shampoo and soap do the same thing and can be used interchangeably. Your hair will be equally clean using shampoo or bar soap (assuming one is not more watered down). In fact, the first shampoo sold was just shavings of soap that had been boiled down and had herbs added to result in a nice smelling liquid “shampoo.”

If you decide to use regular soap, your hair will be clean, but it may not look or feel like you’re used to it looking and feeling. Most of the extra chemical ingredients in shampoo are included for purposes other than cleaning. They are usually there to make your hair feel smooth, smell good, look shiny, etc.

For example, look at the back of your shampoo bottle. You will likely see sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) and/or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). These are foaming agents that are there primarily there to give you that foamy visual impression that your hair is being cleaned rather than actually cleaning it.

INTERESTING FACTS
  1. The word shampoo comes from the Hindi word, “champo,” which means message or press.
  2. Washing your hands with dish-soap can result in cracked skin in the long run because it’s so potent.
  3. Astronauts wash their hair with a no-rinse shampoo.
  4. The first commercially available shampoo was sold in 1903 in Germany.
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INTERESTING REFERENCES
  1. Bustle.com – Is Soap Bad For Your Hair? It Depends How Often You’re Using It
  2. Self.com – Can You Wash Your Hair With Soap?
  3. Byrdie.com – Shampoo Facts

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