Soap and shampoo are somewhat similar in characteristics yet designed for different purposes. We all have walked into a situation in the shower where we find that either you run out of soap or shampoo.
In this article, we will take a look at whether you can switch them up or not.
Can you Wash Your Body with Shampoo and Vice Versa?
The answer to this question is yes, you can. You won’t face any problems if you do it occasionally. Soap and shampoo are specifically designed for the body and hair, respectively.
Soap is more alkaline, whereas shampoo is acidic. Soap is comparatively harsh, and it is designed to remove all the oils and grease from your body.
The cleaning agents in soap are much more powerful compared to shampoo. Shampoo uses SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE and SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE as cleaning and surfactant agents.
They are not as powerful as soap. It is designed so that it cleans the hair and retains the natural oils in the hair.
So, if you use soap in your hair, your hair will dry, and all the natural oils from your scalp will be wiped out.
On the other hand, if you use shampoo in your body, your body will not be cleaned since it cannot remove all the oils, grease, and dirt from your body.
What Happens When You Wash Your Hair with Soap?
Soap is generally made by using synthetic detergents. What are synthetic detergents? They are made by adding fatty alcohols with acid. Soap has a pH of 9-10, highly alkaline.
It is designed for body use.
Our body accumulates more dirt, oils, and grease than hair. The high alkalinity and harshness of the soap help it to solubilize the oils and grease with water and wash it out.
Using soap in hair occasionally is fine, but for regular use, it is terrible. Our scalp produces natural oil, which is vital for the hair.
That is why shampoo is designed in such a way that it retains all those natural oils. But soap is a potent cleaning agent.
It removes all the natural oils from the scalp that are necessary. Also, soap is a powerful drying agent. It leaves the hair dry and weak.
These are the symptoms will you will find if you wash your hair with soap:
01. You will Develop Soap Scum in Your Hair
Soap is more concentrated than shampoo. The detergents in soap don’t work in hard water; it only works in soft water. If you use soap to wash your hair, you will see soap debris in your hair. It is very harmful to the hair. It can lead to infection and dandruff.
02. Your Hair will Become Dry
As I’ve already mentioned, soap is a potent drying agent; it makes the hair dry, unlike shampoo. The shampoo leaves your hair shiny and smooth. If your hair becomes dry, it looks terrible and ugly.
03. You will be Deprived of the Natural Essential Oils of the Scalp
Soap is designed to get rid of oils and grease. But our hair needs those oils to stay healthy. But using it will get rid of those essential oils.
04. Your Scalp will be Prone to Infection
Our scalp has an acidic environment to battle bacteria, microorganisms, and viruses. But soap is highly alkaline. Using soap will destroy the acidic environment of the scalp, making it prone to infection.
05. You will Experience Hair Fall
The hair loses its strength due to the harshness and high concentration of soap. Using soap regularly causes hair to fall out.
How to Wash Hair with Soap
I highly recommend not using soap to wash your hair. But if you are in a tricky situation and have no other option, you can do something that will reduce the side effects of soap.
What Happens When You Wash Your Body with Shampoo?
Shampoo, unlike soap, works more like a detergent. Shampoo uses lower surface-active agents such as SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE and SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE.
These ingredients work as cleaning agents by mixing water with oil and grease. But they are not as powerful as soap. The reason for that is to retain the natural oil of the scalp.
But soap, conversely, is designed to get rid of every oil and grease. So shampoo cannot remove all the dirt, oils, and grease from the body as soap does.
The primary skincare lesson is not to get skin oily. But shampoo, due to its lower surface-active agents, cannot clean the body entirely.
Here’s what will happen if you wash your body with shampoo:
01. Your Body will not Feel Clean: As stated earlier, shampoo uses lower surface-active agents, which cannot clean the body like soap.
02. Your Body will Feel Moisturized: As I already said, it cannot clean all the oils from the body, so your body will feel moisturized. If you are someone suffering from skin dryness, it can be a game-changer.
03. You might Experience Irritation: The shampoo is acidic. It is because our scalp is acidic, and shampoo is designed for the scalp. But our body is less acidic than our scalp. So in the beginning using shampoo can irritate your body.
How to Use Shampoo to Wash Your Body?
Unlike soap’s adverse effect on hair, shampoo doesn’t have a terrible impact on the body. Using shampoo will cause no skin harm or damage.
The shampoo is less harsh than soap. But still, I wouldn’t recommend using shampoo on your body.
There is nothing much you can do to reduce the side effects of shampoo on your body; since there is hardly any.
But, one thing you should remember is that shampoo is a less harsh cleaner than soap, but it is more lather forming than soap.
Due to that, cleaning shampoo from your body takes a lot of time, and it is a lot harder. If you don’t wash off shampoo properly, it will leave residues, making your skin feel slimy and unpleasant.
So, make sure that you wash it off properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
A. YES! If you are an occasional user, then it’s okay. But using soap regularly to wash your hair can be very detrimental. Soap will make your hair dry and weak, which will eventually cause hair fall. Also, using soap will destroy the acidic environment of the scalp, which will make it easy for bacteria, viruses, and fungi to infect you.
A. NO! You cannot, and you should never use shampoo to clean your private parts. Shampoo cannot properly remove dirt and oil, so if your private part is unclean, it will lead to infection.
A. It is a big NO! Our face is arguably one of the most sensitive parts of our body. The shampoo has a slightly acidic pH, which can cause irritations and even scars on your face. Also, keeping your face oily is the ugliest thing in the world, and shampoo cannot properly remove oils and dirt. So, using shampoo on your face is a terrible idea.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you are in a tricky situation where you have to use shampoo in your body or soap in your hair, then you can go for it. Using them occasionally in the opposite part of your body will cause you no harm. But regular use should not be considered.