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Olavi
November 21st, 2015, 04:34 PM
Inspired by ”body wash for hair?” -thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=134977) started by LeMimi13, I decided to do a little experiment. The plan is to wash my hair with all my three body washes and lastly with my normal shampoo and record the results. Because of the circumstances I don't use body wash on my body, and the bottles have just been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. So this is also to determine if I can use them this way or should I just dumb them to my mother.

Rules for the experiment, set by me:

-Pre-washing, washing and post-washing should proceed as it would with shampoo if possible.
-Pictures will be taken when damp, dry, and day after.

Yeah, I'm not much of a rule maker.

Background info:
I'm 24 years old clothing artisan student from Finland living in shared apartment with two flatmates. I have about armpit length hair which at the times feels ridiculously thick. I don't dye my hair. I don't don't use deep conditioners ever, normal conditioners very rarely and only if I have to and leave-ins every once in a while. I enjoy occasional sauna when I visit my parents, and don't protects my hair (I only like sauna around 60°C, and haven't had problems). I have had atopic skin since I was a baby, and it tend to get dry, irritates easily and itches chronically (Started when I was I teeny-tiny baby and haven't paused since). I have BAD history with body washes (two full body eczemas and numerous lesser ones + I'm sensitive to fragrances).

Washing routine:
I wash every two days between noon and night, and comb and brush with BBB until I have hair covered in sebum as much as possible. Then I jump into shower and stand in the warm water for a while because the apartment is freezing cold at the times. After that I put [detergent] in scalp and canopy and lather. Lathering usually takes around half minute if I'm not in hurry. Before rinsing I wash my face, decoltee and armpits. I rinse until I don't feel any [detergent] left and stand in the shower for few minutes because I don't want to leave the only warm place in the apartment.
Then I finally leave shower, and gently put my hair on towel turbie (if I didn't it would be dripping wet for a very long time). I take the turbie out after ~30 minutes and let the air do the rest. I finger comb when damp.

The contestants:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19931&d=1448143146 http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19945&d=1448143383

I will start with “Shower and bath oil mandarin” body wash from Dermosil.
"Ravistettava ennen käyttöä" means you should shake the bottle before use. I didn't. Oops? It smells heavenly, and what's the most important, I haven't reacted to it in any bad way. No skin reactions and no eye reactions. And it's oil based, how bad can it be to hair?


http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19933&d=1448143148 http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19935&d=1448143150

Second will be Palmolive shower milk with “honey and nourishing milk”.
It has lactose! I'm lactose intolerant!! Oh noes!!!
Just kidding. Me and this particular body wash has longest history of all the contestants. I used it before my bad reaction to one of my dad's shower gels and quit using all soapy things for few years, but I haven't had issues with it.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19936&d=1448143151 http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19946&d=1448143384


Third contestant is from the same brand as the first, Dermosil and is called “Nature body wash”. I suspect green washing with this...
I actually didn't bought it, my dad gave it to me. Apparently his co-worker with sensitive skin had recommended it? I don't know, he just dropped this to me alongside with paired body lotion. I like the lotion but it turns out my skin flora doesn't. I have used this maybe two times, and hadn't any issues, but it was moths ago. I don't even remember how it smells. *goes sniffing* Smells fine, but doesn't beat the first two.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19938&d=1448143153 http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19947&d=1448143385

Fourth contestant is just for reference as it is the shampoo I currently use every second day. It's from brand called XZ and called “Shampoo Teatree - for greasy hair”.
This also has menthol in it, so it smell amazing! It works for me, and my hair feels good after it. With my washing method it doesn't rip too much oils from my hair.

And the testing begins!

Day 1.
I started with the oil based body wash. It smells heavenly like mandarin, and has thick texture. It was tiny bit tricky to get it to all of my scalp and canopy, but it lather surprisingly well. I massaged bit longer than normally so everything would lather.
After rinsing my hair felt bit more dried than normally, but that might me just the longer rinsing. I put the towel turbie as I normally do.
At first my scalp was itching more than it would normally, but it calmed very quickly. I had towel turbie maybe 45 minutes before I removed it and I took first photo of my hair.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19942&d=1448143157

While damp my hair feels actually nicer than with shampoo. Doesn't feel dry or oily, but feels really soft. Doesn't tangle any more that it would usually and it is easy to manage. I can still faintly smell the mandarin.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19943&d=1448143158

At this point my hair is nearly dry. Feels otherwise good, but I found out the body wash hadn't rinsed of properly on part of the hair. I ponytailed rest of the hair, and re-rinsed the part with residue. Bit annoying, but nothing I haven't occasionally experienced with shampoo. Excluding now wet re-rinsed part (about ¼ of hair) my hair feels and looks good.

~*~

I will continue updating until I have recorded my hair with my normal shampoo. I normally have one day between washes, so this might take a while :D And btw, in the last two pics, my hair is trolling me. It looks like it isn't even near the APL. I suspect the self photographing and the angle plays tricks.

Edit. Due to recommendation of lapushka, my cycle will be body wash - shampoo - body wash - shampoo - body wash - shampoo, so residues of the previous body wash wont affect the next.

lapushka
November 21st, 2015, 04:48 PM
I would wash with shampoo every other time. So body wash - shampoo - body wash - shampoo, to properly test and get all the residue out of your hair. The ingredients don't look so bad to me! :) It's promising!!!

Arctic
November 21st, 2015, 04:53 PM
This is interesting! Good luck! (Yay to XZ shampoo!)

You know, you might like washing your hair in sections. It would be easier to both wash/lather and rinse.

Olavi
November 21st, 2015, 05:05 PM
I would wash with shampoo every other time. So body wash - shampoo - body wash - shampoo, to properly test and get all the residue out of your hair. The ingredients don't look so bad to me! :) It's promising!!!

Ah, you're right! I didn't think of that. I will edit my plan a little :)


This is interesting! Good luck! (Yay to XZ shampoo!)

You know, you might like washing your hair in sections. It would be easier to both wash/lather and rinse.

Might be, but I decided I will make as little changes to my normal routine as possible, for the sake of SCIENCE :magic: I will try after the experiment :)

And thank you! I really do hope they don't wreck my hair :'D So far it looks promising, as my hair feels good after the oil based body wash.

papayatree
November 21st, 2015, 05:09 PM
I like this experiment Olavi. Its a good idea that you are using three different body washes and a shampoo as your control. This makes the science person in me happy!

Olavi
November 21st, 2015, 05:32 PM
I like this experiment Olavi. Its a good idea that you are using three different body washes and a shampoo as your control. This makes the science person in me happy!

I wanted this to be as sciency as possible (with lots of humour of course ;) )

http://i.imgur.com/GBnlPMn.gif

I think this gif from Adam Savage is appropriate in this situation.

papayatree
November 21st, 2015, 05:43 PM
I wanted this to be as sciency as possible (with lots of humour of course ;) )

http://i.imgur.com/GBnlPMn.gif

I think this gif from Adam Savage is appropriate in this situation.
:spitting: that is so true! :p

Nadine <3
November 21st, 2015, 07:15 PM
Ooohhh, interesting! I've used body wash as shampoo before with good results, but I'm curious to see how this turns out!

turtlelover
November 21st, 2015, 10:45 PM
I used Aveda body wash as shampoo before, and it worked just like shampoo, but it was more sulfate based I believe. This is a fun thread!

Olavi
November 22nd, 2015, 02:31 PM
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19966&d=1448223481

Nothing out of ordinance on the day 2. Hair is bit greasy, but my period is coming, and it tend to cause greasiness for me. So far the first hair wash feels even boringly normal :/

Tomorrow is shampoo day and very busy one too, because I have to wash my hair right after I get home from school and I'm leaving hour later to meet older relative and to attend my mom's orchestra's concert.

And I have to admit, my hairline looks kinda awful and I might have to cut it soon...