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To use washing up liquid from now on?

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Nyctophyllia Thu 17-Oct-19 22:31:34

Ran out of shampoo and used sainsburys washing up liquid on my hair this morning
Omg my hair was amazing, soft and shiny, better than any shampoo I've used
Do you think it wreck hair if used long term?

CherryBathBomb Mon 28-Oct-19 18:00:49

It didn't do anything for my face but i washed my hair with fairy 4 days ago and its still feels super clean, whereas i was washing it every other day!

I know it strips your hair so will only use it occasionally when there's a build up smile

whitebowls Sat 26-Oct-19 13:53:30

Just washed my hair with Fairy washing up liquid after reading this thread.
It's lovely, soft, shiny and manageable.
Thanks for the tip. thanks

Nyctophyllia Fri 18-Oct-19 21:37:15

I do just condition the ends, it really needs washed every day but if I'm not going out anywhere I dont bother
I might try it again tomorrow, it was Tesco apple washing liquid I used not sainsburys as i said earlier

edwardcullensotherwoman Fri 18-Oct-19 21:05:32

It's great for stripping product etc out (I use it before putting in taped extensions so the adhesive grabs better sand they don't slip) but I wouldn't use it regularly.
It will dry out your hair and make your scalp more greasy, and if your hair is coloured it'll fade ready fast.
@Nyctophyllia the best thing for greasy hair is to wash with water that's not to hot, don't be too rough when massaging your scalp (both of these stimulate the glands that produce the oil) and when conditioning just apply to mid lengths and ends 

TheNumberOneSourceOfEverything Fri 18-Oct-19 20:42:46

My mother did this a few times when we were skint and it destroyed my hair. Made it all dry and brittle as well as irritant my scalp and making it extremely dry, flakey and itchy which cause hair to fall out.

It's another thing from my childhood that makes me stock several of incase I find myself in the poverty I was in as a child.

If I didn't half a few bottles of shampoo in and I ran out I'd rather suffer the greasy hair than the damage washing up liquid caused. I'd use mild hand soap, bubble bath or shower gel before I used dishwashing liquid.

LadyOfTheCanyon Fri 18-Oct-19 20:28:12

He said "the official advice is to leave it alone but no one does that!"

That's the human condition right there!

BooseysMom Fri 18-Oct-19 20:14:12

Mum always used Fairy Liquid to wash the dogs. Later on i thought it must be to save money. I always remember them having their special bath days in the same bath we all used then she'd lift them out and we all used to run for cover before they shook all the water off themselves! Happy days!

Ferretyone Fri 18-Oct-19 19:57:20


I can top that! Years and years ago I had very bad acne [blackheads]. The doctor said that he should not say but to use a paste made out of washing powder [alright "Daz"] and scrub with a loofah. It worked a treat.

He said "the official advice is to leave it alone but no one does that!"

LadyOfTheCanyon Fri 18-Oct-19 19:31:36

This is making me all misty eyed for my baths in the 70s when I would beg for bubble bath and my Mum would roll her eyes and squirt a lavish dollop of Fairy Liquid in.
May or may not have contributed to lifelong psoriasis, who knows? Good times! <sobs quietly>

combatbarbie Fri 18-Oct-19 19:26:39

What liquid were you using, ive used washing liquid when I had a purple shampoo disaster and it made my hair like straw lol

speakout Fri 18-Oct-19 19:08:16


I sympathise.

My dog once managed to snaffle a 2lb block of stilton from a shelf in the kitchen one christmas.
I have never smelled anything so bad the next day -all over the house and his rear end.
I used vosene to bathe him.

Still gag at the smell of vosene to this day.

User478 Fri 18-Oct-19 19:00:15

After the Dog ate 1lb of butter we had to wash him with washing up liquid. It was the only thing that shifted the smell envy (not envy).
Made him lemony fresh.

UserThenLotsOfNumbers Fri 18-Oct-19 17:35:06

Washing up liquid is ok occasionally for stripping out product or hair dye from your hair, would definitely not use it every wash though.

Rubyupbeat Fri 18-Oct-19 17:30:03

No, it has chemicals in that shouldn't be on your skin. You shouldn't even wash dogs eith it!

MerryDeath Fri 18-Oct-19 17:11:04

it will be very drying. it has probably given you a lovely deep clarifying clean and removed all your build up. but repeated use i would definitely not recommend. try bumble and bumble sunday for an occasional clarifying/chelating deep cleanse and follow with a moisturising deep conditioner.

NationMcKinley Fri 18-Oct-19 17:04:00

I wash my hair in washing up liquid once or twice a month. Have done for years after it was recommended on here as a cheap way of removing residue and build up from hair products. I think it’s great but I wouldn’t do it more than that

ALongHardWinter Fri 18-Oct-19 16:56:23

I tried this once,a couple of years ago when I'd run out of shampoo. Never again! My hair went like straw!

NoraThePessimist Fri 18-Oct-19 16:12:40

My grandparents used Fairy as their shampoo their whole lives, both had the thickest softest hair you can imagine,in both cases a Santa white, and both died of old age related stuff with full heads of hair.

Anecdotal but whenever I've tried it, every few years, it does feel nicer... But I personally wouldn't use daily in case it went like straw (it's prone to when using harsher stuff).

Baby shampoo is also nice and gentle too (the yellow no tears kind), it settles my hair down if I've abused it a bit too much over a period of time.

EntropyRising Fri 18-Oct-19 16:00:36

Eek! Your poor hair! You've over-stripped it!

hula008 Fri 18-Oct-19 15:58:22

Not sure if anyone's said this but if you strip the oil from your hair with washing up liquid it will probably become even greasier to compensate

Drivemecrazy1974 Fri 18-Oct-19 15:55:22

I remember when I was a kid and money was tight, occasionally my mum would make me use washing up liquid because she simply didn't have any shampoo in the house and couldn't afford it!
I also remember my hair being lovely and soft afterwards! Mind you, I wouldn't want to use it now, but, saying that, it can't be any harsher than something like Vosene which I occasionally use to strip a build up of conditioner out of my hair!

Heismyopendoor Fri 18-Oct-19 15:53:13

Personally I wouldn’t, but then I don’t use any harsh sulphates.

A lot of people use it for a final wash for curly girl method and it is known to make hair incredibly dry.

BalloonSlayer Fri 18-Oct-19 15:47:08

No I don't Ponoka, grin - Mum and Dad split up when I was 8 or so and I had forgotten all about it till once I was at his house (he had remarried) and saw the Daz on the edge of the bath. Stepmum had presumably managed to ban it in the kitchen!

Gimmechipschocolateandcake Fri 18-Oct-19 14:21:08

It's not just an irritant to skin and eyes, it's also dangerous to aquatic life,and there you go washing even more of it down the drains!🤦‍♀️

P1nkHeartLovesCake Fri 18-Oct-19 11:49:07

If you colour Dye your hair, don’t do it! It will strip the colour out

If your hair isn’t dyed I can’t see the issue

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