Arguably, there’s a right and wrong way to shampoo your hair. The shampoo is, you know, basic hygiene. Do it the right way will give you clean, silky, and bouncy hair. And, if done wrong, dirt and excess oil will build up on hair making them rough and weak. All good blowout starts with the shampoo bowl. Chances are you’re shampooing once a week. But, even after that, you’re not happy with the result. That’s why you’re here today.

You’re not alone. Many people make mistakes while applying shampoo. To help you out, we’ve described the right process of shampooing step by step. Start learning and master your shampooing skills.

Every shampoo has a different purpose to serve. For instance, use anti-dandruff shampoo for fighting dandruff. Similarly, people with kinky or coarse hair should use shampoo rich in glycerin and shea butter. Look at the chart to find out what type of shampoo you should use.

One of the often-ignored steps of a morning shower routine is detangling the hair. Detangling is important to prevent hair from becoming weak and falling off. Always, use a wide-toothed comb for detangling.

 Starting with a hard palette may make it tough for you to get the shampoo off from your hair. Better if you use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Lukewarm water opens up the hair cuticles and allows easy penetration of your poo.  As a result, the penetrated shampoo will more efficiently remove the excess dirt and oil from hair. Hence, without a wet foundation, your hair may not get cleaned properly. Remember to dunk your head before adding shampoo.

Shampoo shouldn’t sit in a blob only to one part of your hair. It should spread evenly on the scalp. First of all, take a small dollop of shampoo in a mug and mix it with water. Unless your hair is very thick, avoid taking more than a quarter of shampoo. Then, spread it across each strand of your hair. Make sure all of your hair is getting even coverage. If your hair is longer than past your shoulder, do conditioning first.

Your scalp needs a salon-type massage in the shower. Begin by massaging your scalp with shampoo at the temples. Avoid scratching the scalp with nails. Rather, use the tip of your fingers to massage gently in an up-and-down motion. Gradually, work your way to the top. And, finally, come to the hairline. Do this for 2-3 minutes.

Use cold water for final rinsing. This will seal the cuticles and restore the moisture. Wash the hair thoroughly so that no shampoo is left on the hair. Otherwise, your hair will become dry and damaged.

Never apply conditioner to your scalp. Conditioning the scalp will make the hair roots even oilier. Apply conditioner from mid to the ends of your hair. The ends of your hair need to be moisturized more as they’re the driest. So, focus more on the tips while applying the conditioner. Wait for 3-5 minutes before washing.

Wash your hair properly using cool running water. Don’t scrub the hair while washing. Cool water will prevent your hair from absorbing more moisture from the environment. However, if you’ve coily or curly hair texture, leave a little bit of conditioner on hair for smoothening effect.

Never use a towel to rub your hair for drying. The rubbing will make the roots of hair weak and they will fall off. Instead, pat gently to dry your hair. Once done, allow your hair to dry naturally.


a) Are you supposed to shampoo your hair everyday?

Shampooing every day can take away the natural oil from hair roots. Plus, daily shampooing will make your hair brittle and prone to breakage. Try to shampoo 2-3 times a week for the desired results.

b) Can you wash your hair without shampooing?

You can wash your hair with water only in between the days of shampooing. Wetting the hair everyday does not pose much risk.

c) How long should you leave shampoo in your hair?  

Three minutes. This is the magic number for cleansing the scalp with shampoo, which applies to everyone. Whatever type or length of hair you’ve to wait for 3 minutes before washing off the shampoo.

d) Should you shampoo twice every time you wash your hair?

We don’t recommend shampooing twice.  Shampooing twice can make your hair drier. The hair may become dull and appear lifeless. If you’re shampooing twice a week, applying shampoo only once during the shower routine is enough.


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