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How To Shampoo Natural Hair


Shampooing hair may seem like a simple, straightforward task. The shorter your hair, the easier it will be. As your natural hair grows, you may need to take additional steps when shampooing to prevent tangles and matting. Here's how:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 to 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Longer hair may need to be sectioned before you begin shampooing. Use hair clips to hold hair into four to eight sections.
  2. If your hair is tangled, use your fingers to comb through sections. Your hair doesn't need to be completely tangle-free, but working through tangles before getting the hair wet cuts down on possible matting problems.
  3. Wet your hair in sections thoroughly. If your hair is very thick and/or long, a detachable shower head makes wetting every strand easier. It may take a few minutes to completely saturate your hair.
  4. Put a small amount of moisturizing shampoo in your hands and rub them together before applying to your scalp. Rub the shampoo into your scalp with the balls of your fingers, not your nails. Concentrate on cleansing the scalp.
  5. Allow the water to work the shampoo down the shaft of your hair. You can help it along with your fingers. Unless you have heavy products or buildup in your hair, you don't need to scrub the hair squeaky clean with shampoo.
  6. Work one section of your hair at a time, clipping it back into place when you're finished.
  7. If you shampoo at least once a week, one lather session should be enough. If you shampoo less often or if you have heavy buildup, a second shampoo may be required.
  8. Thoroughly rinse the hair, beginning with the scalp and working the water down. Make sure all traces of shampoo are rinsed away.


  1. Do not ball or pile your hair on top of your head when shampooing. This is a great way to get tangles.
  2. Use moisturizing shampoos.

What You Need:

  • Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Hair Clips
  • (Optional) Detachable Shower Head
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