Hair Shampoo Guide- Step-By-Step Instructions For Great Results


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Hair Shampoo Guide- Step-By-Step Instructions For Great Results

Author: Mike Jones

Just how many times a week should you use hair shampoo?

It all depends on the individual and the environment in which you live. The main aim of everyone of course should be clean healthy hair.

Whether you need to shampoo daily or not will depend on whether you live in an urban environment where your hair is likely to pick up dirt and grime more quickly.

It can also depend on the season of the year. For many people, hotter seasons of the year require them to shampoo more often than in the cooler seasons.

That aside, the steps outlined below will help you avoid unnecessarily subjecting your hair to harsh treatment or even damage when using shampoo and at the same time get great results.

Be sure to choose a shampoo that is suited to your hair type, whether it be oily, dry, or chemically treated.

Step 1

Either go through your hair with a wide-tooth comb to loosen dirt and dead skin or gently massage the scalp for a couple of minutes which will do the same job.

Combing also has the advantage of making sure your hair is not tangled before you wash it. Wet hair is fragile and trying to de-tangle wet hair can cause damage.

Step 2

Thoroughly wet the hair with WARM water, avoid high temperatures.

Step 3

After putting a dollop of shampoo on the palm of one hand and then dividing it into the palm of the other hand (simply rub hands together), gently distribute the shampoo over your hair as evenly as possible, preferably using a stroking action. (See Appendix regarding quantity)

Step 4

Rinse the hair with generous quantities of warm water.

Step 5

Rinse your hair again with generous quantities of warm water. (For many people, one time is insufficient. It takes a lot of water to thoroughly rinse away the shampoo. Remember, shampoo residue left in the hair can contribute to dull looking hair.)

Step 6

Use a towel and dab your hair, (don’t rub), to remove excess water.

Step 7

Put a dollop of conditioner into the palm of your hand, divide it into the palm of the other hand and evenly distribute over the surface of the hair. Generally this light application will be enough to treat the hair. Usually it doesn’t increase the effectiveness of the conditioner to leave it on for extended periods. Conditioner usually works immediately it comes in contact with the hair and hair cuticles.

Step 8

Rinse the conditioner away thoroughly with WARM water.

Step 9

Dab or pat your hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Don’t rub as wet hair is fragile and liable to be damaged with rough handling. Wrapping the towel around the head for a few minutes can be effective in getting rid of the moisture.


How much shampoo should you use?

If you wash your hair every day one application of shampoo, a dollop roughly 1 inch in diameter, should be enough.

If you wash your hair after two or three days, you may need to repeat the application.

The pH factor

Some hair shampoos are advertised to give your hair more bounce or body. It is possible some shampoos just give the impression of added bounce because of their alkaline content. The reality is they can make your hair brittle and stiff.

Good quality hair shampoos that really add volume to your hair should have an acid balance between pH 4.5 and pH 5.5.

Regarding the pH factor, Proctor and Gamble give this helpful information:

“When a shampoo with a different pH factor is applied to the hair, the pH levels of the hair and scalp are altered temporarily. Often within minutes however, the hair and scalp return to their normal pH after the shampoo has been washed away and the hair and scalp dry out.

It is only when the pH of a shampoo does not fall within the normal range of 4 – 9 that it can affect the hair. If left on for a long time, highly acidic products with a pH under 4, or highly alkaline products with a pH over 9, can break down the bonds which hold the hair shaft together and cause permanent damage.”

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20 Responses to “Hair Shampoo Guide- Step-By-Step Instructions For Great Results”

  1. JessW says:

    i am trying to grow my hair hair out, and also trying to keep it healthy to do so. would it be okay to wash it every other day and then just condition it the days in between?

  2. hairremoval says:
  3. hairremoval says:

    i have thick golden long hair hair and i don’t know what to do with it. I am in the older age group and will be wearing makeup and don’t say put it in a pony-tail becuz i am redally creative and want to be dull please halp me and don’t make mean comments about asking so early.

  4. hairremoval says:
  5. hairremoval says:

    When I say body hair, i mean the following:

    – hair on chest
    – hair on legs,
    – pubic hair
    – hair on armpits
    – hair on arms
    – everywhere else where hair would normally grow on the body in men.

    I would prefer men with NO BODY HAIR AT ALL!

    – no chest hair (Hairy chest is a BIG turn-off for me)
    – no armpit hair (another turn-off)
    – no arm hair
    – no leg hair
    – no pubic hair.

    I would want him to be 100% smooth!

  6. hairremoval says:

    i don’t mind arm,leg, or armpit hair as long as its not so much but i agree with the rest.

  7. becca says:

    i brought some real hair hair extensions recently, and they came in one massive long strip. i halved them then halved them again until they were my head size. but should i have cut them in smaller, thinner strips to make them look better? is that what your supposed to do and ive just been a complete dumbass? heelllppp(:

  8. Stephany. says:

    depending how many clips you have on them really. i have a long strip of 4 clips, and that only. some people have the strip i have and small thin ones on the outside, it depends whether you have thick or thin hair. if its thin it should look fine, but if your have thick hair you might want to get a strip the same length and sew them together. but if it looks fine, your not being a dumb ass :)

  9. hairremoval says:

    Like, I want to have very very very thick hair. Hair that when I put up in a mohawk that it will already be perfectly fanned out without spaced or anything like that. Also, I want hair that if there’s a shaved part of my head, that I could cover up and people wouldn’t realise it at all.
    Does anyone have any formulas to help me achieve this goal?
    My hair is decently thick already, I just want it to be at that level of thickness I want it to be at.

  10. SurLaMer says:

    Thickness comes from your good genes, and there is no way you can make it super thick, but you can make it LOOK THICKER.

    One method to make it look fuller, add body, bouncier, thicker, softer & shinier hair is to set your hair with plastic curlers after you towel dry, you’ll end up with uniform balance of curls. Blow dry briefly while curling them in curlers. Take them out, and finger comb to style. Used by the best hair color models, and the fashion industry, like Victoria Secret Fashion Show Dec. 2009, America’s Next Top Models, EXPRESS, Dancing with the Stars . . . . and continued to be used today where salons care about pampering your hair. When you see hair on TV a hair color commercial, they’re not done by curling or straightening tools. Hair that shines like that and feels like hair, not hay, has to be done by the best hair tools available w/out damaging to the hair. When you take the curlers out, finger comb to style or lightly brush. Tousle the hair up. or shake your hair. You can use large, medium or small curlers, that depends on the length of your hair.

    The hair industry is a billion dollar business, their aim is to make tons of profits, and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss. Shampoo is meant to clean (Google it), and if they do other things like GROW or VOLUME, they’re lying. It’s all about marketing to attract more buyers.

    I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 90’s. I’ve known people in their 30’s whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70’s.

  11. james says:

    When I rub my hand in my hair, hair falls out and when I take a shower at least 5 hairs comes not when shampooing (maybe more hairs). Is this normal and if not what can I do to correct it? Some parts of my head are thinning out.

  12. mrmeaner says:

    ask your dad/granddad how much hair he had at your age. its often heredetary.

  13. KristinV says:

    I really want to find a really good salon to do my hair hair. But not just anyone, someone who can deal with wavy/curly hair. I was going to get my hair done at JoeHammers but Im not sure if they can only deal with straighter hair types.

  14. NikaI says:

    yes in Santa Rosa the Airport club salon is amazing they have alot of amazing people their and they know what they are doing

  15. hairremoval says:

    Our class in honor of movember yes Movember is to create awareness for male cancer victims. Our class decided to shave all our heads bald but it was optional and 6-13 guys did it and 3-8 girls did it to raise awareness and the girls all had long hair.

    Hair loss isnt a big deal and we did it to show that HAIR GROWS BACK and there is something called WIGS. So if you have cancer at one point be more concerened on healing rather then your hair loss.

  16. april says:

    Hmmmm I didn’t realize it was a big traumatic event to anyone except those who DON’T have cancer.. So, it the one’s who don’t have cancer or never had cancer would stop, there would be no attention drawn to it. Just because we’ve had or have cancer, doesn’t mean we’re stupid. We know hair grows back and most of us would never bother with wigs. They’re hot and itchy.

  17. ???? says:

    I have a football game (i am cheering at) and i need to know some ideas. I have to have my hair up and bangs out of my face. I also have to wear our cheer bow. I am tired of just the boring high pony tail with curls. I am in high school if your wondering. My hair is brown and layered and highlighted blond it is an inch (or a little more) pasted my shoulder

  18. electropop says:

    you should have a poof on your head :]]
    and then just straighten your hair…

    or do little french braids in your hair and pull back.
    or twisty stuff.

  19. . says:

    I never dyed it in my life, nor do I use chemicals. I just shampoo and condition. I have noticed that towards the base of my neck, a cluster of hair hair strands are redish brown. It can’t be from the sun because it’s at the base of my neck. It grows and is still that color. My brain is naturally black.

    Is this a mutation? Or some chemical imbalance from my cranium?
    My hair is naturally black* lol woah lapsus linguae!

  20. hairremoval says:

    It’s because of variations of melanin production… For one reason or another you’re producing less melanin around the base of your neck.

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