How to apply shampoo to curly hair

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Hi Curlies! Today’s post is dedicated to shampooing curly hair. Applying shampoo to my curls is my favorite part of my washing routine, as I’ll always massage my scalp.

Every time I’m washing my curls, I also shampoo them with a sulfate and silicone free shampoo. I like using a shampoo to get rid of all product residues, because I just feel like my curls can only get really clean by shampooing them. I’ve also tried only using conditioner and no shampoo at all, but I didn’t like the results: My curls started to hang down and feel «producty». However, if you feel like your curls need more moisture, I strongly suggest you to only use conditioner to wash your curls – if you do so, you can also follow my shampooing routine using conditioner instead of shampoo.

Now I’ve talked enough about whether or not to use a shampoo, it’s about time to show you how I shampoo my curls!

How to apply shampoo to curly hair:

apply shampoo to curly hair

1. Take a bit of your favorite shampoo

apply shampoo to curly hair

2. Rub your hands together to spread the shampoo evenly on both hands

apply shampoo to curly hair

3. Spread the shampoo on the top of your wet hair by gliding along

apply shampoo to curly hair

4. Massage your scalp and by this shampoo your curls

apply shampoo to curly hair

5. Lift your curls up and scrunch them a few times to also shampoo them just a little bit

As you can see in the photos above I don’t use a lot of shampoo and I don’t mind if I don’t get to shampoo every single hair. I think it’s important to shampoo the parts close to your scalp (if you have really dry hair, I suggest you to not shampoo the lower part of your curls).

Make sure you really give yourself a nice massage – this isn’t only good for your mind, but it’ll also clean your scalp and even increase your blood circulation. Be careful as not to rub your curls while shampooing them, as this will lead to a big mess and thus a longer detangling-time..

  • ChrisB
    February 13, 2015

    I mix Dr. Bronner’s with water in an old shampoo bottle to dilute and then apply by tipping my head back. I find if I apply “straight” shampoo it is really hard to rinse out. Diluting it does the trick for me. I then do the above-mentioned massage and then rinse and apply conditioner. My curls are really springy afterwards 🙂

  • Nishka Nachappa
    July 21, 2018

    Shampooing only my scalp has been such a game changer for me. This way my lengths and ends don’t tangle up and I can apply conditioner and immediately begin to detangle. I only ever shampoo my lengths and ends during my monthly clarify routine using a sulfate shampoo.

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