By Geniece of Beau­ti­ful­ly Made

When it comes to hair care don’t “show me the mon­ey”. Show me how to save time! Over the past year I’ve been wash­ing my hair on a bi-week­ly basis. If I was a lady of leisure I would wash my hair every 5–7 days, just to keep that “just washed” scent ever present. Alas, I have to jug­gle a per­son­al life and grad­u­ate school so I now wash my hair when nec­es­sary. Although I have found that my hair does just as fine in terms of gen­er­al strength and length reten­tion, I won’t lie: there is def­i­nite­ly more build up after 2 weeks than there is after one. It is there­fore only expect­ed that my sham­poo­ing ses­sions are a bit longer.

The prob­lem I have encoun­tered is that because my hair is so dense, I can spend quite some time sham­poo­ing. My issue isn’t only relat­ed to a desire to save time but I can become a bit dizzy and phys­i­cal­ly drained if I stand in the show­er in excess of 25 min­utes (In my pok­ing around on Google dizzi­ness, nau­sea and ver­tigo are not all that uncom­mon effects of spend­ing time in a hot show­er). In the past was able to cur­tail my time in the show­er by remov­ing detan­gling as a part of my in show­er reg­i­men. Since reach­ing waist length sham­poo­ing has become so time inten­sive that I some­times have to stop before I’m com­plete­ly done.

To reduce my sham­poo­ing time I have reg­u­lar­ly incor­po­rat­ed three steps.

1. I make sure my hair is already damp before I enter the show­er. I’ve exper­i­ment­ed with sec­tion­ing my hair and head­ing into the show­er with my hair dry. No ma’am! When my hair is already damp and I’ve applied con­di­tion­er to each sec­tion, it takes less time for my hair to become sat­u­rat­ed in the show­er, allow­ing my sham­poo to work more quick­ly.

2. I have learned that a sham­poo­ing agent that is easy to apply makes a big dif­fer­ence in how long it takes for me to fin­ish. I gave sham­poo bars a try in the past and while I liked their abil­i­ty to cleanse I found it took longer than a sham­poo in liq­uid form. More­over, even sham­poos in liq­uid form can be time con­sum­ing if they are too thick and require mul­ti­ple rins­es. I typ­i­cal­ly dilute my sham­poo at a 2:1 ratio and apply the sham­poo direct­ly to my roots using a col­or appli­ca­tor bot­tle. This had helped tremen­dous­ly with sav­ing time. The only sham­poo I don’t have to dilute is a liq­uid ver­sion of black soap I recent­ly began to use. The con­sis­ten­cy is com­pa­ra­ble to water but it imme­di­ate­ly begins to cleanse and leaves my hair clean with­out feel­ing stripped.

3. When I start to sham­poo my hair I can be a bit of a slow poke. I tend to think, sing and relax in the show­er, which while fine on a reg­u­lar day is coun­ter-pro­duc­tive on wash day. I now time myself using music. Yes, you read cor­rect­ly, I use music. For exam­ple, I’ll put on my Whit­ney playlist and will give myself the length of a song to com­plete a sec­tion. So, after “How Will I Know?” and “I Wan­na Dance With Some­body?” I’m about a third of the way done. Usu­al­ly after 5 songs I’m fin­ish­ing up my last rin­se.

Now, doesn’t that sound easy? How do you save time when sham­poo­ing your hair?


Island girl raised in the most roy­al of NYC’s bor­oughs. Proud nerd, social sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor and recov­er­ing awk­ward black girl. When not lis­ten­ing to NPR, try­ing to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, or detan­gling my fro, I’m search­ing for the best shrimp and grits in the Queen City.

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The key for me was com­ing up with a reg­i­men that cleans­es AND con­di­tions my hair in one big swoop. After count­less exper­i­ments I came up with a recipe/regimen that cuts down time since I only need to rin­se my hair once (vs one time for sham­poo and one time for rin­se-out con­di­tion­er).


Please share, please share!! I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with this as well using clays


I’m going to try the music and time myself. I’ve nev­er thought about cut­ting down my sham­poo time, I just assumed that wash­ing my hair was going to take forever and a day. So, thanks for the tip will try it at the end of the mon­th!! :)

Grey Poupon

My hair is dense too and I’m more con­cerned with get­ting to the scalp so I also use an appli­ca­tor bot­tle. I do 6–8 twists, unrav­el one, use the appli­ca­tor bot­tle, mas­sage my scalp, rin­se and twist back up. After I’ve done all of the twists, I do a final ACV rin­se and that’s it.


The quick­est way I’ve found is to sham­poo before I get in the show­er. It saves me 10+ min­utes because my hair’s so thick. I damp detan­gle with my pre­poo and while in sec­tions, I spray my roots with even more water (now drip­ping) and use a dime size amount of sham­poo direct­ly on my roots and mas­sage. Each sec­tion is twist­ed up and hop in the show­er. I feel like I’m able to let my con­di­tion­er sit in a lit­tle bit longer with­out wast­ing water.


Great idea! I’m going to try this. I’m soon waist length and geez oh me after sham­poo I’m ready to go to bed


Sham­poo­ing doesn’t take me long at all. Takes me like 2–3 min­utes. I just let my hair soak up with water and mas­sage my scalp with sham­poo. When the water runs over my scalp it brings down the sham­poo to clean the rest of my hair. This also helps to pre­vent over-drying/stripping the hair dur­ing sham­poo­ing.


I began wash­ing my hair in the sink…I felt I was get­ting bac­ne from the con­di­tion­er and I take a lot less time now doing it this way. Also no dizzi­ness! :D


I con­di­tion and detan­gle pri­or to wash­ing, wash in 5–6 chunky twists, use sham­poo bars along the perime­ter of each section’s base, and rin­se. It only takes me 20 min­utes to com­plete­ly wash, but my hair is only arm pit length. I’m excit­ed to see what the process will be like at waist length.


I save time while sham­poo­ing by:
-detan­gling out­side of the show­er pri­or to sham­poo­ing
-sham­poo­ing in sec­tions (12 twists)
-sham­poo­ing w/ dilut­ed sham­poo via an appli­ca­tor bot­tle


Can any­one tell me what the dif­fer­ence is between using a ‘mois­tur­ing sham­poo’ Vs doing a co-wash? Slight­ly off top­ic, sor­ry! :-/


co-wash is using a con­di­tion­er in place of a sham­poo. mois­tur­ing sham­poo is still a sham­poo with moister­iz­ing prop­er­ties..


Thank you for reply­ing! I was under the impres­sion that con­di­tion­er was just like sham­poo with­out the sul­phates, and a mois­tur­is­ing sham­poo is essen­tial­ly a con­di­tion­er (as it doesn’t have the sul­phates). I wasn’t sure if there were dif­fer­ences in ingre­di­ents.




You are so mis­er­able, why?


I stopped wash­ing in sec­tions- saved A LOT of time, as a result, I enjoy wash days late­ly and my curls are more defined.

try it ladies, dont fol­low “wash rules”, just try you nev­er know


After wash­ing my hair loose and then in twists, I’ve real­ized that wash­ing in twists save more time in the long run. Sure I have to spend more time wash­ing, but detan­gling and styling is quick­er and so much eas­ier. Plus I lose a lot less hair that way. So do what works for you whether it is loose or in twists.

(Dif­fer­ent Kay­la than the one above lol)


Yes! I need to detan­gle in about 10 sec­tions and I was try­ing to wash in those sec­tions too. No ma’am–time waster! I now take down a few detan­gled twist at a time in the show­er, lath­er and clip it up while I show­er. In the end I only have 4 big sections–still sec­tions because I have a loooooot of hair, but a big cut down.


I like sham­poo bars, but I put them in a bot­tle of 8 oz dis­tilled water or aloe vera juice, let them dis­solve and then use.


I keep hear­ing about them being dry­ing and an ACV rin­se is required after each use. I’m look­ing into con­di­tion­er bars instead, do you have any expe­ri­ence with them? TIA

I love my sham­poo bar. It’s a big bar (~6oz.) and I just rub it onto my scalp and braids after wet­ting my hair. The bar lath­ers abun­dant­ly, quick­ly and eas­i­ly. I also sec­tion my hair before sham­poo­ing and use mar-v-cide brush on my scalp with the sham­poo bar. I bought the brush on Ama­zon: My scalp feels sparkling clean and my hair feels soft and mois­turised after wash­ing. I use Emily’s Home­stead Silky Pro­tein sham­poo bar, great com­bi­na­tion for the bar and scalp scrub­ber. If any­one is inter­est­ed, the web­site where I pur­chase my sham­poo bar is: