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! 😀


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: