black-woman-washing-hair

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?

Gen

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.

Leave a Reply

21 Comments on "3 Ways to Cut Your Shampoo Time"

Notify of
avatar
Jeanetta

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).

Richelle

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

Michelle

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.

Netta

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.

Richelle

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

Madametj

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.

Erica

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

Sassy

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.

mangomadness

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

AnonSince87

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

abi

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

AnonSince87

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.

TINA SMITH

SINCE I’M NOT WASIT LENGTH THIS ISN’T A PROBLEM FOR ME ROLLS EYES. I’M SWITCHING FROM MUD TO SHAMPOO BARS FOR AWHILE. THEY ALLOW ME TO LEAN MY HEAD OVER IN THE TUB OPPOSE TO WASHING IN THE SHOWER

Barbara

You are so mis­er­able, why?

Her

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

Kayla

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)

Kayla

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.

napfrocurlzgirl

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.

Barbara

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

MomofIV
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: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001I8ZT4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 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: http://emilyshomestead.com/
wpDiscuz