Shampooing - Are You Doing It Right?

Shampooing - Are You Doing It Right?

Expert Shampooing Tips for Type 3-4 Textured Hair

Shampooing may seem like a straightforward task, but for those with curly and coily hair, it's essential to approach it with care and precision. From selecting the right products to mastering the technique, there are several factors to consider to ensure that your hair is thoroughly cleansed without becoming dry or damaged. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the art of shampooing, drawing on insights from Ladosha, our Resident RevAir Expert and professional cosmetologist specializing in textured hair. Get ready to elevate your shampooing game and unlock the secrets to squeaky-clean, healthy locks.

Understanding Your Hair Type

Before we dive into the specifics of shampooing, it's crucial to understand the unique characteristics of type 3-4 natural, or textured hair. This hair type is known for its coils, curls, and kinks, which require extra moisture and care to thrive. Unlike straight hair, which distributes natural oils from the scalp easily, textured hair tends to be drier and more prone to breakage, making proper shampooing techniques essential for maintaining its health and vitality.

Selecting the Right Products

The first step to a successful shampooing routine is choosing the right products for your hair type. According to Ladosha, it's essential to opt for sulfate-free shampoos that gently cleanse the hair without stripping away its natural oils. Look for formulas enriched with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and argan oil, which help to hydrate and nourish textured hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and manageable. Extreme Hydration Cleansing Oil Shampoo was designed with curly-coily hair and this cleansing process in mind!

Mastering the Sectioning Technique

One of the key secrets to effective shampooing for types 3-4 hair is the sectioning technique. Instead of applying shampoo directly to the entire head of hair, Ladosha recommends dividing it into smaller sections to ensure thorough cleansing and prevent tangling. Start by dividing your hair into four or more sections, depending on its thickness and length, using clips or hair ties to keep them separate. This allows you to focus on one section at a time, applying shampoo evenly from roots to ends and massaging it gently into the scalp to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup.

Proper Shampoo Application

Once you've divided your hair into sections, it's time to apply the shampoo. According to Ladosha, less is more when it comes to shampooing textured hair. Begin by wetting your hair thoroughly with warm water to open the hair cuticles and allow the shampoo to penetrate more effectively. Then, take a small amount of shampoo and dilute it with water in your hands before applying it to each individual section of hair. While this can take a bit more time, it helps to ensure even distribution and prevents product buildup, which can weigh down the hair and lead to dullness.

Gentle Massage and Rinse

As you apply the shampoo, take the time to massage it gently into your scalp using your fingertips. This stimulates blood flow and promotes healthy hair growth while ensuring that the shampoo reaches every part of your scalp. Once you've thoroughly cleansed each section, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water, using your fingers to gently detangle any knots or tangles. Be sure to rinse until the water runs clear, indicating that all traces of shampoo have been removed.

Follow with Conditioning

After shampooing, it's essential to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to replenish lost moisture and nutrients. Look for conditioners specifically formulated for textured hair, enriched with hydrating ingredients like avocado oil, jojoba oil, and silk protein - like the Deep Conditioning Treatment. Apply the conditioner generously to each section of hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends, where moisture is needed most. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the hair shaft before rinsing thoroughly with cool water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.


Shampooing may seem like a simple task, but for those with curly and coily hair - you know it's essential to approach it with care and attention to detail. By selecting the right products, mastering the sectioning technique, and applying shampoo correctly, you can ensure that your hair is thoroughly cleansed without becoming dry or damaged. Follow the expert tips from Ladosha, our Resident RevAir Expert and professional cosmetologist specializing in textured hair, to elevate your shampooing routine and achieve squeaky-clean, healthy locks that truly shine.

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