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8/19/2014 9:46 AM grooming • 0 Comments

How Shampoo Works On Your Scalp


  • Shampoos are designed with cleansing agents called surfactants. Surfactants have two molecules, one that attracts water and one that attracts oil. When you apply shampoo to the scalp, it creates lather. Too much lather will dry out your scalp.


  • As we’ve all been taught, it’s never been okay to use really hot water in the shower. This’ll dry out your skin. Lukewarm temperature is the best.


  • Get your hair completely soaked by rinsing it for at least 30 seconds. Make sure it’s all wet, not just partially wet. If it isn’t totally saturated, the shampoo won’t spread evenly.


  • The water should be lukewarm so the steam opens up the cuticles, the outer layer of the hair shaft, allowing the grime and buildup can escape. As it begins to wash away under the showerhead, the shampoo finishes cleaning it out.


  • With the cuticles now open, there’s access to the hair strands. Never use shampoo on any hair that’s past the scalp. Be sure to learn how to shampoo your scalp properly.


  • How long should you leave shampoo in your hair? There’s no rule to this, but if your hair is dry and you’re using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, it’s okay to leave them in a little longer. Since they are rinse-away products, they aren’t going to cause harm, but the ingredients can help moisturize the scalp and it doesn’t hurt it leave ‘em in for a few minutes.




Try to avoid shampoos containing sulfates or parabens. There’s a misconception that you need to change your shampoo often—that's false. However, if you’re using an inferior product, you should switch it up. As long as it’s high quality, you’re good to go. The product we recommend is Surface Warfare that conditions while wiping out dirt.