Shampoo and Conditioning

In this lesson, you will learn how to properly shampoo and condition curly hair.

Note: Most of you will not be shampooing in a shampoo bowl. Please make sure that the water temperature is comfortable for your daughter. The temperature should be lukewarm. Test the water on your wrist. Detangle the hair prior to shampooing.



Make sure that the hair is well saturated by lifting and wetting the hair in sections.


Apply shampoo one section at a time to ensure that all of the hair is clean.


Use a sulfate-free shampoo to prevent the hair from getting dry.


Do NOT detangle the hair when shampooing.


Use a light massage to clean the hair. Be sure to massage the sides, back, and center of the hair.


Be sure to thoroughly rinse the shampoo from the hair.


Blot the hair with a towel.





Apply conditioner in sections to ensure that all of the hair is properly conditioned. Be sure not to use too much conditioner. A little goes a long way!


Part the hair into sections and detangle using a large tooth comb. Remember: when detangling curly, wavy, or kinky hair, hold onto the hair and detangle from the ends and up towards the hair shaft. Do NOT detangle from top down!


Be sure to thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair.

Tip:For extremely dry hair, add conditioner and have your daughter sit under a hooded dryer or steam cap for 10 minutes. If you do not own a hooded dryer, place a wet hot towel on top of your daughter’s hair, place a plastic cap over your daughter’s hair, and let her sit for 20 minutes before rinsing the conditioner out.

Only shampoo once a week. If your daughter is active and needs to wash her hair more frequently, try a co-wash. A co-wash is when you wet the hair and apply a conditioner to cleanse the hair. Do NOT shampoo.