Nothing can make you feel quite as beautiful as a full head of thick, luscious hair.

Much like a lion’s mane, it’s a crown that you wear proudly, knowing that many other
women could only dream of having it. But there is just one problem—how much
shampoo should you use to keep it healthy? And how often should you wash your

We’ll take a look at how to properly wash your hair and keep it thick and gorgeous, especially as it turns those spectacular colors of gray, silver, or platinum!

What Counts As Thick Hair?

When you look at your hair in the mirror, it should be easy to tell if it’s thick or thin.
More volume and coarser strands usually mean thicker hair. On the other hand, thin
hair typically consists of strands that are slimmer than a thread.

However, it’s important to remember that not all thick hair is made equal. Thus,
you could have a ton of slimmer strands or fewer coarse strands and have thick hair
in both cases. Whatever the situation may be, rules for washing are fairly similar.

Factors That Determine How Much Shampoo You Should Use

One thing is certain—you’ll need to use more shampoo for your thick hair than
women with thin hair do. But how much is that, exactly? Well, that depends on a few
things other than just the thickness.

How Long Is Your Hair?

Thick hair comes in all shapes and sizes—from the long, flowy, waist-length manes
to cute pixie-cuts. And as you can imagine, you can’t use the same amount of
shampoo for every length. In fact, the rule is simple: the longer the hair, the more
shampoo you’ll need to wash it. But keep in mind that even with thick hair, you should avoid using too much shampoo. It does its job properly even in smaller amounts, but it doesn’t cause quite as much damage. Plus, your hair will look better if you don’t overdo it with shampoo.

Try to stick to this advice: For medium-length thick hair, use a cherry-sized blob
of shampoo. Obviously, if your hair is shorter, you’ll use less, and if it’s longer, feel free to add some more. You can also dilute it with a bit of water and get a much
milder hair cleanser.

Is Your Hair Dyed or Damaged?

As we’ve already said, shampoo in larger amounts causes hair damage. Now,
imagine what happens when you use lots of shampoo on already damaged hair. Not
a very pleasant thought, is it?

Aside from its damaging effects, shampoo can also cause the dye to fade
faster. Thus, if you use too much of it, you can quickly end up with dry, faded hair
that doesn’t look good. And no one wants that!

So if your hair is freshly dyed or damaged from heating and styling, use even less
shampoo than you otherwise would. Perhaps a pea-sized blob diluted with water
would be quite enough in such a case.

What About Gray Hair?

Washing and nourishing gray or silver hair requires using quality products. Aging hair can be brittle and dry, and it often lacks shine. If you use aggressive shampoos or
conditioners on it, you may damage your strands. Using gentle, hydrating formulas
will help gray hair recover its shine and vitality.

How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

Washing your hair every day can dry out your scalp and cause itchiness. However,
sometimes you either can’t avoid it, or you might not want to. If that’s the case, you
need to cut down on the shampoo amount you’re using to reduce the damage.
So how much shampoo should you use? Well, about the same amount as you would
if your hair was dyed or damaged. Plus, you could try switching to an argan oil
shampoo—it should keep your hair healthy and moisturized.

And if you can, try to wash your hair less frequently. Though at first it might look
worse than before, eventually, your scalp will adjust to the new routine. To help it
transition, you can use dry shampoos for in-between days.

How to Properly Wash Your Hair

Now you know how much shampoo to use for thick hair, but how do you make the
most out of each hair wash? Well, here’s a short guide to ensure your hair always
stays beautiful and luscious!

1. Rinse your hair and scalp with lukewarm water. Make sure to soak it
thoroughly for full effect.

2. Squirt some shampoo into your hand (we’ve got a few favorites) and rub it into your scalp. Don’t be
too rough when putting it in—use only the tips of your fingers, not nails.
Then leave the shampoo in for three minutes.

3. Rinse the shampoo off with cold water. If you feel that your hair isn’t clean
enough, you can shampoo it once again.

4. Condition your hair. Start applying conditioner from roots to tips and leave it
in for about 5-7 minutes. Then rinse it off with cold water.

5. Dry your hair with a towel or cotton shirt. Use patting motions to avoid

And there you have it — now you can style it any way you like, and it’s sure to look

Shampoo Your Hair Properly for Amazing Results

So how much shampoo should you use for thick hair? Technically, it’s up to you to
decide, but keep in mind that with shampoo, less is more. So try applying some of
the advice from this article to your own hair—you’ll see a difference right away!

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