Woman washing her hair

Washing thick hair can present a few special challenges. It can be difficult to work the shampoo through the hair and through to the scalp, but there are some steps you can take make it easier to wash thick hair.

Shampooing thick hair

Wet your hair throughly. Allow the water to run over your hair for at least two minutes to completely saturate your hair. Shampoo will lather better and will be easier to work through hair if the hair is saturated.

Using the comb, divide your hair in three sections. One section should be just over your right ear, with one section combed over your left ear. The middle section should be combed back toward the crown of the head.

Using a dime-sized amount of shampoo, work the shampoo into a lather between your hands. Starting at the scalp on the first section, work the lather through the through the hair concentrating on the roots before spreading the lather to the ends. Repeat the procedure on the other two sections.

Allow the lather to remain on the scalp for one minute while working the lather with the fingertips.

Rinse well, until the water runs clear. It may be necessary to section the hair with the fingers to allow the rinse water to reach all areas of the scalp.


  • It is easier to wash thick hair in the shower.

  • Clear shampoos are easier to work into a lather that will reach all areas of the scalp.

  • Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo is a great choice for thick hair. It lathers well and rinses easily.

  • Look for shampoos with Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It is a gentle sudsing agent that is good for hair that requires frequent shampooing. A good one to try is Alberto V05.