How To Shampoo Long Hair (Properly, Guys)

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Keep Your Hair Clean, The Right Way

Are you using the right technique when you shampoo your long hair? If you’re new to the flow life there’s a chance you’re unwittingly doing it all wrong. Fear not, you’re in the right place. We’ll teach you everything you need to know on how to shampoo long hair.

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Selecting The Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type

Choosing the right shampoo can be a daunting task. With so many brands out there, how do you know what’s good and what’s crap? Fortunately El Rubio has done the grueling research for you in the Essential Shampoo & Conditioner Review for Men, where you’ll find a thorough analysis (from a guy who actually used all the products).


The first key is to determine your hair type, which will help you select the right product and give you the best chance to get the results you’re looking for. Whether you have curly or straight hair, fine or thick, there's an ideal combination of shampoo and conditioner that will deliver healthy stunning locks for days.

Of course we recommend our set, Epic Cleanse & Ideal Conditions, which offers immaculate cleansing and legendary conditioning. With over 600 5-star reviews from guys (and gals) with all different hair types, we’ve done our best to make the choice easy for you.

Whatever you decide, the important thing is finding the right hair care combo so you can rock an impressive flowing mane and be the envy of all the women in your life.


Shampoo At The Correct Frequency

Long, luscious locks need some extra love. That includes how often you shampoo. Too little, and you might find yourself with a head of greasy hair, whereas too much can leave strands dry and straw-like. The answer? Find the right frequency for you.

How often you shampoo can vary depending on your hair and scalp type, hair length and your daily activities. For example if you sweat a lot at work or from working out, you may need an additional wash day. Two shampoos a week is a good place to start, and maybe a third if you are particularly active.

Focus On Shampooing The Scalp

When you’re asking yourself how to shampoo long hair, don’t think about the total length. In fact what matters more is the scalp. While it's understandable to want to work the shampoo into the longer lengths of the hair and ends, take a step back and massage your scalp first.

Spend extra time working the shampoo in with a finger massage motion so the product gets into every nook of the scalp. Don’t forget your temples, near the ears and nape of neck for an optimal cleanse. As your lather builds it will naturally make its way through the lengths of your hair, cleansing the remaining strands.


Rinse With Cold Water

An overlooked aspect of shampooing your long hair is finishing it off with cool or cold water. Cold water can help to seal your cuticle, ensuring that your locks appear glossy and full of shine. You can maintain the same massage technique during the rinse to ensure you’re getting all the shampoo out of there, priming your mane for ideal drying results.

Drying Your Long Hair

If you’re coming from short hair then you may be accustomed to towel drying. It’s a common technique used by most short hairs where you take a towel and vigorously rub your head. With long hair though, that is not advised.

Friction from aggressively rubbing the towel on your scalp can cause hair damage, split ends and frizz. A better method is to wrap your hair in a towel, Turbie Twist or a soft t-shirt and allow the moisture to be absorbed. Of course we cover all this in How To Dry Your Hair.

A better alternative to towel drying is air drying. This method minimizes breakage and still gets the job done. You’re just going to have to deal with wet hair for a couple hours.

If you’re a serious hair guy then it’s time for the blow dryer. It’s an extremely fast and effective method for drying. You'll just want to make sure you stay away from high heat as that can also cause damage. Keep it cool and work the air through your hair and you’ll dry that mane in no time.


Consider Post-Wash Treatment

If you’re looking to take it to the next level then a post-wash treatment is a must. You can apply hair serum to the ends of your damp hair to hydrate, smooth and protect from the sun. For an extra burst of hydration and stoke you can turn to leave-in conditioner for renewing shine, obliterating frizz and allowing for all-day manageability.

El Moreno Shows You How To Shampoo Long Hair

Now that you know how to shampoo long hair properly, it’s time to put your new-found knowledge into practice. For the grand finale let’s hear from El Moreno and what he’s learned about how to shampoo long hair.
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