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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  1. How do I get rid of split ends without cutting off alot of hair

    1. Hey Trey!

      Just cut them off in 1 inch increments. Talk to your barber about it and work out a schedule that is both timely and affordable to come in and cut those pesky little ends off slowly.

  2. Had long hair up til I was 25 then I ” grew up” and kept it really short just getting it back was told not to bring back my mullet even though I totally rocked it back in the day!! Totally enjoyed what I have seen and learned do far looking forward to getting my hair looking and feeling great! As I’ve always said… I work really hard on my hair!! And do you treat your beard differently? Thanks

    1. Author

      Great to have you Jason. Joining the ranks once again! The best time to keep it growing is always right now.

  3. I never brush it comb my hair. I use a leave in conditioner after the shower then just let it air dry. My hair is thick, very wavy and curls a bit and I like the look. Brushing it would change it up too much for me. My question is am I doing a disservice to my hair? Should I comb it in the shower to remove the dead hair? My hair his gotten long after two years, going halfway down my back, and now I’m questioning my routine. I do lose a bit of hair during the shower, but only a small hairball’s worth.
    So glad I found this sight. No more flying blind!!

  4. Yo El Moreno,

    This was a great tutorial 👌 Quick question… Should you still use a generous plop of poo if your hair is still medium, or should I keep conservative so not to damage my new glory locks?

  5. Reply to The Uno

    Scripture says: “Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

    What means… if you enter heaven, you’ll get them all back! 😛

    1. Author

      I’ve been trying all kinds of things lately, can’t say exactly what I love but I’m digging Hair Story and Dr. Squash.

  6. Thanks for the tips El Moreno.
    These videos are a big help so thanks man.

  7. How much hair should I expect to see in the drain after a shower? Coming from a man who had short hair for a long time, It can be kinda scary too see hair clogging my drain after I shower, but everything I read says it’s normal.

    1. Author

      Yea man it’s normal to lose hair in the shower. It is a little shocking at first but one thing I have noticed is if you don’t brush all the time you will really notice your hair coming out in the shower cause that’s when the dead stuff comes out. As long as you’re not losing large clumps you’re good.

  8. I wash my hair ounce in two weeks or longer, put conditioner in it and leave it there till the next shower, something wrong with it. If conditioner is good for your hair, why should I wash it out after a half hour so the packaging say. But I stop working and have all days free

  9. i use a home made shampoo bar ( sodium cocoyl isethionate and sodium lauroyl sarcosinate); i rub it on the scalp, then i let it through the hair with the fingers; after 1 minute of pause, i rinse it putting the finger in the hair as you indicate; i let the most of the water go down, and i use two others rinses
    for a detangler, i use a home made stearamidopropyl dimethylamine and vinegar leave in in a spray bottle ; i spray it only on the “wet brush” ( one plastic brush without balls on the picots)
    with your brown hair, you can make your natural detangler: grate one avocado seed ( it’s white, but turns orange); put it in one pint ( 50 cl) of cold water; put on the stove and let it boil 10 minutes; let become cold, filter and use as a rinse out detangler; don’t use it on blond or white hair
    you can also use a oat milk as a leave in conditioner
    thanks for the video; only a few have been published from natural haircare female blogers ( and very few longhair men follow their

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