How Much Shampoo Should You Use For Thick Hair?

The amount of shampoo you use is up to your preference, but you should also take your hair's density into account. Thin, fine hair? A dab of shampoo will do ya just fine. Thick, coarse hair requires a bit more.

The amount of shampoo you use is up to your preference, but you should also take your hair's density into account. Thin, fine hair? A dab of shampoo will do ya just fine. Thick, coarse hair requires a bit more. 

How much shampoo should you use for thick hair?

 

Answer these three questions to find the perfect 'poo proportion for you.


1. How much hair do you have?


From fab pixie cuts to long mermaid manes, thick hair comes in all shapes and sizes. The amount of shampoo you need depends on:

  • The length of your hair
  • The diameter of the hairs
  • The number of strands

You may have a ton of fine strands or fewer strands of coarse hair. Either way, rules apply: the more surface area to your hair, the more shampoo you want to use.

However, you should probably use only about half of what you think you need. Detergents are potent and, sulphates or no, cause damage to the hair. Piling on a ton of shampoo often makes hair look worse.

Generally, a blob about the diameter of a cherry is enough for a medium-length head of thick hair. Adjust this amount higher or lower according to your own hair length.

A nice clarifying formula such as MoroccanOil Clarifying Shampoo is great for keeping your hair healthy and free of thickening build-up.


2. Is your hair colour-treated or damaged?


If your hair has had some work done, you want to use a bit less shampoo than someone with completely untouched hair would. Using too much shampoo can cause your colour to fade and exacerbate the amount of damage already done by colour processing or heat styling.

Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo in small amounts will do just fine to help with the damage. This product also provides much-needed nutrition and nourishment to the hair.


How much shampoo should you use for thick hair?


3. Do you wash your hair daily?


If you wash your hair daily, you want to use about the same amount of shampoo as a person with colour-treated or damaged hair would. Daily washing can definitely dry out the hair and scalp, especially if you’ve got a ton of thick strands.

For daily washers, a small amount of gentle Klorane Oat Milk Shampoo is enough to do the trick for thick hair. If you’d like to wash less frequently and save those strands from further damage, check out some of our dry shampoo options to get you through those in-between days. You’ll see a difference in the quality of your hair for sure.

So there you have it! Thick-haired ladies, have no fear: we’re always here to help.

 

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