How Long Does It Take To Shampoo Thick Locs?

“How long does it take to shampoo your locs?”

That’s a question with an evolving answer. Once upon a time, I spent no more than 45 minutes, shampooing AND retwisting my locs. Now, I really have to give myself a pep talk to even begin the shampoo process. What’s even funnier is that I really wish that I could shampoo my hair weekly like I did 4 years ago, but the way drying my locs and life with two kids is setup… I don’t have that kind of time.




My last shampoo process took at minimum 45 minutes. That does not include the time I spent conditioning my locs. The bulk of the time during the shampoo process is usually spent rinsing. Rinsing, rinsing, rinsing and more rinsing. I would say the thickness of my locs coupled with my near bra-strap length hair are to blame. I can no longer hop in the shower, shampoo my hair and still have hot water to wash my self with. Instead, after lathering my hair with shampoo I cut the water off to cleanse and then turn it back on rinse. Otherwise, I use all the hot water in the house— just to wash my hair.

black woman shampooing thick locs

Once I am in the shower, I strive to do at least 2-3 shampoos and rinse throughly in-between. And now that my locs are older, and colored, I condition my locs for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, I use the waterfall method to ensure all the shampoo and conditioner is out of my hair so that I don’t have any residual buildup. You can watch what a full wash-day is like for me in my recent video “Thick Locs Wash Day“. What I don’t show in the video is my drying process, but I normally share it live on my Instagram stories [@CurlyNuGrowth]. If you would like a post about what it takes to dry my locs 😅 let me know in the comments!

black woman with locs shampooing hair

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Yes, I would love to know after your wash, how do you dry your hair

Also. What cause the tip of your locs to just break off..the very very tip only ..it almost just comes off like a lint ball

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