sham·​poo | \ sham-ˈpü How to pronounce shampoo (audio) \
shampooed; shampooing; shampoos

Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : massage
2a : to wash (something, such as hair) with soap and water or with a special preparation
b : to wash the hair of


plural shampoos

Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of shampooing
2 : a preparation used in shampooing

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Other Words from shampoo


shampooer noun

Examples of shampoo in a Sentence


She shampoos her hair every morning. We need to shampoo the rug.

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Not shampooing your hair every day may lessen the amount of skin rashes, or a therapeutic oil cream can also do wonders. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "7 Common Scalp Issues — And How to Treat Them," 31 July 2018 Sensitivity to shampoo or hair dyes, not shampooing enough and skin conditions like psoriasis are other potential culprits for flakes. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "5 Dandruff Treatments That Actually Work, According to Dermatologists," 13 Dec. 2018 The night before shampooing, try Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Pre-wash Treatment to help your hair retain moisture during and after your shower. Jessica Prince Erlich, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Secrets to Long, Thick, Shiny Hair," 7 Nov. 2016 Instead, condition daily, both after shampooing and on the in-between days. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Get Beach Hair If You're Not at the Beach," 19 June 2018 Leave it on for thee minutes after shampooing for a lightweight conditioner your hair will soak right up. Allison Young, Sunset, "11 Best Biodegradable Beauty Products," 22 Jan. 2018 Some experts also recommend shampooing less frequently to preserve the hair's natural oils, but if this lady's testimonial was a bit extreme-sounding, try using the dry stuff or a gentle cleansing conditioner in between washes. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "The Complete Guide to Growing Out Your Hair," 16 Apr. 2015 Which is exactly what happens to my bleached-blonde hair after a week of daily shampooing. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "5 Shampoos for People Who Actually Have to Wash Their Hair Every Day," 6 Apr. 2018 Just smooth it over clean, damp hair for 10 minutes once a week, then rinse out and shampoo and condition as usual. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Drew Barrymore Swears This $28 Hair Product Fixed Her Damaged, Dyed Hair," 24 May 2018

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The company, which has a market value of more than $4.8 billion, makes chemical compounds for a range of products such as shampoo, paint and pill capsules. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Hedge Fund Drops Proxy Battle With Chemicals Maker Ashland," 22 Jan. 2019 If your hair is fine or straight, mist each length of pigtail with a texture spray or dry shampoo, coil them, then wrap and pin them around an elastic. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Just Reminded Us How Much We Love Space Buns," 4 Dec. 2018 To keep yours on point, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo to make sure your color lasts and your hair maintains its health. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 Oregon’s Hair Design provides a beauty salon and supply store, where inmates can order basics, like shampoo, skin-care products, and makeup, through the program for low prices., "Makeup in Lockup: Beauty, Power, & Danger in Women's Prisons," 2 June 2018 Use dry shampoo instead of washing your hair, or have breakfast bars on hand to eat on your way to work. Kristin Koch, Woman's Day, "How to Sync Up Your Sex Life," 20 Aug. 2012 The original brush helps detangle gnarly hair knots without being painful, gives hair a shampoo-commercial-ready sheen, and contributes to the best blowouts. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This New Hairbrush Is Eco-friendly and Great for Your Hair," 22 Feb. 2018 Not to be confused with dry shampoo, volumizing powders like this one are designed to quickly inject a little lifting action to your roots., "This Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Dirty Fourth-Day Hair," 12 Mar. 2018 Mistake #1: Washing your hair with the wrong shampoo. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "Color Your Hair? Four Things You Should Never Do in the Shower," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of shampoo


1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shampoo


Hindi & Urdu cā̃po, imperative of cā̃pnā to press, massage

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English Language Learners Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to clean (something, such as hair, a carpet, etc.) with shampoo



English Language Learners Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: a special liquid that is used for cleaning your hair
: a special liquid used for cleaning rugs, carpets, etc.
: an act of cleaning hair, a carpet, etc., with shampoo


sham·​poo | \ sham-ˈpü How to pronounce shampoo (audio) \
plural shampoos

Kids Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cleaner made for washing the hair
2 : an act of washing the hair


shampooed; shampooing

Kids Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wash the hair and scalp

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