shampoo

verb
sham·poo | \sham-ˈpü \
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

shampoo

noun
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

Verb

shampooer noun

Examples of shampoo in a Sentence

Verb

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

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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 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," 13 Mar. 2018 And for those who shampoo in the morning, that means sacrificing precious sleep time to blow-dry. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "6 Ways to Blow-Dry Your Hair Faster," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aveda, the natural grooming company founded in 1978, helped usher in the concept that high-quality shampoo and soap was worth paying a premium for. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 For example, The Purist shampoo and conditioner contain energizing ginger, shea butter, and lemon balm for deep cleansing; The Booster hair products use rose hip, aloe vera, and geranium to help create volume. Erin Flaherty, Marie Claire, "Beauty Travels: Exploring India’s Centuries-Old Obsession with Jasmine," 6 Dec. 2017 Here’s some more science: a 5 percent tea tree oil shampoo lessens the severity of dandruff by 41 percent. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "A Guide to Megan Markle’s Favorite Anti-Acne Oil," 13 July 2018 The protestors take makeshift showers with baby wipes, deodorant, and dry shampoo available at the camp, Garcia said. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 The Kardashians's longtime hairstylist and permanent Instagram fixture Jen Atkin is releasing a $28 pet shampoo via her hair-care brand, Ouai. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Jen Atkin's Ouai Brand Is Launching Pet Shampoo," 2 July 2018 A few years ago, researchers revealed a technology called the Halo x-ray system, which allows baggage screeners to not only see items in suitcases and packages but can differentiate between substances, like shampoo and nitroglycerin. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 While such glowing self-assuredness is the ultimate goal of any fresh coiffure, the issues of race and culture that weigh on hair like a tacky pomade don’t just vanish with a good shampoo. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 In 2013, the service staff sued Robert for allegedly penalizing them for doing things like failing to close a door or not refilling the shampoo. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Secretive Manhattan Heiress Rebekah Mercer Became One of the Most Powerful Women in Politics," 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of shampoo

Verb

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shampoo

Verb

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

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More Definitions for shampoo

shampoo

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shampoo

noun

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

shampoo

noun
sham·poo | \sham-ˈpü \
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

shampoo

verb
sham·poo
shampooed; shampooing

Kids Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wash the hair and scalp

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