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Natural Hair Tip of the Week

By January 27th, 202128 Comments

ReignElle’s Tip Of The Week

*Dilute your shampoo.*

Natural Hair Tip of the Week

Put about 4 tablespoons of shampoo into an applicator bottle (large) and fill it up with warm water and shake.

Buy an applicator bottle from the beauty supply store/ Drug Store etc. (I purchased one for $0.99)


  • You get more bang for your buck.
  • Loosens the shampoo; helps spread product throughout your hair faster and easier
  • Allows you to target your scalp
  • Less concentrated; less of your natural oils being stripped out of your hair (LESS DRYING)

ReignElle’s Tip Of The Day : Made your shampoo too watery? Add a pinch of salt and watch your shampoo thicken!

Do you dilute your shampoo?

CN Says:
I used to do this all the time and will certainly revisit.  


  • Debbie says:

    "I dilute my shampoo with aloe vera juice. Ever since I started it I have noticed that my hair is so soft after shampooing before I even DC."

    this is brilliant!

  • Cue Black Girls says:

    This is such a good idea- I'm definitely trying it!

  • Anonymous says:

    NEW CURLY CONVERT. Toggling between methods to find right one. Like CG idea but hard to follow outside US, most products here have cones and sulfates. Last time diluted one part VO5 poo in three parts water using another poo bottle, now using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2 in 1; only used it twice but considered diluting before finding this post. Will try this, see if better, thanks for the advice!

    QUESTION: What is an ACV rinse???

  • Christina says:

    I love using an applicator bottle to apply my shampoo. Nice tips!!!

  • Jessi says:

    I've been wanting to try this for awhile, but never bought the silly bottle. Well … yesterday I bought my applicator bottles. I am super excited. It's amazing the things that excite me these days … lol

    I hope it works, though. Co-washing doesn't work for me. I still feel a lot of building. Regular shampooing dries it out a little bit, so I'm hoping this will be an ideal happy medium.

  • Anonymous says:

    I learned to dilute when I had locs and still continue to do it with my loose hair. I also do an ACV rinse once a month.

  • Thrifty curly says:

    Thanks Anonymous @5.45pm heading there now to pick up one

  • shamigreen says:

    I stopped using shampoo back when I was trying to embrace the CG method… It did NOT work for me. My hair likes some cones & therefore needs shampoo to minimize buildup. So I started diluting my shampoo & VOILA! My scalp was getting the cleansing it needed, the watered-down version of my shampoo didn't dry out my hair & I was stretching the crap outta my dollar :)

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't usually go through shampoo like that but it's a great idea. To be honest I am trying to get rid of mine.

  • Anonymous says:

    For clarification, it would be a survey post asking natural what techniques they use to shampoo their hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't dilute my shampoo. I tried the "shampoo via color applicator bottle" thing but… I didn't think it cleansed my scalp well enough when I tried it.

    I use a shampoo technique similar to Hairmania3000 on YouTube. She sections her hair via braids, dampens her scalp w/ a spritz, applies the shampoo in between the parts and scrubs her scalp. She does this all in front of the mirror. Here's a vid: (

    This technique works very well for me. I thoroughly clean all parts of my scalp because I can see missed spots in the mirror. My shampooing goes my quicker because I apply the shampoo in the mirror. I also save water because all I do is rinse the shampoo and then do my ACV-rinse.


    @CURLYNIKKI: You should do a post on the different shampooing techniques that naturals use. It would be an awesome post.

  • Unknown says:

    I dilute my shampoo with aloe vera juice. Ever since I started it I have noticed that my hair is so soft after shampooing before I even DC.

  • ReignElle says:

    Hey Ladies,

    So Glad this post was helpful.

    For the applicator bottle with a comb tip try sallys

  • Anonymous says:

    @Thrifty curly, are you referring to the Roots Only color applicator bottle? I found mine at Walmart!

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    I do this, I have noticed a cleaner scalp and not so striped hair. I use the Trader Joes shampoos or Elusence mousture balance shampoo. I have 4 bottles.

    #1 diluted shampoo

    #2 apple cider vinegar rinse

    #3 rosemary tea hair rinse (I make it when I need it)

    #4 my oil mix (5oz olive, 3 tbsp jojoba, 3 tbsp vitamin e, 2oz coconut, 2 tbsp melted shea butter, and 1oz avocado)

    It's nice to be able to get my shampoo through my thick hair to my dirty scalp. I saw this in a natural hair book I bought during my transitioning phase and have been doing it since.

  • BreukelensFinest says:

    GREAT tip. I never thought of it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I dilute my shampoo.. much better for my hair. It doesn't feel stripped and crispy. I also coat hair with condish along my strands before I rinse out the shampoo. Happy hair and easy detangling.

  • Cher Nikki says:

    I do this with Kinky Curly Come Clean. I put in one part shampoo and 4-5 parts water. Works great! I should have done it from when I first bought it saves me a lot of money and time. I have BSL hair and it so easy to wash my hair now because I just focus on the scalp.

  • Thrifty curly says:

    I have for about three mth and i notice a big diff. my scalp and hair is cleaner with out striping my natural oils. Hair is not strip and way softer than useing shampoo. Now if i can only find the app bottle that have the comb like tips, the one used for retouching roots with color Im good to go. Any one know were I can find one?

  • Jeannette says:

    I use OriOrganics and feel that it is so gentle and moisturizing, there is no need to dilute it. But, I love the idea of using an applicator bottle to get the scalp…I will DEFINITELY do that!

  • dajewel1982 says:

    i do this! love it!! so economical, too!

  • Anonymous says:

    never done it but sounds really good. smart! i need to do this….

  • sarah says:

    i've diluted the CD Hair Milk Shampoo. it works the same, which is good because it wasn't that cheap, but it's bad because i felt the shampoo was still too drying. back to the drawing board. i'm thinking about poo bars now, which should be economical as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do this! I shampoo in sections so I'll hold each section and squirt the watery shampoo on my scalp, lather the scalp up and rinse…then on to the next section.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is so funny!!! I've read about diluting shampoo a few times and purchased a couple dye applicator bottles at Sally's this past Saturday to use with a new shampoo that I'm going to try!! It's Ion Curl Shaping shampoo (seemed to have decent reviews re: curl enhancement). However, it has SLS too. So, I figure, if I dilute it and use it on pre-pood hair (I've been coated with Vatika and castor oil and bunned for 2 days now! LOL!!), I should be okay. Keeping my fingers crossed that it won't dry my hair out and make it "crispy." I'll be DCing too, of course. My hair is more wavy now and I haven't done a clarifying shampoo in a couple of months. So, I'm hoping this will help give my waves more of a curly bounce. I debated between this or an ACV rinse. If the shampoo doesn't work out, I'll return it and will wait a bit and do an ACV in a few weks I'll report back for those interested=).


  • Naturally Nita says:

    I actually don't dilute my shampoo. I use Curls brand Curl Cleansing Cream and it is so gentle and moisturizing that I don't think diluting is necessary. I do have a TWA and I shampoo once a week but I've been using the same 8 oz bottle since December. I probably have about 2 more uses out of the bottle before I need to replenish. That's pretty good for $10! I bought mine from Target.

  • Charish Halliburton says:

    Brilliant idea! I often wondered how much my shampoo was getting to my scalp just by pouring on my hands and smoothing the surface. It sounds very cost efficient too. Thanks!

  • Jasmine says:

    Has anyone done this before? How did it work on your hair and was it better and more productive than just using shampoo straight out of the bottle?

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