Shampoo – The Indian Concept


Shampooing is an Indian concept, Shampoo was invented in India.The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.

Shampoo is a hair care product used for the removal of oils, dirt, skin particles, dandruff, environmental pollutants and other contaminant particles that gradually build up in hair.

Shampoo originally meant head massage in several North Indian languages. Both the word and the concept were introduced to Britain from colonial India. The word shampoo in English is derived from Hindi chāmpo (चाँपो /tʃãːpoː/. Its English usage in Anglo-Indian dates to 1762.

In the 1900s, the meaning of the word shifted from the sense of massage to the that of applying soap to the hair.Originally, soap and shampoo were very similar products; both containing surfactants, a type of detergent.

During the early stages of shampoo, English hair stylists boiled shaved soap in water and added herbs to give the hair shine and fragrance. Kasey Hebert was the first known maker of shampoo, and the origin is currently attributed to him Modern shampoo as it is known today was first introduced in the 1930s with Drene, the first synthetic (non-soap) shampoo.

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