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Why is shampoo called shampoo?

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Answered 2013-09-06 11:00:57

The etymology of shampoo is the Hindi word "campo" (or "champo") and it means to "press, pound and knead," like you do to bread dough. Originally a shampoo wasn't a hair cleaning exercise, but a forceful full-body massage, not restricted to the head, but encompassing the torso and limbs as well, as part of a Turkish bath routine. he final stage of the routine involved one's hair being washed. The first instance of the word "shampoo" being used in print was in 1862 when a writer mentioned his/her concern that "Had I not seen several China merchants shampooed before me, I should have been apprehensive of danger".

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