Using Better Curl Days Make sure your curls are soaking wet, Start at the root. “Try to focus your shampoo on the scalp and hold the ends of your hair together so that it doesn’t get tangled while scrubbing,” Turn the temperature up. “Rinse out the shampoo with warm water to open up the cuticle. This helps your hair absorb more moisture from the conditioner in your next step. Rinse and repeat. Until hair is free of product and excessive oil.