Why is shampoo called shampoo?
It is believed that the word originated from the Hindi word champo, which means to knead or to press. It was first used strictly as a product to wash one’s hair in 1860, but was expanded to include carpets in 1954.
Shampoo derives from the Hindi word Campo, which means to massage. The word entered the English language in 1762 meaning a full body massage. These massages were followed by a washing of the hair. By 1860 the word shampoo became used as it’s modern meaning “to wash the hair“.
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