May 17, 2024

How To Use A Shampoo Pump Dispenser

Did you know there are a wide variety of sizes and forms available for shampoo pumps, which are among the most used tools for distributing thick liquid personal care and cosmetic goods?

When operated properly, pumps consistently distribute the correct amount of product. To be more specific, have you ever considered the components of a shampoo pump and how they work?

Before discussing the components that help orchestrate the pump dispenser, let’s shed light on how to use one effectively.

Step-by-Step Guide On Using A Shampoo Pump Dispenser 

  1. Always prime the pump before using it for the first time. Repeatedly pushing the pump triggers the flow of shampoo. By releasing any trapped air, priming prepares the material for future precise dosing.
  2. Get Your Hair moisten: Use warm water to moisten your hair completely before applying shampoo. Doing so enables the shampoo to enter the hair and wash more thoroughly by opening the cuticles.
  3. Put your hand below the shampoo pump dispenser and press down softly but forcefully to dispense the shampoo. A typical pump is engineered to dispense a certain volume of product with every stroke of the handle. Use one or two pumps at the root, depending on your hair's thickness and length.
  4. To Style Your Hair: To wash your hair and scalp, pour some shampoo into your palm and rub it in. To exfoliate and remove the accumulation of dead skin cells, oils, and products from the scalp, gently massage it with your fingertips. To get all of your hair, work the shampoo through its length.
  5. Rinse Well: After applying the shampoo, be sure to rinse your hair with warm water. The water should run clear after rinsing, meaning the shampoo has been thoroughly rinsed off.
  6. Shampoo Again if Necessary: The amount of product accumulation and the kind of hair determine whether you need to shampoo again. If you want to wash your hair twice, use less shampoo the second time since it's partly clean. 

There may be hundreds of variations on the design of a shampoo pump on the market today, but the fundamental idea is the same. At its core, a shampoo pump comprises the following parts:

1. Actuator 

To remove the product from the container, the user presses down on an actuator, also known as the pump head. A PP plastic actuator is one of several possible designs; these actuators often have up-lock and down-lock mechanisms to avoid unintentional output. Ergonomics have a role in customer satisfaction at this component design stage, which can also distinguish one pump from another in terms of exterior appearance.

2. Closure 

This part fastens the whole assembly to the bottle's neck cap. Common neck finish locations like 28-410 and 33-400 help identify it. Its PP plastic construction and ribbed or smooth side surfaces are common features. It is possible to upgrade the look of the shampoo pump by installing a glossy metal cover.

3. Outer Gasket

The gasket, which is typically friction-fitted to the inside of the closure, prevents product leakage by acting as a gasket barrier on the bottle land area. Various materials can be used for this outer gasket, which is determined by the manufacturer's design. Among the several alternatives, LDPE and rubber are only two.

4. Housing 

Housing the pump assembly, this part secures all the parts and serves as a conduit for the product's movement from the dip tube to the actuator and, finally, the user's hand. Polypropylene is a common material for this part. The size of this housing can vary substantially depending on the design and output of the shampoo pump.

Double-check the housing's dimensions to ensure a snug fit before attaching the pump to a glass container; the latter's thicker side walls could make it impossible for the former to fit.

How Does It Function in Practice? 

A shampoo pump is similar to an air suction device in that it defies gravity by drawing shampoo from the container into the user's palm. In response to the user's pressure on the actuator, a piston is moved to compress the spring, which in turn pushes the ball and its contents higher into the dip tube and, eventually, the chamber, thanks to the upward pressure of the air.

When the user lets go of the actuator, the spring snaps the piston and actuator back into place, and the ball goes back to where it was, closing the chamber and stopping the liquid product from draining back into the bottle. 

"Priming" describes this first cycle. The product already in the chamber will be sucked out and dispensed onto the consumer's hand when the user presses the actuator again. This process occurs via the stem and actuator. Higher output pumps, which often have larger chambers, may need more priming before the product can be delivered via the actuator.

The output of the Shampoo Pump 

Common units of measurement for the output of plastic shampoo pumps is cc (or ml). Pump output typically falls between 0.5 to 4 cc, while larger pumps with larger chambers and longer piston/spring components may achieve up to 8 cc. The product marketer has complete control over the dose since many manufacturers offer several output choices for each shampoo pump.


  1. To improve your grasp, take the pump off the bottle. 

If you're experiencing trouble unlocking the lock, remove everything from the bottle, use a paper towel to remove excess body wash, and then twist the pump counterclockwise while holding the bottom two components of the mechanism. 

  1. Spin the pump while holding the tubing's top.

If you're having trouble opening the pump, try grasping the top of the tube (just below the screw that attaches to the bottle) instead of the bottom sections of the mechanism. Apply pressure to the tubing's top with your index finger and thumb before rotating it counterclockwise. 

  1. Secure the lock with a rubber band and twist it.

The tiny size of the lock makes it difficult to grasp. Simplify the process by encircling the lock with a rubber band (it may take some practice to avoid having it trapped in the groove). As you spin the pump counterclockwise, keep the lock steady.


In the end!

With practice, using a shampoo pump dispenser becomes second nature. In order to avoid wasting shampoo while still getting a good wash, follow these steps to measure the exact quantity you need. After a little experience, utilizing a shampoo pump dispenser will be as natural as breathing. It will improve your hair care regimen and give your locks a clean, revitalized sensation.

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