To wash or not to wash?
It seems simple, right? Take a shower and wash your hair daily. Wrong! Washing your hair may seem like a simple task, but you would be surprised how many curlies are doing it wrong.
Washing your hair incorrectly can lead to scalp irritation, dandruff, lice and other scalp issues. Certain hair types and textures only require washing once a week, while others feel best when washed 2-3 times a week.
What makes your hair feel dirty?
Sebaceous glands are to blame! Sebaceous glands are glands in our skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate our skin and hair. These glands are connected to an individual hair follicle. They are responsible for secreting sebum, the natural oils that moisturize and waterproof your skin and hair. This is why our hair can feel or look dirty.
Thick hair or tight curls and kinks
Shampooing can be the last thing on your mind, since you only need to wash your hair about once a week (and sometimes less)! Your hair doesn’t feel dirty easily, so you don’t need to cleanse it until it feels dirty. Daily washing is a bad idea because your hair would be way too dry.
You have the luxury of waiting a number of days until you feel like it needs washing again. To refresh in between washes, try a dry shampoo or conditioner. Co-washing is a great option for those with thick, coarse hair.
Medium curls, kinks and waves
You can afford to shampoo every few days. If you skip a day, no need to worry because your curls will look great with a little refreshing! Curls look great and the texture will work well with a small amount of oil in your hair. Low shampoos or a shampoo bar is great for you.
Make sure to pineapple to help you achieve better second day hair. If you work out a lot, you may need to co-wash (wash with conditioner) in between shampoos. You can also water wash between co-washes. Water washing means that you massage your scalp using just water, no shampoo, cleanser or conditioner. Some people do this in between their co-washes/shampoos.
Fine curls and waves
You have a fine hair texture; by the evening your hair seems oily and you use styling products daily.
Your curly locks will look their best if you shampoo every day. Your wave or fine hair will sparkle with daily washed hair. It’s not your style to have oily texture, so it’s best to keep it clean. To avoid drying out your locks, make sure to moisturize with a good conditioner! Think about how much this is going to cut down on your bathroom time!
There's more to it...
Your curl pattern most likely falls within one or more of the curl patterns we just mentioned, but there's more to it than curl pattern. Your individual porosity, your city's water qualities and your hair care needs will all affect how often you wash your hair.
Ultimately, wash and condition your hair based on how greasy or dry your hair feels, and use these tips as guidelines.