Curly Hair Washing Tips: How Often To Wash Curly Hair

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Most people feel that they should be washing their hair daily, but this is not always the best course of action. Washing your hair too often can lead to scalp irritation and even dandruff. How often to wash curly hair is your own personal choice, but you might want to consider some tips when it comes to washing curly hair.

How Often Should You Wash Curly Hair?

Washing Thick, Tight Curls And Coils

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If you have thick coarse hair or right curls and coils, you will not have to worry about washing your hair every time to shower. For tight curls, you can easily wash your hair only once a week. There are some people who feel that washing their tight curls every 2 weeks is also appropriate if it’s not too dirty. Washing tight curls every day could lead to problems such as drying your hair out.

Of course, you might want to refresh your hair between washes to ensure that it always looks its best. To do this, you can try washing your hair with just water and hair conditioner, or even just a ‘water wash’. Water washing your hair is when you simply massage your scalp with just water and no other cleansers.

Washing Medium Curls And Waves

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If you have medium curls and waves, you could afford to wash your hair once a week. Even if you skip a few days, don’t fret. Your curls will still look good with a bit of refreshing. Medium curls and waves can work very well when they have a little oil in them which is why you do not have to wash them every day.

However, if you exercise regularly then you will need to co-wash your curls between shampooing them. You can also “water wash” your curls between the co-washes to ensure that they look fresh.

Washing Fine Curls And Waves

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If you have a fine hair texture with fine curls and waves, you will often find that your hair seems to be oily by evening. This is particularly evident when you have used styling products during the day. The washing schedule that you have will vary depending on your scalp sensitivity. There are many people with fine curls and waves who find that co-washing leaves their hair looking oily the first few times they do this.

This is why you need to consider experimenting with co-washing. It is possible that you will find the oiliness of the first few co-washes will subside over time. If you think that co-washing is not right for you, you should try prolonging the time between shampooing your hair by using a ‘dry shampoo’ or lighter style products. You can also use water refreshing to help with this. Cutting down the shampooing is essential and you should aim to wash your hair only every 2 to 3 days.

No Set Schedule For All Hair Types

While it is important to have some basic guidelines for when to wash your curly hair, it is important to note that all hair is different. A wash schedule that one person uses may not work for someone else and you need to keep this in mind. You should create a wash schedule that works with your hair and that you are comfortable with. When creating your wash schedule, there are 3 basic guidelines that you need to consider.

1. The first is to wash your hair when it is dirty.

The amount of time it takes for a person’s hair to become dirty will vary depending on the type of hair and the person’s lifestyle. People who are very active will generally have to wash their hair more often than people who are not. Of course, you can also co-wash or refresh your hair with conditioner instead of washing it to lengthen the time between washing.

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2. The second guideline is to wash your hair when you have build-up.

Many people mistake build-up for when their hair is dirty and this is not always the case. It is possible for your hair to have a buildup of styling products and you will want to remove this buildup because it will damage your hair. The amount of time build-up takes to accumulate will vary depending on the products you use and how much you are using each day.

3. The last guideline is to experiment with your wash day schedule.

If you want to have a set schedule, you need to find one that works for your hair based on experience. Of course, when you experiment with your washing schedule, you should also include conditioning and refreshing to ensure you are getting the most out of your plans.

How often you wash curly hair will vary depending on the type of curls you have and what you do each day. There are no set rules for when you should wash your hair and you will need to experiment to create a schedule that works for you.

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1 thought on “Curly Hair Washing Tips: How Often To Wash Curly Hair”

  1. Thanks great information about washing my curl’s everyday I’m going to set a schedule only refresh water and conditioner.


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