How Often Should We Wash Different Hair Types?

It's not one-size-fits-all!

Remember when people all started to realize you don’t need to wash your hair every day? It was revolutionary! Different hair types have different needs when it comes to washing hair. A lot of people started having healthier-looking hair days more often after learning how to properly wash their locks according to their needs, and not just a cut-and-dry formula of every day.

Read on to learn more about the washing needs of different hair types.

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Different hair types require different routines. Photo credit:

1. Thin, Fine Hair

Fine hair can easily feel weighed down by too much oil. To make sure your fine hair is always looking at its best, wash your hair every day to every other day. Going much longer than that can leave your hair falling flat and worse, looking and feeling greasy. Get the most volume out of fine hair by washing with Bed Head by TIGI Epic Volume Shampoo and Epic Volume Conditioner. We love this system in particular because it gives body and volume without a lot of effort.

2. Straight, Thick Hair

Straighter hair textures tend to get oily looking faster because the oil can easily move down the hair shaft. If you have very thick hair, oil may help to give a refining effect without turning to thinning shears. Thick, straight hair can usually start to look oily on the second or third day. Wash your hair with a system that helps moisturize and give shine without the weighdown, such as Dove Radiant Shine Shampoo and Radiant Shine Conditioner.

3. Wavy Hair

Wavy hair is usually a bit drier than straight hair. A good rule of thumb for wavy hair is to use a system that enhances your natural texture while adding a bit of moisture so it doesn’t frizz out (a.k.a. public enemy no. 1 for wavy hair types!). We like the lightweight conditioning we get from TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Shampoo and Perfectly (un)Done Conditioner.

4. Curly Hair

Curly hair is the driest of all the different hair types. Because of its spirals, oil from the scalp can’t work its way down, leaving the ends drier than straighter hair types. Depending on just how curly your hair is, you may not need to fully shampoo your hair as often. Wavy to curly hair may want to wash every third day. If you have a kinkier texture, you may only need to do a full-on shampoo once a week. In between shampooing curly hair you can cleanse, suds-free, by co-washing or picking up a dry shampoo that refreshes your scalp, such as Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo.

5. Damaged Hair

For severely damaged hair, your locks can use all the moisture it can handle. Avoid further drying and stressing damaged hair out by washing as infrequently as you can manage, or when your locks start to look and feel greasy. When you do wash your hair, try to be gentle and focus the product at the roots, where you need it most. You can use a super hydrating system to help add moisture back to your hair. We like Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo and Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner for their ultra-nourishing properties.

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