Aim to wash your curly hair anywhere from one to five times per week, recommends Lindsey Little, the owner of Lume Salon in Boston.
Loose and classic curls can lather up two to four times a week. Coily curl types can co-wash weekly, and deep cleanse with shampoo once a month. Tight curls fall somewhere in between - shampoo or co-wash every few days to a week. A good rule of thumb: If your curls feel dry, try washing less frequently.
There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests that if you have curly hair you don't need to wash it as often. Some recommendations say that you should wash curly hair as little as once every 2-3 weeks.
For medium thick curly hair, wash your hair every two to three days. A small amount of natural oil will help your hair texture look even better. However, if you love to exercise, you may need to co-wash (wash with conditioner) in between shampoos.
Daily Curly Hair Care Routine. The first thing you should know about curly hair care is this: do NOT wash your hair every day. Washing your curls daily strips your scalp of its natural oils, drying out your hair. When you skip the shower, you give those oils more time to coat your hair from root to tip.
3A hair is made up of well-defined and springy curls that have a loopy, “S” shaped pattern. Their circumference is the size of a piece of sidewalk chalk. 3A ringlets have a fine to medium texture. This curl type benefits from lots of body and movement, but is prone to frizzing and dryness.
You can also mix a hydrating oil or conditioner into a spray bottle to target hair that needs some extra love. After sleeping with curly hair, your curls may even benefit from PATTERN's Hydrating Mist, which has a milky formula made to revitalize and soften your natural texture.
Curly hair requires some special considerations, since it's so prone to dryness. Experts recommend washing your hair no more than every other day if you can, and as little as once per week if your hair is particularly parched.
The answer is simple: because the hair is curly. People can have scalps that get oily at the same rate, but since the hair has curls, the oil takes longer to travel down.
It may seem like a harmless detangling, but combing your curls after the shower while they are wet is NOT optimal. Your curls are fragile when wet and this causes damage and breakage! Solution: Comb in the shower with product (like a conditioner) still in your hair!
Only brush curly hair when it's wet, damp, or has a layer of slip between strands and the bristles. Brushing dry hair is an instant recipe for frizz and will loosen your curls right out of shape.
4. Don't Dry Brush Or Comb Curly Hair. Curly hair breaks easily (I know, you get it — curly hair is dry and and brittle and you need to treat it nicely), so combing it when it's not wet will lead to breakage and split ends.
One of the main causes of frizzy curly hair is lack of moisture. When curly hair lacks moisture it will reach out into the atmosphere to find it instead. Author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, Lorraine Massey, famously says that “frizz is just a curl waiting to happen”, and that all it needs is moisture.
What is pineappling hair? The pineapple hair technique, a term coined by the NaturallyCurly community, is a way to protect your curly hair when you sleep. Done correctly, the pineapple hair method creates a beautiful pile of curls on the top of your head, which resembles the shape of—yes, you guessed it—a pineapple.
It helps in sealing in the hair's moisture and also helps in clumping your coils and curls together for even more definition. However, while warm water creates frizz, cold water tends to flatten the hair.
Like all type 2 hair, 2c hair is wavy, but that often feels like a technicality. Your S-bend hair is thick and the waves start at the roots. If you've ever been confused about whether your hair is wavy or curly, it's likely you have the 2c hair type.
It is best to cut curly hair in its natural and dry state. Cut curly hair after it has been washed, dried and detangled. Cut curly hair down the middle for an even and balanced haircut.
If you have dry, coarse, curly, or color-treated hair, you may benefit from conditioning your hair more frequently — daily or every other day. These hair types tend to be on the dryer side, and may love a little extra moisture.