Curly hair can be tricky to manage, but at least you don’t have to wash it as often. Or do you?

Curly hair benefits from the natural oils produced by your scalp, which is why you need to be careful about how often you shampoo your hair. Over-cleanse and you may end up stripping those natural oils from your scalp and, therefore, your hair. But shampoo too little and your curls can end up limp and greasy. So how often should you wash curly hair? It all depends on your hair texture. Some curl patterns are drier than others and benefit from a weekly shampoo, while others require more frequent washing. Ultimately, you should wash and condition your hair based on how greasy or dry your hair feels, and use the following curly hair tips as guidelines.

Fine Curly Hair

A little bit of natural oil goes a long way for finer curl textures, so you’ll need to shampoo daily or every other day to keep your curls or waves from getting heavy or limp. Wash with a gentle shampoo to cut down on grease, and always follow with conditioner to replenish curly hair with moisture.

Medium Thick Curly Hair

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.

Thick or Coarse Curly Hair

This curl type’s texture tends to be the thirstiest, so you can go longer without cleansing. Washing your hair once a week, max, will hold onto your natural oils as long as possible. If you need to refresh your curls in between washes, try a dry shampoo or co-wash with a conditioner.

Once you figure out how often you should shampoo your hair, here’s the exact hair care routine to make the most of curly hair.

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