Different Hair Textures and Frequency of Shampooing
Let's start with the basics; hair texture!
(As per ABCH) - there are four basic categories of different hair types;
STRAIGHT, WAVY, HELICAL, and SPIRAL.
Now without getting into the chemistry and make up of hair, we can say that your hair is going to fall into one of these four categories and you already know which category your hair is in. For instance, I know that I have wavy hair, which tends to be coarse and frizzes easily. I always wanted bone straight hair - like Asian girls have! My hair is pretty thick, too. So what does this mean to me? My hair tends to be quite dry, so I know that I shouldn't wash it everyday or that will make my hair even more dry and it will not style as good. I tend to wash my hair every two - three days, depending on what products I put in it the day before. By doing this, I am not stripping out those oils that make my hair so much more manageable and smooth looking. My hair actually looks better on the second day and with a good haircut, it willl look good on the third and even fourth day!
What if my scalp starts feeling a little itchy on the third day, from the smoothing products I put in it? Glad you asked! Two life changing words - DRY SHAMPOO! Works wonders to refresh and restore second and third day hair.
In general, I like to ask my clients to try to wash their hair every two - three days instead of everyday, if they can. Now some ladies just can't; they have baby fine hair, or an oily scalp situation. I realize they have to wash their hair everyday and that is the right thing for them. But some clients tend to wash their hair everyday because of habit - that's the way they've always done it and they don't know any other way. Some clients have hair as dry as a tumbleweed and are washing it everyday because it feels good. But then...they wonder why their hair looks so dry and isn't very manageable. I will suggest to them, to just rinse their hair in the shower, with no shampoo, and lightly condition the ends. World of difference! They usually love it!
For curly, wavy, dry, coarse hair, I suggest alternating a sulfate free shampoo with a regular shampoo. Sulfate free is great, but those sulfates do a great job of cleaning everything out and adding some life and volume back into the hair, so alternate! If you use products in your hair, add a dime size of color safe clarifying shampoo into the shampoo you normally use - it's good to cleanse the palette! If you have colored enhanced hair - PLEASE use color safe shampoo and conditioner!!! It will prolong the life of your haircolor and keep you looking good! :)
So there you have it - you know your hair texture. Think about it. Experiment. See how it works out for you. Don't be afraid of change... do it and find out for yourself! Let me know how it goes!