Wash Routines For All Hair Textures

Wash Routines For All Hair Textures

Wash Routines For All Hair Textures

Some of us with thicker hair textures dread 'wash day' because we know just how much work is involved. Social media is also full of memes highlighting the build-up to wash day helping us to see the funnier side of it and know we are not alone.


We believe all hair textures are beautiful and since our hair is as diverse as our skin, our wash day routines (and frequencies) are also different. During the holiday season, we may have more time to show our hair a little TLC so we have listed washing and conditioning routines for all textures that you can try at home.  


How often should we wash our hair? 

Although it depends on your hair type and lifestyle as a general rule, most experts recommend washing your hair every two-three days/ two times a week. If you have normal hair and don't suffer from dryness, oiliness, or a special condition, you have the luxury of washing your hair whenever you feel like you need to.


Wash routine for thick type 4C afro hair

4C hair can take the form of a curl, a coil, or even a z-shape. This means that type 4C hair is more fragile especially when wet and sometimes drier than other hair types. You still need to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp and hair clean- but if you have 4C hair you can lengthen the time between washes to 2, 3, or even 4 weeks. 

Wash your hair in sections to prevent tangles and be sure to avoid shampoos that contain sulphates and opt for a hydrating conditioner to smooth down your cuticles after shampooing. If your scalp gets itchy or has a lot of build-up, do an apple cider vinegar rinse after shampooing your hair. 

4C hair, in particular, thrives with regular deep conditioning treatments. This will keep your hair healthy, bouncy, and shiny, and will prevent snagging and tangles when styling. 


Wash routine for mixed / curly hair textures 

A good rule of thumb is to start with washing just once a week and adjust up or down from there. In the winter this might stretch out a little longer. In the summer, you'll probably need to wash more often. Conditioning mixed/curly hair is equally as important as washing it. Conditioning the hair softens it, restores elasticity and gets those cuticles to lay more flat making it shinier and the curls more defined.

To add moisture and increase elasticity, you should deep condition the hair at least once a month after normal shampooing. Leave the deep conditioning treatment in your hair and under a shower cap for at least 30 minutes. Alternating every other month with a hot oils treatment can really benefit your hair.


Wash routine for South Asian hair textures 

When it comes to washing South Asian hair, as with other ethnic hair types, no one solution fits all, hair washing depends on your hair and how often you know you need to wash it to keep it clean and looking good, especially as Asian hair can look heavy on the scalp when dirty. 

Aside from your hair washing routine, there are things you can do for your hair before and after to reduce moisture loss. Before shampooing, a weekly pre-shampoo moisturising treatment like a hair mask will work wonders and there are many available in the market to both tame and nourish hair. Choose shampoos and conditioners that have natural oils in them like coconut oil or neem oil. Products with argan oil are particularly good at helping to make hair more manageable and tameable. Most hairstylists will advise that hot showers are generally not ideal. Instead, try a warm shower and finish with cool or cold water to help close the hair cuticle after washing and lock in moisture. 


Wash routine for European / fine hair textures

The most important step for styling fine hair starts in the shower. Sulfates and detergents found in many shampoos can weaken hair follicles over time, making your hair susceptible to breakage and the appearance of thinning so always try to use sulphate free shampoo when you can. Using a volumising shampoo can help plump up the roots and add nutrients back to depleted strands. Then use a clarifying shampoo about once a week to get rid of additional buildup which will leave your hair appearing fuller and denser. Conditioner might sound counterintuitive for really fine hair, but stylists say it can help, especially if you’re using a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos tend to be quite drying, which can make the scalp overproduce oils, A moisturizing conditioner will help maintain the balance so that no extra oils that drag down hair are produced. 

To manage excess oil on second-day hair, opt for dry shampoo instead. Hairstylists say the powder remnants will mop up excess oil and create more volume. Just remember to wash it out after using it three times in a row or the buildup can irritate the scalp and make your hair dry causing breakage. 



Whether your hair is fine, thick, long, short, matte, glossy, curly, coily, or straight, your hair deserves respect and TLC. Get to know your hair’s curl patterns, its porosity, density, and styling needs because healthy self-care includes your hair we hope these wash day routines were a good starting place for you to confidently care for your tresses at home.