Whether it’s winter, fall, spring or summer, a consistent daily hair care routine for your hair type is always a must. Your hair is an extension of you, and your hair care routine should be specific to your hair type. Is your hair straight, wavy, curly, or coily? Madison Reed has the right hair routine for you.
Hair type: Straight
Straight hair falls smoothly, and has a glossy consistency since the natural oils from the scalp easily work their way to the bottom. Straight hair doesn’t need much conditioning since it’s typically soft and smooth. But that doesn’t mean you can’t suffer from common problems like flatness at the top (since volume isn’t typically there), and your hair getting greasy more quickly.
Clean: Comb your hair with a small-tooth comb daily to distribute the sebum to the ends of the shafts. Wash your hair every other day to ensure that
Care: Deep condition your hair once a month to keep your hair soft and supple.
Style: When your hair gets flat, try teasing your hair at the crown and adding in hair spray. Use a blow dryer to dry it, and then repeat steps until you get ultimate volume. Also try blow drying your hair upside-down with a round brush.
Hair type: Wavy
Wavy hair has s-shaped curls down its length, it’s the perfect blend between straight and curly. Sometimes the hair can appear straight with slight bends towards the ends of the hair, or it can have consistent waves throughout the shaft. This hair has ultimate flexibility, and is easy to straighten, keep wavy, and curl. However, sometimes it can get greasy on the top and dry at the bottom, and is much more prone to frizz than other types.
Clean: Wash your hair two to three times a week, and use dry shampoo for in-between days.
Care: Use a deep conditioner twice a month to keep your hair soft. You can also use a dime-sized amount of leave-in conditioner or a couple of drops of argan oil to keep your hair from frizzing during the day.
Style: Since wavy hair has many choices, you can choose whether you want to straighten it, leave it wavy or curl your hair more. We suggest keeping it natural and spritzing some texturizing or salt spray to give you a beachy look.
Hair type: Curly
Curly hair is bouncy, playful, and full of volume. The strand thickness can range from fine to coarse but is most often fine. The greatest challenges for curly hair types are frizz, lack of curl definition, shrinkage, and dryness.
Clean: Wash your hair just once or twice a week. Shampoo can strip the moisture out of curly hair more quickly, so make sure to apply some leave-in conditioner or argan oil.
Care: Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week (before the day you wash your hair) to keep your hair silky and smooth, and your curls bouncy.
Style: Use a heat protection spray before you run your hair through a diffuser, and spend some time styling the individual curls. If your hair gets frizzy, take a spray bottle and spray your strands again to give the curl a chance to re-form.
Hair type: Coily
Coily hair has the tightest curls ranging from fine to coarse, with s-shaped and z-shaped curls. It is the most fragile of hair types. This type of hair is filled with texture, so you won’t have to worry about your hair slipping out of a braid or style. A common problem with coily hair is that it is dry and fragile, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look beautiful.
Clean: Wash your hair just once a week with a cleansing conditioner.
Care: Seal your hair with heavy oils and coating butters (like shea butter), right after the shower, and put it through a pre-treatment with a hot oil treatment to make it easy to wash.
Style: You can wear it natural, braid it, or put it up in a bun. You decide. If you want to give yourself a voluminous fro, use a diffuser to dry it 50% of the way, then let it naturally air dry. The less heat you use on coily hair, the better.
And there you have it! Four hair types and four hair care routines to go with them. Add these extra universal rules of thumb to help your hair stay its most healthy and beautiful:
- Always use heat protectant before styling.
- Investing in a silk pillow to prevent breakage.
- Eat healthy foods and drink water to help new hair grow beautifully.
Get personalized recommendations by building your Hair Profile or calling the Color Crew, our team of certified colorists and professional stylists. They love listening to your hair history and tailoring suggestions to suit your hair and style. At Madison Reed, we love to help people look and feel their very best!