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Here's how often you should wash your hair based on your hair type

We all have different hair types and textures, so we don't—and shouldn't!—wash our hair the same way. There are four main types of hair: straight, wavy, curly and kinky, and they all require different maintainence. Want the *best* hair routine for your type? Read on.

Straight hair
Oils show more in straight hair than curly hair so you need to wash your hair more. You shouldn't wash your hair everyday though, this will strip the natural oils and sebum from your hair and it'll make your hair brittle and dry. Plus, it can reduce hair growth. You should wash your hair every other day and if you notice excess oil in your hair use dry shampoo on your roots.

Wavy hair
Now wavy hair can be a little harder because it can be either more curly than straight or more straight than curly. Make sure you buy shampoo and conditioner for wavy hair to keep the shape of the waves and reduce frizziness. It's better to wash your hair either every other day or once every few days.

Curly hair
Curly head beauties, rejoice! You don't need to wash your hair as often as someone with straight hair. Washing your curls too much will cause damage and your locks won't curl the same after a while. The natural oils in your hair do more good than harm so you can get away with washing only 2–3 times a week or less. The texture of curly hair keeps the natural oils from traveling down your hair slower than straight hair.

Kinky hair
Kinky hair only needs to be wash once a week to three times a week. If your hair doesn't produce a lot of natural oils, you can even go up to two weeks without washing. If you're in between washes and your hair is feeling a little dirty, rinse under cold water without shampoo.

Dyed hair
Whether your hair is curly, thick, straight or thin, dyed hair needs to be maintained differently than you usually do. Dying your hair strips it down, so you need to condition your hair more than you wash it. Plus, washing your hair a lot will fade your hair color. Buy a sulfate-free shampoo to wash your hair with and never wash it more than 2 or 3 times a week. You'll also need to deep condition your hair more than you usually do.

The hair products that you use, how often your hair produces oil and the amount of exercise you routinely get can also factor in to how often you should wash your hair.

How many times a week do you wash your hair? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Ashlin Bird | 3/27/2018