If you are an adult with thick curls, by now, you’ve probably learned to not wash your hair on the day of your graduation, a job interview, someone’s wedding, or other important public appointments of sorts, unless you’re going for a Granny Addams look. Turns out for once, you’re on the right side of the curve (literally), but there are also other options. “There’s fine curly hair and coarse curly hair, and fine curly hair has different needs than coarse curly hair,” says Reyman. “If you have coarse curly hair, when you shampoo your hair it makes your hair coarser, fuller, and bigger—but, fuller and bigger is your enemy. If you want your hair smaller, you should be shampooing less, and conditioning more. You should use a light shampoo—you could even use those new co-washes.” I took Reyman’s advice, and used DevaCurl’s No-Poo along with Davines’s Love Conditioner for about a month—and can vouch that it works like magic. My hair stayed smaller, even on the most humid New York days. (Since this type of wash doesn’t lather, at first, you may feel that your hair isn’t as clean as it should be, but that feeling goes away with time.)
"People with coarse curly hair should only shampoo their hair when it’s dirty,” he elaborates. “Now, to me, dirty means greasy on the scalp or itchy. Otherwise, you can just rinse the products out with water. There are even some people, where I say shampoo it once a week or once every two weeks. I have some clients who shampoo it once a month, and they condition it every chance they get.”
If you have fine curls, however, you should follow a different regimen: “For somebody with fine curly hair, the more they shampoo it the fuller it gets,” Reyman asserts. "So, we’d like them to shampoo more and condition less—and they should use a strong shampoo.” One of Reyman’s personal favorites is Aveda’s Pure Abundance. “It gets rid of all of the oils and makes that hair shaft swell up, that’s what we’re hoping for.”
In fact, he says that people with fine hair can shampoo every day. "Usually, they want their hair big but not frizzy. Frizziness is a different story, you have to manage that with products, but the shampoo helps to prepare your hair to have products,” Reyman says. As for the conditioner? Use just a little on the regular and feel free to skip every once in a while.