How often do you shampoo your hair? If you have thick curly hair washing it once every 4 days is a good routine. Shampoos are a detergent and hard on your hair. The longer you can go without washing your hair the healthier and nicer it will be. When you shampoo your curls think of the shampoo scraping at the outer most layer of your hair, which is the cuticle. The cuticle, when magnified, resembles scales of a snake; shampoos with harsh detergents in them will rip at the scales and cause your hair breakage and damage. When shopping for your next bottle of shampoo check the label. Some common FDA approved detergents are, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate which is extremely harsh for example Pantene Pro-V, Sodium Laureth Sulfate which can be considered mild for example Tresemme, and TEA or MEA Laureth Sulfate which is the most gentle for example Matrix Biolage.
When determining what shampoo to use I usually go for something natural. I am currently using Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat which is organic and contains TEA Sulfate. I shampoo my hair once every 5 days and I feel my hair gets nicer the longer I go without washing it. I usually shampoo my hair in the evening, around 6pm, then I style it. I let my hair air dry even though it is slightly still wet by the time I am ready to go to sleep. Once I wake up my hair is full and bouncy and the curl is ready to be reactivated. I flip my head over and spritz my hair with a water bottle, keeping it about 80% dry, I then reapply some product and let air dry.