You’re the Modern Woman. You’re the 21st century woman who is pulled in a million directions day in and day out. There are deadlines to meet, assignments to complete, and a home to take care of. In the push and pull of everyday life, one thing that takes the brunt of your lack of self-care is your hair.

Yes, you heard me right. Simply washing your hair with the same shampoo you’ve used your whole life and throwing it up in the same bun/ponytail that you’ve sported for years is not enough. Your hair deserves a certain level of daily care to look and feel its best. Which is why you need to follow a proper daily hair care routine. Well, lucky for you, I’ve compiled the perfect daily hair care routines for all hair types. Just take your pick and get started!

1. For Straight Hair


You may think straight hair does not require much in the way of a hair care routine, but you would be drastically wrong. Just because your straight hair is easy to manage does not mean that you can skimp on taking proper care of it. Now, the thing with straight hair is that the natural oils from your scalp travel down the complete length of your hair quite evenly. So, the main issue to address when designing a daily hair care routine for straight hair is its tendency to fall flat and look greasy.

How To Wash

Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo to keep any greasiness or oiliness at bay.
Just because your hair feels oily does not mean that you wash it daily. In fact, that could be quite counterproductive as your scalp would produce more oil to compensate for the oil stripped away by daily shampooing. So, limit washing your hair to once in 2-3 days.
How To Care

Conditioning your straight hair is uber important if you want it to look its soft and smooth best.
Pick a conditioner that is infused with an essential oil – like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil – that will hydrate your hair and nourish it from within.
Do not apply conditioner on your scalp and roots of your hair to prevent it from building up and making your hair look greasy and flat. Instead, apply it from the nape of your neck and pull it down till the ends of your hair.
How To Style

How many times have you whined about your straight hair falling flat and looking limp and boring? Probably too many times to count. Well, there’s just one product that you need to combat this problem – volumizing mousse. Apply a dollop of volumizing mousse throughout your damp hair before air drying/blow drying it. This will add volume to your hair and infuse new life into it.
Another common complaint ladies have is that their hair can get too smooth and slippery to style it properly. Braids unravel and ponytails droop down throughout the day. In this case, spritz on some texturizing spray to add some texture and hold to your hair.
2. For Wavy Hair

Wavy hair can be immensely easy or painfully difficult to style, depending on how you take care of it. This neither-curly-nor-straight hair type needs its own special kind of tender loving care as it can get greasy at the scalp and dry at the ends.

How To Wash

While going too many days between washing your wavy hair can cause increased hair fall, washing it too often can dry it out. So, it’s best to wash it every 3-4 days to keep it clean and healthy.
Dry your hair with a microfiber towel to keep that pesky frizz at bay.
How To Care

Condition your hair every time you wash it to give your waves more definition.
Give your hair an oil massage with coconut oil, olive oil, or pumpkin seed oil an hour before you wash your hair or leave it in overnight. This will nourish and condition your hair from within, leaving it softer and shinier.
Harsh sun and wind can unleash untold damage and cause split ends in your wavy hair. A great way to prevent that from happening is to apply jojoba oil on the ends of your hair and leave it on overnight. This will lock in moisture and make your hair look super healthy.
How To Style

The best way to get well-defined waves is to tie your hair up in braids before going to bed. The more braids that you have in your hair, the tighter and more well-defined your waves will be.
Every wavy haired girl knows that hair scrunching has got to be an essential part of her hair styling routine. And if you didn’t, I’ll let you in on the secret. Right after you step out of the shower, apply a bit of leave-in conditioner to your hair. Then, bend down and flip your hair forward. Ball up your fists with handfuls of hair and scrunch them up towards your scalp. Don’t brush/hair after this. This way, when your hair dries, your waves will have more definition.
3. For Curly Hair

Yes, curly hair can be fun, playful, and full of character. But there’s a dark side to it that you need to be aware of. Curly hair is notoriously difficult to take proper care of because it tends to get dry, frizzy, and lose curl definition. So, here’s what you need to do to take care of it.

How To Wash

Curly hair tends to get dry because curls act as an obstruction for the natural oils from the scalp to travel down the length of your hair. Which is why using harsh shampoos on it can be an even worse idea because they can further strip the oils from your hair. So your best course of action is to use a mild sulfate-free shampoo to preserve the oils in your hair.
Now this may come as a bit of a shocker to some but hear me out – wash your curly hair just twice a week. This may sound gross to you but is actually the best thing you can do to prevent your curls from becoming dry and damaged.
You could simply co-wash (i.e. wash your hair with just conditioner) every alternate day to cleanse your hair without drying it out too much.
How To Care

Curly hair needs all the moisture that it can get. Therefore, conditioning it needs to become an integral part of your routine. You can condition your hair every time you wash it and also on the days when you are not shampooing it (i.e. co-washing).
Deep conditioner can be a real lifesaver when it comes to hydrating your curls as it penetrates the hair shaft completely and nourishes it from within. So, make sure you deep condition your hair at least once every two weeks.
Curly hair can be quite fragile and can break quite easily, which makes it quite tricky to detangle. The best way to do is when you’re in the shower and have conditioner in your hair. Simply run a wide toothed comb through your at this time to remove all the knots and tangles. Not only does this reduce breakage, it also preserves your curl definition.