You'll have to make adjustments for your hair and you'll be able to read the signs your hair is trying to give you a long the way.
Sometimes your products will change as well. You will find with the more hair you have... (and if you're transitioning) and the change of texture... what used to moisturize your hair just doesn't work anymore.
This is what I'm currently going through.
With me doing a no heat summer I've been trying to really buckle down and find a nice routine for my hair that is little stress... and keeps the moisture/protein balance in my hair. (It's amazing how down packed I had gotten my routine for wearing my hair straight... but when you are working on no heat styles... you're in a whole new playing field)
For me, as of lately, my scalp has been my biggest hurdle to overcome. I'm having to find a way to get that moisture (water) back in my hair.. and at the same time keep my scalp moisturized.
Over-washing your hair even the sulfate free shampoos and co-washing can be damaging. While your actual hair may feel fine, you can be really drying out your scalp. And while length retention is important, it's always good to remember your hair grows from your SCALP. So don't neglect that either.
My scalp was getting so dry that I have literally been getting scabs. I wasn't sure what they were at first... but after youtubing and really giving it some thought... that's exactly what they are. Kind of like when you get chemical burn from a relaxer... well this is coming solely from my scalp being try, scabbing and then flaking off. (I had a pictures but I decided to spare you the nasty details lol)
Right now I am washing my hair twice a week. 1x with HairOne and 1x Co-Wash.
I've seen so many women on YouTube to have said they only wash their hair (period) once a month. But I have noticed that 99% of these women are natural. While, their hair is gorgeous.. you have to watch these videos and take what you can apply to your hair and leave the rest.
One thing I did see that I am going to start doing on my (shampoo) wash days is only washing my roots.
First I saw shortysweet59 do it, then I hear HairCrush talk about it.
Basically, all I will be doing it getting the shampoo good on my scalp and massaging it into my roots, and then rinsing out.
This is supposed to prevent the drying of the oldest parts of your hair, while cleansing and nourishing your scalp.
The rest of your hair and any build up is supposedly grabbed by the access soak and rinsed out on the way down.
I'm going to give this a try and see how this works for me.
As for my sore and dry scalp.. I'm not really sure what to do at this point. I have been massaging coconut oil in.. but that seems to only make the soreness worse... I have also been treating the extremely dry patches with shea butter.
My shampoo is also for dry scalp. We will see.