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Hair Tip: How Often Should You Wash Your Natural Hair

Katrina Coleman

Among the golden rules of personal hygiene is washing your hair regularly. The question is how often we should wash our hair?

No matter the hair type, frequent washing is a big no. The hair should be cleansed to eliminate debris, dust, impurities, sweat and products build-up, but this does not demand everyday washing. Given all, a healthy hair requires a good wash routine; but sometimes because we have heard the dangers of over washing, we end up under-washing our hair, thus causing flaky scalps and odor formation, the fact is how frequent you should wash your hair depends on:

  • Hair porosity
  • Your texture
  • The length of your strands
  • The density of your hair
  • The hairstyles you wear
  • How much sebum(oil) your scalp produce
  • The number of products we have used before wash day

Photo by Huha Inc. on Unsplash - Natural Hair

LET’S BEGIN WITH THE DANGERS

Washing your hair does two things to you. First, it strips it of its natural oil, leaving it dry and brittle.

Secondly, you will have to replenish those lost oils every day by using products. Thus, this becomes negative feedback of making you invest more on products.

Lastly, you will have to style your hair every day and this manipulation will do more harm than good to your tresses.

THE PLAIN TRUTH - HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WASH?

Hair should be washed twice a month, unless you sweat a lot or work out frequently don’t exceed three times a month, wig wearers are inclusive on this too.

Once your scalp is itchy or flaky, hair becomes dry or oily then you are due for a wash. Below are some factors that will help you know when your hair needs a wash.

  • Tangles are out of control
  • Your strands are dull and lacking luster
  • There are itchy or visible molds of product build-up
  • When your hair refuses to stay moisturized even after products use.

How to Check for Odor: rub your index against your scalp and take a sniff!


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