How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair?

Alyssa François | 30 January 2018

Spoiler alert: It’s not once a week

As a rule, no matter your hair texture, you hair should be cleansed to remove debris, impurities, excess product, or whatever else that happens to fall onto your hair strands causing it to become dirty overtime. Healthy looking hair starts with your wash routine. However, not all hair types should be washing their strands the same amount of times per month. Some hair types can become dry due to excessive hair washing like natural hair. So, how often should you wash natural hair? We’ve got the answer below.

How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair

As you may already know, natural hair is well, naturally dry. If you didn’t already know this, let us give you a simple explanation as to why. Everyones scalp is made up of sebum. Sebum, which is a natural oil, has the ability to travel down your hair strands helping it to stay conditioned and moisturized. On natural hair types however, due to the curly state of the hair strand, sebum has difficulty working its way down the curl the way it would on a straight hair type. Now, this is where you come in. You have to do certain things to your hair to be sure your hair doesn’t dry out. One thing to take into consideration is the amount of times you are washing your hair.

Now let’s explain how often you should wash natural hair to prevent having dry and brittle hair. You should only be washing your natural hair once every two weeks. Yes, once every two weeks unless you feel your hair is in desperate need of a wash due to a buildup of hair product or coming in contact with anything that will make your hair dirty. If this is the case, it’s better to wash your hair with a shampoo that provides a gentle cleanse, or better yet, a cleansing conditioner like ApotheCARE Essentials The Replenisher Cleansing Conditioner.

APOTHECARE ESSENTIALS THE REPLENISHER CLEANSING CONDITIONER

If you feel like your hair is in need of a refresh in between hair washes, you can always incorporate a dry shampoo like Dove Refresh and Care Unscented Dry Shampoo into your routine. Women that wear their hair straight may find that they need a dry shampoo as product can weigh down your hair overtime and cause your straight hairstyles to look dull and lifeless.

DOVE UNSCENTED DRY SHAMPOO
how often should you wash natural hair
Focus on your scalp.

During your hair wash routine, your focus should be on your scalp. If you have super dry natural hair and a dry scalp, opt for using a moisturizing wash and care system. One of our go-to systems is the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COCONUT MILK INFUSION DEEP MOISTURE SHAMPOO
SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COCONUT MILK INFUSION DEEP MOISTURE CONDITIONER

Need help figuring out the rest of your hair care routine? Here’s how to build a natural hair routine

Read more