How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair?

Spoiler alert: It's not once a week

As a rule, no matter your hair texture, you hair should be cleansed. It’s important 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. 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.

As you may already know, natural hair is naturally dry. Everyone’s 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, due to the curly state of the hair strand, sebum has difficulty working its way down the curl. Now, this is where you come in. Take into consideration is the amount of times you are washing your hair.

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. 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 Love Beauty and Planet Purposeful Hydration Shea Butter & Sandalwood Gentle 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.

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