How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair?

It's not as simple as "just once a week."

Generally speaking, no matter your hair texture, your hair should be cleansed as regularly as possible. 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 over time. 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 to wash natural hair?

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 the number of times you are washing your hair.

1. Natural

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. If you’re looking for the best co-wash for natural hair, try Love Beauty and Planet Purposeful Hydration Shea Butter & Sandalwood Gentle Cleansing Conditioner.

2. Straightened or Relaxed

Can you wash your hair after a perm or after relaxing? Yes, but you need to wait at least 48 to 72 hours before doing so to avoid undoing the perm and imparting damage onto freshly-processed strands (they’re especially vulnerable at this time!). 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 dry shampoo, as product can weigh down your hair over time and cause straight hair to look dull and lifeless.

3. Protective Styles

If you’re wondering how often to wash natural hair with braids, you should be prepared to wash your hair every 2 to 3 weeks. 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 TRESemmé Flawless Curls Shampoo and Conditioner.

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