How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair?

Spoiler alert: It's not once a week.

As a rule, no matter your hair texture, your hair should be washed. It’s important to remove debris, impurities, excess product, or whatever else 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 tresses the same amount. So, how often should you wash your natural type 4 hair? We’ve got the answer below.

 

As you may already know, everyone’s scalp produces sebum. Sebum, which is a natural oil, has the ability to travel down your hair strands helping it stay conditioned and moisturised. On hair type 3 and 4, 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 number of times you are washing your hair.

Woman washing her natural afro hair in the shower.
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How often you should wash your hair to prevent having 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, like the TRESemmé Botanic Shampoo. Follow this up with a nourishing conditioner, like the TRESemmé Botanic Conditioner.

If you feel like your hair is in need of a refresh in-between hair washes, you can always incorporate cleansing conditioner like TRESemmé Botanic Co-Wash into your routine.

 

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