How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair?

How often should you wash natural hair?

How Often Should You Wash Natural Hair?

I want to say that there is no one size fits all.  How often you wash your hair natural hair will be dependent on your lifestyle and what your daily routine consist of.  What we do know is that your hair should be kept clean so that it can grow long, strong and healthy.  The key is not to overwash and dry the hair out.  Overwashing almost always leads to dry, crispy, fragile hair.  So, how often should you wash your natural hair?  Let’s look at the different factors that determine how often it should be done.

How Often To Wash 4 Type Natural Hair

4 type hair is more kinky and curly than other hair types.  Which means that it is usually more dry too.  This is because the hair is more coily and it takes a bit more work to keep the hair soft and moisturized so you don’t want to overdue it with constantly washing your hair.  On average for 4 type hair (4a, 4b and 4c )the most your hair should be washed is about once per week.  I personally wash myself and Butta Babee’s hair about once every two weeks and that works for us.  If you are a person who works out then you may have to cleanse or co-wash more often.

What Is Co-Washing?

Co-washing is when you are only washing your hair with conditioner.  This really helps to keep moisture in the hair without stripping the hair of all its natural oils.  One bonus to co-washing is that the conditioner also cleanses the hair and scalp because it also contains cleansing agents.

How Often To Wash 3 Type Hair

As I have mentioned earlier in the article each hair type is different and will require different methods and schedules of washing the hair.  As for 3 type hair (3a, 3b and 3c) the texture and curls are looser than someone who has 4 type hair.  If you have 3 type hair you can get away with washing your hair 1-2 times per week.  This hair texture is able to hold moisture and oils much better than someone who has a kinkier and curlier texture.  With that said washing this type of hair up to twice per week isn’t so risky.

How Does Your Hair Respond And Feel After Washing?

Another important thing to pay attention to is to watch how your hair responds after it has been washed. If it feels dry and crunchy this maybe a sign that you should slow down on washing your hair and you may even need to use products that are sulfate free and less drying.  There is no right or wrong answer as to how often you should wash your natural hair.  After all no one knows your hair better than you do, so it is all about you learning and getting to know your hair. 

Keep Your Daily Routine In Mind

Your daily routine will determine how often you should wash your natural hair.  Working out, the types of products and how much product you use will all be determining factors in how often you will wash your hair.  If your hair has an excessive amount of product build up, washing your hair once per week maybe a better option for you.  Working out causes sweat and dirt to build up on the scalp so washing maybe required more often.  For someone who lives a simple lifestyle with no additional activity, at most once per week will suffice.