I mean you would rather hit yourself on the head in public just because you don’t want to mess up your weave? This is a really big pet peeve for me by the way, and I think it’s just plain weird. I once had a lady advised me to “pat” myself on the head whenever my scalp starts to feel itchy. I smiled, nodded and washed my hair that same weekend! I’ll rather have a “messed up” hairstyle that is clean than to embarrass myself in public by itching or hitting my head!
So, how often should a person wash their natural hair?
I think however often the scalp feels like it needs to be washed, i.e when it starts to get itchy, flaky and stinky. Particularly when you have dirt build up in your fingers when you itch your scalp. Please note that flakiness on the scalp might be due to dandruff or dry scalp which can be tackled with an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse. I personally wash my hair with shampoo about once or twice a month. However, in between these wash days, I might do a co-wash where I will use a moisturizing conditioner (e.g. Tresemme Naturals) to wash my hair.
Personally, I recommend washing your hair at least once a month, making sure to follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioning (e.g. Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner). Even if your hair will be covered under a weave for a month, your scalp will still need to be cleansed. Especially if you sweat easily and/or grease your scalp often. If don’t use a lot of products, the natural oils on your scalp will build up and harden over time, which can clog the follicles and stunt hair growth.
Simply washing your hair once every 30 days isn’t enough. To promote moisture and a healthy hair growth, you will have to wash it in between shampoo washes. You could do this by using a wash out conditioner to co-wash your hair every week, every 10 days or every two weeks.
This helps to hydrate the hair, remove product build-up and gently cleanse the hair without completely stripping away all the goodies in your hair.
In case you’re wondering how to create a hair wash regimen, let me share a sample monthly regimen with you.
Week 1: Shampoo Wash
Moisturizing shampoos such as Trader Joes Shampoo line are the best. You can decide to use sulphate or non-sulphate shampoos.
Week 2: Co-Wash
Use a cheapie rinse out conditioner (Make sure it’s free of Dimethicone or other “cones”. Cones acts as a film that seats on the hair, making it more difficult for your leave-in conditioner to penetrate into your hair.
Related: Five co-wash conditioners under $5
Week 3: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse
If you are light handed on products, simply rinsing your hair with diluted (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water) ACV will remove build up, cut grease and kill bacteria on the scalp. If you’re like me, you probably want to do a follow up with a co-wash to remove the smell of vinegar and restore moisture to your hair.
Week 4: Clay Wash
This is when you use bentonite clay to cleanse your hair to remove toxins and other impurities in the hair. Bentonite acts like a shampoo, except it’s all natural. Bentonite clay has also been known to help improve the overall texture of the hair, just be sure to follow with a deep conditioning treatment.
For more information about other products you can use to wash your hair in between shampoo washes, please read this post, 10 Ways To Cleanse Your Natural Hair.
To conclude, healthy hair starts with clean hair, and so instead of postponing your hair washes, it’s best to spend a few minutes washing your hair to relive of any discomfort such as itchiness, flakiness or strong odour. Also, a clean scalp will be free to produce clean hair,
How often do you wash your natural hair? What does your monthly regimen look like? Which products do you use aside from shampoos?