How often should you wash your hair? It's an age-old question for naturalistas and hair enthusiasts everywhere. After all, what natural hair diva does not want to relish the joys of healthy natural hair. However, it might shock you to learn that dermatologists and hair stylists alike agree that the frequency in which you wash hair should not occur too frequently.
When Should You Wash Your Hair Daily?
There are only a select few of you out there who might contemplate washing your hair every day. Reasons for daily washes include:
- Oily scalp
- Profuse sweating due to workouts or climate
- Dandruff or other scalp problems
- Daily exposure of your hair to swimming pools or the ocean
How Long Should I Go without Washing My Hair?
The period you should go without washing your hair may vary depending on your hair care practices, level of activity, climate and seasonality. Naturalistas can generally stretch the amount of time between washes because of their hair texture. Kinky, coily and curly hair is less prone to becoming excessively oily. Washing this hair type too frequently can leave hair feeling and looking dry.
Although there is no one, specific recommendation of frequency, you should aim for no more than once or twice a week. Winter months may dictate that you wash less frequently while summer may trigger an uptick in your hair cleansing ritual.
Keep in mind that if you elect to wear protective styles such as braids, twists, or extensions, you can get by without washing your hair for upwards of six to eight weeks. Keep in mind that you may still need to use natural remedies to clean your scalp during this time such as peppermint oil or tea tree oil to keep your pores open and free from bacteria or dirt. Some naturalistas may even opt for dry shampoos.