We know that you’ve been on your natural hair journey and there are lots of questions regarding how often to wash natural hair.
We all know that it is recommended that black hair not be washed daily.
This is a result of our lovely curls and coils.
The curls of natural hair make it hard for sebum (oils produced in the scalp)to reach the ends of our strands.
This result in two things 1) your hair will not feel nor smell as dirty as your straight hair counterparts – YAY! And 2) your hair will be drier – Not so Yay.
The dryness or brittle feel that often accompanies natural hair is due to the moisture not reaching the ends of the strands.
This is why moisturizing is so important for curly hair textures.
Shampooing natural hair removes sebum, the more often you wash it the less time sebum has to traverse the strands.
This means that your hair will be drier.
Shampooing will also strip the moisturizers that you have added to your hair.
Hence, the recommendation is generally to wash natural hair about once a week. For more detailed information see our article: ‘How Often should I wash Natural hair’.
That being said we recognize that some ladies have to wash their hair more than once a week.
This may be due to active lifestyles, climate or perhaps you sweat heavily in your head but for whatever the reason your scalp and hair gets dirty and you simply have to wash your hair.
So for curly girls that have to wash every three days, how do you protect your curls from drying out? (These tips will also work for girls who have excessively dry hair textures).
The important thing is to use cleansers/ shampoos that are gentle on the hair. Therefore in order to retain the moisture it is critical to look at the ingredients in your shampoo.
Try to avoid sulfates. Sulfates have a drying effect on hair and scalp. This is bad especially if your hair is already dry. Sulfate is also known to promote build up when not rinsed out of the hair properly.
This means that using a sulfate shampoo will increase the probability of your hair becoming dry and brittle. Brittleness in turn increases the likelihood of breaks and split ends.
If you have to wash to curly hair often it is also best to use cleanser/shampoo that is rich in natural moisturizers. Natural moisturizers are more easily absorbed into the hair. This makes it easier for them to replenish hair and reduces the drying effect of shampoo.
For curly haired naturals who have to wash a lot including castor oil is a good option. Castor oil is high in omega 6 fatty acids which promote circulation and hair growth. This oil is also deeply penetrating which helps to reduce split ends.
It also naturally conditions hair, therefore making hair less brittle and dry. Castor oil is high in vitamin E which makes it great for retaining sheen. In addition to this Castor oil has antifungal property.
Another good ingredient to include is Aloe Juice. Aloe Vera is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that are excellent for promoting moisture and sheen in hair.
Aloe Vera is a natural conditioner and is known to restore balance to the hair thereby reducing scalp conditions such as dandruff.
Obviously these would be great for your hair especially if you have to wash a lot and even if you don’t – who can resist those properties?
We dug around a little for a good shampoo to use in natural hair.
At the top of our list is Jamaican Black Caster Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo by Shea Moisture. This shampoo contains castor oil, shea butter, and aloe juice.
In addition to all that goodness, there are no sulfates in this product.
Reviews on the product have been wonderful with most curly hair girls giving rave ratings. It seems to be a hit across hair textures.
Most reviewers find that using the shampoo leaves their hair feeling very moisturized as well as clean.
We hope this article helps you in to decide on how often to wash your hair and give you some good tips on how to choose the best product for your natural hair.
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