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Natural Hair- Washing Schedule

By January 27th, 202151 Comments

ShamiGreen writes:

Natural Hair- Washing Schedule
If you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking about your holiday hair plans. In light of CurlyNikki’s STUPENDOUS 4 week curls, I’m dying to know: do you wash your hair as needed? Or do you have a hair wash schedule? I generally wash my hair when it looks or feels dirty; which tends to be every 10-14 days. Following my regular routine would put hair washing day somewhere between December 23-27, but I hate the idea of subjecting my family to my 4 hour hair session this weekend, considering that I’ll be sharing a bathroom. I doubt I’ll be able to stretch my current set for another 5 days, so I’ll be washing, conditioning & restyling my NON-DIRTY hair.

What about you? How often do you wash? Do you think it plays a role in length retention?


  • Anonymous says:

    i wash my hair evry 10 days
    i use oil to keep it from smelling

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash as needed or when my hair starts to look dry

  • Kubasian says:

    I wash my hair twice a week. I tried to do it once a week but I just can't do it. My hair needs shampoo twice a week.

  • kitty says:

    As needed. Which is about once a week. 🙂 My hair doesn't need too much during the week so, I like to keep it simple.

  • Dry to the Bone says:

    Whaaaaaaw!! I just came from the doctors off and she says that my skin has gottens so haywire due to excessive dryness (though think it partly due to stress and all my family and friends telling me to stop using oils because that causing my irritation which I was certain wasn't but tested it to make sure cover all options). I will have to three medications, and one I have to put all over my skin (4 times a day!) and shampoo a lot less often especially the eczema on my neck has spread and its winter. What makes it worse is that I only wash once a week.

    Can any one tell me what is a good low irritating conditioner for co-washing? I might have to resort to co-washing every other week but I never co-wash before)

  • Anonymous says:

    Please note that I don't DT on Wednesdays when I co-wash, but on the "off-Saturdays" that I co-wash I do a DT. I find my hair loves the moisturizing benefits of a DT every week.



  • Anonymous says:

    First Saturdays I pre-poo with Vatika oil, clarify with Elucence clarifying shampoo, henna with BAQ Jamila and DT with Pantene hair mask w/ EVOO and honey . Third Saturdays I pre-poo, gentle cleanse with Elucence moisture benefits shampoo and DT. On Wednesdays and the off Saturdays I pre-condition with Kalpi Tone by Hesh and co-wash with a cheapy conditioner like VO5 moisture milks or Tresemme moisture conditioners. So it boils down to actually cleansing with shampoo twice per month this time of year.


  • The Melanista says:

    I used to wash weekly before I hit my one year mark, but now I wash less. I can stretch a style(s) to up to 10-12 days before I wash again. When my scalp feels like it needs a cleansing then I wash as needed. It all depends on the feel/look of my hair. I'll never go beyond 2 weeks max.

  • BekkaPoo says:

    Definitely "as needed" or rather "as time allows".. sometimes I'll wash 3 times in a week, other times I'll go a week or two between washings.

  • KCAS says:

    I wash once a week, unless it is too hot (I live in Brazil) or I do some exercise, so I co-wash once more. When I became natural, I used to wash (with poo) each other day. Then, after months of that crazy schedule I started to wash twice a week and finally once a week. I do feel my hair retention has increased a lot after the new washing schedule. Huge difference!! However, taking more than 7 days to wash makes my hair breaks a lot and it takes more time to detangle.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash every 5-10 days as determined by my schedule. I use a gentle homemade soap based shampoo to cleanse my scalp, squeeze the lather down the length, then co-wash the length to make sure its clean. I always follow with a dc, vinegar rinse, then moisturize and seal. My hair doesn't grow well from a dirty scalp and I start getting buildup after 10 days. I NEED the acv rinse because I have hard water and my hair will be a hard crunchy mess without it. After this my hair stays moisturized for 3-5 days with no product.

  • Anonymous says:

    @ Breanna – second one. How beautiful!

    for me I have settled on washing once every 6 – 8 days. I alternate between cowashes or shampoo 1x followed by a cowash. Can't stand not to cleanse after 8 days. My sis is going 14. Lucky girl~ swoodward!

  • Anonymous says:

    Lori Ann-I'm feeling you. I don't want to wet my hair so much, but i need to be able to bun it. My hair is much longer than a twa, but i don't feel that a bun would be cute at this point. So, I'm stuck in the rut of co-washing at least every 3 days.

  • rojosonji says:

    I recently 3/4 chopped and love the WnG. Currently, I (co)wash virtually everyday that I step foot out of the house and shampoo my hair only when I begin feeling product buildup.

  • LBell says:

    For the last couple of months I've been on a schedule: Shampoo and DC every Sunday morning. During the week I'll rinse or spritz, and maybe I'll throw in a co-wash if I feel like it.

    I absolutely do not believe that the number or frequency of washes has anything to do with length retention.

  • luvmyboys says:

    I wash every 7-10 days. If I go more than two weeks I get itchy scalp and A LOT of shedding. @ikinkup to help with the dullness of your hair try melting raw shea butter and adding some of your favorite oils(Vit E Olive Oil Jojoba). Try applying on wet hair before styling. Gives you great shine and I don't have to oil my scalp or hair for 3 days or more.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash every 5 – 7 days with Shea Moisture shampoos. Even if I have mini braids or twists in I still wash with them in or else my scalp will start to itch. Washing helps me keep them in longer and gives me a fresh head to moisturize and seal.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash every week if i have time which 9 times out of 10 i do (= if i wait longer than 7 days my scalp starts to itch and my hair feels gross… i think i've trained it to be ready for a wash every week

  • Anonymous says:

    I shampoo the 1st of each month, DC on Wednesdays, and co wash on Saturdays. I co wash every other day in the summer. I have a caesar.

  • LoveZaporiah says:

    I wash my hair with shampoo every four to six weeks. I co-wash approximatively twice a week. I normally only leave a bit of conditioner in my hair rather than using a bunch of products so I don't get product build-up unless I stray from my normal path and use gel or something else.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash with shampoo every 5-7 days. I can't go longer than that because my scalp would act up. I do not co-wash.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am stuck between the first and second pic. I also like big hair though. But the second one would be fierce! Especially when paired with the right earrings and maybe some type of barrette.

  • AusetAbena says:

    I am now shampooing only once every six to eight weeks (you read correctly) because even mild detergents lead to very dry hair for me. With my lessened shampooing, I have chunked all cone conditioners, and use light products as much as possible, meaning mainly conditioners and oils. I am no longer using butters as much either. So my Giovanni will be getting even less usage.

  • Anonymous says:

    I always wash my hair every Sunday. During the summer months I also wash on Wednesday because I live in a very humid area.

  • Breanna says:

    I wash my hair just twice out of the month, unless I feel that I need to do some deep conditioning or protein treatment then its 4 times a month. Normally I'm in the shower for 2hrs washing,detangling,and retwisitng hair. Put I plan on doing my hair this Friday and wanted to try out a different hairstyle. So ladies which one do you think I should try, I came across these and want to see if I can get my hair to do this style. So just view those links and let me know what you ladies think I should try.

  • Anonymous says:

    I started out doing a wash and DT weekly. I found that I liked my hair better toward the end of the week and hated to wash it when I was finally starting to like it. So, I changed to bi-weekly co-washes with a DT as needed. I moisturize and seal nightly. I baggy at least twice weekly. This process keeps my hair moisturized between co-washes. I use shampoo only when I plan a henna treatment to make sure the henna adheres to the hair. I haven't had any problems and I am retaining length.

  • Anonymous says:

    Old fashion curly head, wash mine at the kitchen sink (I feel water-logged washing it in the shower). During warm weather once a week, winter time it may go as long as 3 weeks unless my scalp is begging for attention or I can't stand to touch my hair. I mix Vatika, olive oil and HH Hello Hydration or GF Triple Nutrition to pre-detangle then throw on a baggie for about an hour before I wash my hair.

  • Bitty Boss says:

    I co-wash every other day to every 3 days. I wash once a week. It keeps my scalp clean and breathing which I think is vital to HEALTHY growth.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash when it feels yucky from product build up or itchy. I often dry twist after the first initial twist out, and my hair is short( chin length when stretched) I use a water bottle and cream and go at it, or I wear twist a week then rock the twist out the next week. I made it 2 1/2 weeks once. I think when my hair is long enough to throw in a bun I may make it longer, before attack of the frizzies .

  • Cheryl says:

    I co-wash and DC once a week so far this winter. In the summer I co-wash everyday because I wear WNGs. In the summer I DC once a week or when my hair is crazy and needs some extra TLC. I clarify if my hair has a buildup. I have switched to no cones; cone free for 5 weeks now and my hair is loving it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Because this holiday season was crazier than ever, may hair has not seen water or shampoo in 3 weeks. I normally shampoo every other weekend with co-washing in between. It's definitely time for some TLC.

  • Anonymous says:

    I like to co-wash and DT every 4-5 days, DC weekly; with my WNG, any longer and there are too many tangles because my hair is very curly. Shampoo is only when I henna, or I feel extra buildup. I use a dilute ACV rinse if needed when I cowash. This schedule seems to work regardless of the weather. I'm still not long enough for a bun but getting very close. My hair is growing and there is no breakage, just normal shedding.

  • Lori Ann says:

    I definitely wash as needed, especially when I get a twist out that looks too good to wash 3 weeks in. I will however, check for tangles and knots daily – a fly twist out is not worth losing length nor risking the health of my hair.

  • iri9109 says:

    if i actually styled my hair or could put it in a bun as opposed to a WnG i would probably wash my hair 1x every 10-14 days…i tried to reduce the amount i wash b/c it got colder, but now i feel like if i go more than 3 days without cowashing, im asking for trouble…i usually wash/dc on the weekend and then around wednesday i cowash…when my hair gets longer i'll probably go more longer w/o washing or cowashing

  • kitka82 says:

    I started out washing once a week religiously. Now I shampoo 1) whenever my scalp feels gooky, 2) whenever I feel the need to DC or 3) before putting into a protective style. I co-wash at least twice a week. Less is more when it comes to my hair. I'm sure it plays a part in length retention. You want your scalp to be free of buildup. Plus the massaging stimulates your circulation, which is good for growth.

  • c. janae says:

    During the school year I wash, moisturize, and DC as needed because I don't have as much time to dedicate to it. When I'm on break I co-wash weekly, shampoo bi-weekly, and DC bi-weekly.

  • Anonymous says:

    @MoonB, you're not the only one who hates 1st day hair…well it sometimes depends on the style.

    My routine – wash every 2 weeks; however this time around I went 3 weeks [pure laziness]. I tried the co-wash 1 week and shampoo the next week; my hair wasn't going for it, so went back to the 2 week routine and yes I'm a cone-head…my hair doesn't like the no-cone's too much.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash every 4 to 7 days. Looks like I have found a way to make my two strand twist/twist out last for 14 days! I am looking forward to one day washing my hair every 14 – 21 days. I know that sounds like a long time, but its take a long time to do my hair – mite as well make it last.

  • MoonB says:

    At first when I was transitioning/and BC'd, I was determined to co-wash once a week, following up with a regular shampoo and dc wash 3 days later.The last time I washed my hair was well over a week ago.I just love the way my hair looks right now!! In fact, I guess I'am one of the few who hates 1st day hair and can't for my curls to expand more as the days go by! My hair doesn't smell or feel dirty, I have no dandruff, ,it feels extremely moisturized and soft ( I only re moisturized my hair 3x since I washed it last week!!
    Maybe when its summer time I'll go back to washing it more, but yeah….as of now..its too cold to be walking around with damp hair not to mention its pretty damn thick for only being 4-5inches long =/

  • Anonymous says:

    like Terra, I also go around 3 weeks between washings. My hair stays dry, winter and summer so I wash on an as needed basis.

  • Terra D says:

    In the winter I go about 2-3 weeks when I can. My hair is much dryer and the products I use are more moisturizing, but don't leave as much buildup. When I do wash I do a good scalp scrub with my shampoo brush, both before and while shampooing. Summertime washing is every 6-7 days. I think it helps with length retention to have a clean, healthy scalp and moisturized hair. Whatever that means for each of us, can work. As long as your scalp is clean, your hair can grow freely. Too much washing can pull too much moisture from the strands, which will lead to breakage.

    Just my 2cents 🙂

  • bride91501 says:

    I'm [pretty religious with my regimen 🙂 I co-wash my hair 2-3x week. The first wash is pre-set, cuz it's also my DC day (Sunday or Monday); the others I do when I feel like my hair needs it.

    Co-washing my hair definitely helps me to retain moisture, and my hair LOVES water.

  • IKinkUp says:

    I seriously need help because I wash waaay to often.I wash daily because I'm having problems achieving 2nd day hair or its not as shiny as I like so I wet it. Now I don't typically use conditioner, but i am putting water on my hair pretty much daily. I have been experimenting with mini twists which are the only style that give me consistent 5 day or more hair. But it takes me a long time to do them and I'm not sure if 7 day hair is worth the 5+ hours it takes me to achieve this style. Any suggestions?

  • Julissa says:

    What I've been doing is washing every week or every five day, it all depends how itchy or dirty my hair and scalp feels, normally after the third day I start feeling itchy, but I try to stretch it to at least 5 days.
    I finger detangle the day before my wash & DC, that way I don't spend too much time in the bathroom or in one session. My detangling takes me at least 1 1/2 hours and washing & DC takes me around the same amount of time. During the summer I wash more often.

  • Anonymous says:

    I shampoo or co-wash as needed (according to buildup, especially around the hairline) but I usually don't go longer than 2 or 3 weeks. The main thing I've realized is that I shouldn't procrastinate too long between detangling sessions which I only do on wet hair. Even when I feel like I'm losing a lot of hair when I detangle, my hair has grown pretty long and I think it's due to being gentle, few washings and low manipulation. ~KF519

  • Devonee says:

    I wash and DC every Friday or Saturday and put my hair tst.

  • Anonymous says:

    I shampoo wonce a month and cowash everyday. I have a TWA.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    I'm liking the fewer washes. To prevent build-up I only apply a little product every time I re-twist and I try to keep the re-twisting down to once or twice a week, rocking buns in between. This is how I achieved 4 week curls with minimal build-up and flakes.

  • Evie says:

    I wash once a week during the winter months and during the summer I co-wash once during the week and wash once on the weekends. During the summer I work out a lot more and use more styling products so my hair gets that product build up feel quicker, plus with the heat and humidity it just feel nice to co wash.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash when my hair feels grody and has buildup, which is usually every 4-5 days. I'm talking shampoo not conditioner washing.

  • G Jones says:

    I wash mine on a schedule. Wednesday co-wash and Saturday I DC with my mix I made. Now that I am about to BC on Saturday I am going to wash my hair on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday after I cut it. I like a schedule because it has let me try a few products without my hair looking crazy since I wash it often.

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