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The Quest for Perfect Hair and Styling Frequency

By January 27th, 202121 Comments

Sharron writes:

I am sitting at my desk and as is my usual MO, I am playing in my hair. I know, I know, HIH disease has got to stop! But, I digress; as I am playing in my hair I realize that I am also doing a lot of scratching of my scalp. After the 4th or 5th time I say to myself, “I should probably wash my hair soon…”

…then I glance to my left at the small mirror that I keep on my desk and can’t help but admire how awesome “Maximus” looks today, on DAY 7 of a twist-out (with some re-twisting at night every 3rd day)!

So, I ask you other curlies out there, in the quest for YOUR perfect hair, do you forgo washing/restyling to preserve that awesome twist out/braid out/bantu knot out/roller set? And how long do you make your style stretch before you can’t stand it any longer?


  • Anonymous says:

    Right now I just listen to my hair. It depends on the circumstance…the kind of products I'm using and how much, the condition of my scalp and the feel of my hair and scalp. I am searching for my holy grail twist out and wash n go products and it's taking much trial and error. I'm still working on my wash schedule…don't wanna strip those strands or over wash.


  • Anonymous says:

    Anonymous at 10:49, I definitely get "funky scalp" and flaking around day 3. I still don't wash until between days 5 and 7. My hair looks better a few days post wash but my scalp is a mess….what is a girl to do?!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Back when my hair was "R", I would use the OJON Revitalizing mist. It was muy expensive, but it smelled absolutely heavenly and tamed the frizziness of my "R" hair without flatironing.

    I haven't tried OJON on my natural hair.

    I'm a twice weekly shampooer. My hair is approx 4 inches long and I agree with Gorgeousgab at 8:28; my scalp would pimple up like land mines if I went longer than a week without cleansing!

  • Anonymous says:

    Right now I can only go a week between washings. My hair still looks decent after a week, but my scalp smells something awful! My scalp sweats a lot, from my daily workout, my tennis matches or just simply from night sweats. I have found something, however, that will lessen the smell between washings – lavender mist. I spray my scalp with it when I can't stand myself anymore and it really does work (until the next day when I sweat again). But even with the lavender, a week is my limit. Does anyone else get funky scalp or is it just me?

  • Anonymous says:

    i'm currently on day 6 of my twist out and i dont plan on washing my hair until sunday. its a little itchy but not bad and i find my hair looks bangin after day five or six. hopefully i wont have too many problems detangling. im keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is soooo me today!! I've been scratching it for the past 3 days but this Bantu Knot out looks more and more amazing as the curls loosen on this transitioning head of hair.

    Honestly, the less manipulation, the better so I say spread out the washes as long as your hair stays moisturized 🙂

  • naturallyu says:

    Why yes I most certainly do!!! Typically I get over a week with my rodsets and when they start looking old then I throw it into a bun or ponytail. If I am wearing mini twists they typically stay in for two weeks sometimes three. Hey I didn't twist four hours for nothing. : )

  • Anonymous says:

    No way! I have to wash at least once a week. I'm one of those girls with HIH and when my scalp starts getting itchy I scratch compulsively, to the point where I leave raw spots that scab up. Yes, sounds horrible. So as soon as my head starts getting itchy, or I find a patch on my scalp- I have to drop the style and wash. I stretch my cute styles for as long as I can until wash day (Usually Sunday). You can always redo the style, it ain't worth the damaged scalp for me

  • The Melanista says:

    Do I??? If my hair is bangin', I'll keep a style for up to two weeks. I can't stretch past two weeks, because my scalp get icky after so long.

  • Tasha says:

    The longest I can go is one month. I usually wear minitwists and they look better as they get older and unravel…I can only pull it off for about 4 weeks. I either pineapple at night for stretching or chunky twist at night for preserving the unraveled hair and because it takes about 5 hours to do my twists initially..I definitely make it last until my scalp can't take it.

  • Lilith_Eve says:

    I have done this! Earlier this month, I wore twists in my hair for about a week and then took them down and wore my hair as a twist out for another week. Now my hair looked great but my scalp was begging me for a cleanse.

    I actually couldn't wash because I had an acute case of gout and it was agony to stand, but my hair managed to look really nice until I was able to wash it.

    But if I want to avoid an itchy scalp and semi-awful detangling sessions (not so bad now that I have the Ouidad!) I can't go longer than a week.

  • lisa says:

    Maybe, you need a little coconut oil massaged in your scalp. It both cleanses and regulates your natural oils. I usually go two weeks before washing. My hair starts looking springier and fuller after a few days and I don't think my hair likes water as much as it likes oil and conditioner. It could be that my water is just hard but oil is my best friend. I put coconut oil in my scalp daily and rarely get itchy.

  • Anonymous says:

    So far I am on day nine of what I hope to be a 14 day style. I started with a shampoo, deep condtition, and wet two strand twist set. I pin the twists back, secure with a hair tie and wear for about a work week (5 days). On Friday, or Sat, I un-twist my hair and wear a twist out bun. Usually in the same formation as the twists were. Pinned and secured with a hair tie and pulled into a side bun. Then on Monday, I modify this style into what I like to call the "Roll, tiwist pin." Where I roll up the sides of my hair all the way around and pin in place. Almost like a 40s inspired look. I let it down at night and sleep on a pillow covered with a satin head wrap and apply oil when needed. I have been getting compliments since last Monday!!! Sorry that was so long!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm going through that phase right now. I wore mini twist for a little over a week and then took them out with the intention of washing my hair but had the BEST twistout ever!!!! I got five days out of that twist out w/out needing to retwist every night, I would just spritz and shake in the morning. Last night, I twisted my hair into junky twist and am wearing them in an updo that I've been getting complements about all day! So in all its been two weeks and I know it's definitely time for a wash but 1) now I'm debating on wearing this updo for a few days and 2) I've just been dreading the washing/detangling process.

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't go longer than a week without washing. Usually I'll make the most of my twists by washing my scalp after 5-7 days with the twists in, letting it air dry and then rocking the twist out for a few more days.

  • LaNeshe says:

    I will stretch the style until my hair is visibly dirty, or my scalp begins to itch for washing.

  • Anonymous says:

    MoonB that's my hair too! 1st day hair is a drag for me but by day 2 things are beginning to looking up so I can day 3 I can retwist on dry hair for a few days more umph hair!!! sweet_thing, my hair, likes lot's of moisture…lol

  • MoonB says:

    The longest I went without washing my hair was 2 weeks!! I just can't achieve nice 1st day hair, it taes me until day 3 for my hair to look awesome, feel way softer and moisturized♥
    In fact, I see wash days as a chore now that I hate because my hair looks so great before I wash it =(

  • Tonya says:

    Day 7?!!! That is pretty cool that you can go for that long with a cute style.

    I on the other hand can't. I wash my hair the minute it gets too anything…dry, hard, crazy etc. And in the winter that seems to be every 2-3 days. In the summer, I usually wash daily.

  • Breanna says:

    You know I find myself doing the same thing as well. Sometimes I will pat my head to keep from scratching it, you know like you did when you used to have perms so you wouldn't get burned afterwards. I know that at times I need to wash the hair, but in my mind if I could get another day or two from the style then that would be fine. So I will either pat or get a pen and have it, but still maintain a good looking…lol…

  • Anonymous says:

    The longest I can go without washing/cowashing and restyling is one week, no matter what. So, you are lucky that your style starts to look better and better between washes rather than less good as time goes by.
    Thanks for sharing!

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