Natural hair journeys are specific to each individual that embarks on one. Every curly girl has her own tips for hair growth that she swears by – this even applies to wash day.
I know some naturalistas that wash once a week, twice a month, or even once a month (although THAT I don’t recommend). Well what does this have to do with anything?
Are you familiar with Naptural85? You know, natural hair guru, vlogger, and ultimate hair goals? She grew her hair out from a big chop to long, flourishing tresses in a matter of years (with a few bumps along the way, just like the rest of us).
The difference between curly and straight hair is that women with straight hair tend to wash more frequently, like maybe once every day or every other day. And it seems like their hair grows faster than our kinkier locks. Why is that? There are a few reasons:
Extra stimulation – It’s acknowledged that the more you stimulate your scalp, the easier it is for hair to grow. That’s why many bloggers and gurus recommend scalp massages. But, who needs that extra step if you’re massaging your scalp more frequently.
More Moisture – Moisture is one of the key ingredients to growing long, healthy hair. By waiting longer periods of time without washing, our hair will of course dry out and begin to frizz. Dry hair can lead to damaged ends, breakage, and other problems that affect length retention.
Less Product Build Up – You know that gross, sticky feeling that your hair can get if its been left too long? This is definitely less of a problem when you wash more frequently, because you can remove these oils.
Washing more frequently also doesn’t mean pulling out shampoo every other day; you can simply use a co-wash (cleansing conditioner). So how do we follow this ‘wash more often’ theory? It’s pretty simple actually.
- Wash hair every three days – again, you can use a cowash to remove product buildup. And if your hair feels okay, you can just rinse with plain water in the shower before conditioning.
- Follow up LOC method – The Liquid, Oil, Cream method is one of the best ways to maintain and seal moisture in natural hair. You don’t want to wash your hair then lose the rest of that moisture.
- Low Maintenance Styles – Naptural85 will be doing twists and twist outs to preserve her hair. Styles like these are better than your basic wash n go, because your ends won’t have the opportunity to curl into each other and create those pesky single strand knots.