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Cleansing our natural hair is one of the most important regimens we do for our tresses. For obvious reasons we need to cleanse our hair to remove pollutants, dirt, product build-up and in some instances smoke and odors. It’s a part of good hygiene but ask any natural and she will tell you it’s the best way to maintain healthy, happy hair. Most of us need structure in our lives so we have a routine or a schedule we follow on how often to wash our hair but do we need that schedule in the colder months?
For that reason and others many are asking, “How often should I wash my hair now that it’s cold outside?”
Colder months are drier months and we don’t want that dryness transferring to our hair. That’s why many naturals start using glycerin and/or thicker, richer conditioners to help combat the dry and cold weather. Your hair shouldn’t be any dirtier than in warmer months and actually some climates get a small reprieve from the hot sticky weather. With the break of heat you get a break from sweating from the weather. You may find you need to wash less for that very reason so don’t feel you have to stick to your regular routine from the summer. Let your hair dictate when to wash it. If you find you can go longer than your normal routine then go longer.
Use sulfate-free shampoos and make sure to deep condition every time you cleanse your hair. Use a humidifier to combat the dryness you have indoors as we shield ourselves from the cold with our heaters. Basically, keeping your hair moisturized is your biggest concern during the colder months.
How often you wash your hair is not as important as HOW
you wash your hair or what you use so don’t sweat over a schedule. If you don’t want your hair wet as often then wash less as long as you are making sure to still cleanse your hair because dirty hair does NOT
make your hair grow. You can cut down on the co-washing or wearing the wash and go if you like but remember we have those wonderful satin-lined hats and satin bonnets to wear under our hats. They make wash and go’s much easier to tolerate when it’s cold outside.
A Wash and Go Natural Year Round
The bottom line is to wash your hair when it needs to be washed. Don’t feel you have to go longer between washes because it’s cold outside and don’t feel you HAVE to stick to the same washing schedule year round. Let your scalp and hair dictate when to wash and remember we should always be listening to our hair as it gives us cues on what it needs.
Take care Naturals,
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