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5 Signs your Natural Hair needs Washing.

You’re sitting there wondering when you should wash your hair or how can you tell that it’s about time you washed your hair?

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Wash day steps; How to Properly wash and condition Type 4 Hair

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How to know your hair needs washing

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A clean scalp is essential for growth of healthy hair. Healthy hair starts with a clean & healthy scalp. Dirt and product clogs the hair follicles & pores that produces sebum which moisturizes the scalp.

Washing/ Cleansing is an important part of your hair care routine so as you create your hair care routine consider how often you should cleanse your hair and scalp. You can do it weekly after two weeks or monthly whichever works for your hair and lifestyle.

Also read: My 4C Natural Hair Wash day Routine.

Top 5 Signs It’s Time to Wash Your Hair

Scalp/ Scalp Irritation.

If your scalp is healthy and you haven’t used products with ingredients you’re allergic to but you are experiencing scalp irritation, that could be a sign your scalp needs to breath so give it the TLC it deserves.

Most times we forget the scalp is an extension of our skin & it needs cleansing and moisturizing.

Flakes/ Dandruff.

It all starts with an itchy scalp and then when you start scratching you notice those annoying white stuff & we all can agree they ain’t appealing. These are as a result of build up from products, dirt and dust. As long as the flaking isn’t caused by two products reacting to form flakes, it’s time to wash your scalp.

Products don’t work anymore/ not as effective.

Ever applied your leave-in but your hair doesn’t seem to get moisturized? Well, that’s your hair screaming enough with the products sis, about time we had a wash here and start over with the product application.

Also read: How to use leave-in Conditioners on Type 4 Natural Hair.

It’s a wash day according to your routine.

I know we all are guilty of skipping wash days for different reasons. My personal reason is always, ” I’m not feeling like it,  it’s a lot of work lol.” We keep moving regardless.

Related posts: Wash day routine.

Dirt & Product build up.

Dirt, dust and product build up clog the hair follicles and pores causing scalp irritation. You can tell you’ve product build up if the products are not as effective and if your hair and scalp feel greasy.

Hair loses curl pattern/ texture feels off.

Personally, when my hair is due for washing, it feels so stiff with no movement. I shared a video of that on my Facebook page. You’ll always notice your hair losing the defined curls, isn’t bouncy anymore and it doesn’t look as lush.

Another sign is your hair starts to tangle, especially when you’re wearing it out. If you have been co-washing without deep cleansing, you should also consider shampooing to get rid of all the build up.

Also read; 14 Best shampoos for 4C Natural Hair.

How do I tell that My Hair Needs Washing?

  • Itchy scalp and dandruff
  • My hair texture feels off and hair loses its curl pattern.
  • It has been two weeks since my last wash day

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How do you tell your hair is due for wash day?

Valerie Kinoti

Valerie Kinoti has loved all things hair since she was 8 and always dreamt of having long hair. Decades later she is living the long hair dream and sharing all tips, tricks she has learned over the years.

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