Ahhh when strangers ask the age old question “how often do you wash your hair?” The usual reaction goes something like this as I gather myself, breathe in deep and say……
Me: Once a mon……
Stranger: WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR JOKING ONCE A MONTH!!!
Stranger: sound of crickets
Me: Yes once a month
Stranger: How is that possible? Isn’t your hair dirty?
Me: Well everyone is different and those differences do not fall short of hair. Depending on the individual hair responds positively to certain methods more than others. If you are really interested I can tell you why and how?
Stranger: (with a look of disdain): Uhhh that’s ok I was just curious in how often.
For me this is how typical reactions go when asked often do I wash my hair but I know I am not alone I am sure there are others who find this method works for them as well. Washing my hair once a month is a method that works for me and is in no way a sign of neglect towards my strands, after all the proof is in the pudding. To reach this point of my regimen took me years to discover and going over 4 years strong my hair is flourishing like never before. Now this method definitely will not cater to everyone, there are many factors in why this not only works for me but is beneficial as well. For those who are interested and not judgmental, lol here are the factors in: “How I can wash my hair once a month”
Normal Porosity levels: Normal porosity hair is when the cuticle is compact and permits moisture to pass through the shaft into the cortex as necessary but does not allow too much moisture to penetrate the cortex. Now since my strands are of normal porosity levels my hair is not prone to constant dryness which would indicate high porosity levels or susceptible to constant product build up which would indicate low porosity levels. Please refer to my article “Maintaining High Porosity Strands” http://urbanbushbabes.com/?p=2577 (click link) for more info on Porosity levels
Updo Protective styles: Not only do I wear my hair in a protective style but up as well which provides me double the protection against the elements. Wearing my hair free fall because of its length would just be a catcher’s mitt for more dirt, dust and lint. Also unless wearing a silk or nylon shirt every day my curly afro textured stands are susceptible for moisture loss from materials of most clothing. Updo styles ensure the moisture stays on my strands and not on my shirt which leads to less product use. As stated previously my hair is of normal porosity but the strands are still prone to bouts of dryness so keeping my hair up tackles keeping moisture in.
Bedtime Scarf: Not only do I sleep on a silk pillow but I silk scarf my hair at night. Wearing a scarf at night enables my strands to stay moisturized longer because when you sleep scarf free (which is not a bad if you have a silk or satin pillow case) your strands are still exposed to air and air evaporates water and oils. Yes the oils you place in your strands can evaporate. Oils just evaporate at much slower levels than water. Sleeping with a scarf especially those with super curly afro textures is critical in maintaining moisturized strands. Unless you have low porosity levels you will notice a huge difference in wearing a scarf during sleeping hours. Refer to article “Maintaining High Porosity Strands” http://urbanbushbabes.com/?p=2577 (click link) mentioned previously to help you determine your porosity level.
Minimal Product usage: Minimal Product usage is something I had to become accustomed to, after years of something I like to call a “recovered HPUJ” (heavy product usage junkie). Once I learned the porosity levels of my strands I realized the amount of product usage did matter and I had to wean myself off slowly of using too much! Using less products in my hair keeps build up at bay and buildup contributes to matting, tangles, dryness and cleanliness of your strands.
Stretched Styles: Keeping my hair naturally stretched via my 80% dry braiding method after my washing process and weekly dry knot stretching method enables my strands to stay stretched longer in between washing sessions, which leads to less tangles, therefore easier detangling throughout the weeks. Also the curlier the hair the harder your sebaceous glands (from your scalp) has in depositing your natural oils called sebum along your strands and this difficulty leads us more prone to dryness and dryness leads to more product usage and more usage can lead to heavy product buildup. When my hair was shorter I did not use my stretching method as often because I had less problems with tangling and dryness. When your hair is shorter you have more advantages because the hair is still young unlike long hair which is old. The sebum has less of a journey to travel when shorter lengths are involved therefore can stay more moisturized than longer lengths.
Hopefully this will help some individuals understand how this method works for me and if not oh well, lol.
*Also constant but simple hair care practices in between my washing sessions is needed, post coming soon on my weekly hair regimen and natural dry stretching techniques.