How Long Should You Wait Between Washes?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012

Celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright feels a certain way about women only washing their hair every other week. “I don’t like when someone goes two weeks without putting water on her hair,” Wright told Essence magazine, suggesting a weekly wash instead. Wright, who is hairstylist to Michelle Obama and artistic style director at SoftSheen-Carson, is definitely a connoisseur of tresses. But have most of us really managed to avoid this pet peeve of his?

I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of the biweekly hair wash. All throughout high school and some of college I had a perm, and my hair rarely saw shampoo and water outside of my trips to the hair salon, which took place every two weeks. Even though most of the girls in my college dorm were washing their hair every day or every other day, I never second-guessed my routine. I figured that because my hair was a different texture than theirs, it required (and possibly benefited from) less frequent washing. Most black girls I knew also washed their hair twice a month, whether they were redoing their usual style or switching up their weave. A couple of my black friends did go to the salon or do their own hair every week, but that was too much money, time or heat on my hair to be a realistic option for me then.

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