For the past one year, since I discovered many great channels and books on natural hair care, I have been washing my hair on a weekly basis. Let me also add that I have lost about 6 inches of hair since I employed this method. Every time I wash my hair, I lose hair. I see many pieces of broken hair. I did not take it seriously because I thought hair will break unless it is not touched at all. I started getting worried after I purchased a hair stopper which collected all the shed and broken hair from my tub(I wash my hair in the shower). I was alarmed by the amount of broken hair, not shed hair, collected in that hair stopper. I don't have issues with dryness and I do use protein treatment on a monthly basis. I do trim my ends when they need to be trimmed., so why is my hair breaking on wash days?
Before using the regimen of weekly washing, I used to wear twists for three weeks at a time and washed my hair every three weeks. I did not have any issues with broken hair everywhere.
This is why I am asking this question: How often do you wash your hair?
It seems like for me, when I washed my hair every three weeks, I retained length better. I never was the type to pile on products on my hair so I hardly had build up. Now that I wash my hair every week, I lose hair every time I wash my hair. Please note that I am not rough with my hair considering how fine it is and I do not use brushes to detangle. I use a rake comb and my fingers to detangle. Should fine hair not be washed too frequently like once a week? What if I go three weeks without washing my hair like I used to in the past? What do you think ladies?
Please help by answering the question. Your suggestions are welcome!!
Okay, I solved the riddle to some extent. It was not weekly washing that was breaking my hair , although I still believe in "less manipulation= less breakage". I have realized that I was not gentle enough with my hair and did not do enough"smoothing". You know like when you are working product on your hair, you place the section of hair between both hands and smooth that section down. This has helped a lot. Also now, when I wash my hair,I wash in four braided sections, see this post to see my updated wash routine. I have less breakage and I am retaining length. I keep my hair stretched throughout my entire regimen. My hair being bound up, unstretched and tangled gets broken VERY easily. So stretching it has helped a great deal!!!!