Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My hair is fine and I wash it once a month!

I have not been updating my readers on my progress and I was recently inspired by a popular blogger in the natural hair community, to be more transparent with my readers.

So,yes I do wash my hair once a month and it is working great for me. If you have noticed I have been putting my hair away in protective styles for a duration of one month at a time. I kind of got to a point whereby I realized that I need to do what works for me. As you know,my hair is fine and it easily breaks. Even though I am more focused on health than length, I still want some length because you do get tired of seeing your hair at the same stage for a long time. For me, having fine hair means that I have to have little manipulation with my hair. I loose hair only when I manipulate it. Please don't misunderstand this post, I don't have a significant breakage issue that has to do with abuse (applying heat, coloring, destructive protective styles) and moisture/protein balance. From time to time, I experience mechanical stress breakage which is due to excessive manipulation. Even a technique as simple and seemingly safe as Finger-detangling, can be damaging, if I am not gentle enough with my hair.

Yes I do exercise a few times a week and still do not wash my hair after every exercise. I simply use Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify my scalp. I do this by dipping a cotton pad in ACV and dabbing my scalp with the soaked pad. I immediately follow that with spraying my hair with Aloe vera juice mixed very little conditioner and Tea tree oil. My solution is very light and watery. I do this about three times a week, not even daily. Clearly, I do not  use a lot of products in my hair and I stay away from the oils.

Every time, I remove the extensions (Marley Braid for now) from my hair, my hair is super stretched, soft, and unbroken. It is when I start to manipulate my hair on wash day that I see few broken hair. So, I know that this regimen works me. I lost more hair when I washed my hair once a week.

The science of it;
If you are not familiar with the term Hygral Fatigue, check out this post. Although, Coconut oil is supposed to reduce Hygral fatigue, however, my hair is is still very prone to loosing protein and breaking due to its diameter size. This is one of the reasons I choose to wash my hair once a month. Hair is very weak when wet. Now add the diameter size of hair to that problem. That is a recipe for continual breakage.

What about you? How often do you wash your hair and why?

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please contact me at coilybella@coilybella.com.



  1. Cool i would love to try to reduce my hair washes....but i am torn, because i was wondering whether to try a routine of a steam oil/deep conditioning treatment every 1-2 weeks. Do you have a video of your post exercise routine? I do hot yoga and it is stressful figuring out what protective styles to do for the week that won't puff up and i struggle with whether i should wash the hair or not post exercise.

    1. If you want to do that oil/deep conditioning routine on a weekly basis, I will say go for styles like single braids(your own hair).. I always use diluted Apple cider vinegar with tea tree oil to clean my scalp after exercising.

      Please don't do two strand twists as they will tangle up your hair(if your hair is fine like mine).When you do the deep conditioning, use a conditioner that you can leave in your hair. You can make the moisturizer more concentrated by adding olive oil or coconut oil. That way, you don't have to worry about rinsing it out.

      Cornrows and Flat twists will not last if you DC your hair frequently. Opt for styles like single braids and chunky Marley twists(with extensions).

      Try it and let me know if it works for you.


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