Does Dirty Hair Grow Faster?

Article by: Black Naps

Dirty hair is often times confused to be  a good practice for growing black hair. It’s easy to see why this mistake is made, but dirt on your hair in no way encourages growth or length retention.

Dirty hair is associated with growth for some people because when you don’t wash your hair as often there is less manipulation and less manipulation means little room for breakage and ultimately length retention.

This does not mean that dirt is growing your hair. In fact, when your hair is dirty it is hard for any moisturizing products you use to work because buildup makes it hard for any product to penetrate the hair.

What this really means is washing your hair less frequently fits better into your regimen. While washing hair once a week works for some people many others find more success in going 3 weeks without washing.

Oh and just because your hair is washed less often this does not mean that it is dirty. Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes washes her hair monthly and her aim is definitely not dirty hair.


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This method makes sense for her hair texture, length, and preference. If you find that something like this works for you then go for it. However, if you are washing your hair less often put a smaller amount of products and lighter products in your hair to prevent buildup.

When your hair feels like it desperately needs a wash, wash it. Keeping your hair dirty will not make it grow. You can have a routine of less frequent washes, but dirty hair should never be your goal.

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5 thoughts on “Does Dirty Hair Grow Faster?

    • BlackZulu says:

      So glad you found the article interesting enough to share! Just a quick note to say that this entire article was taken from the blog BLACK NAPS and just reposted by me 🙂
      Diana, do you also wash your hair infrequently? I’m thinking that young lady must be doing something right based on the length of her hair!

  1. Jane Lorraine says:

    First, I LOVE Cipriana! Second, I think this is a common misconception for a lot of people. I have found that co-washing is better for my hair, and most naturals, because you retain moisture. Your hair still get’s clean without using shampoo.

    • BlackZulu says:

      Bottom line is – do what works for YOUR hair and not what the hair society feels is normal. I am a shampoo lover but I do wish to get a co-wash to try out. I do not want to use a regular conditioner tho 🙂 I use a lot of oil in my hair being on the Castor Oil Challenge and I like to know I have gotten my scalp clean to start all over again. Its all personal preference.

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