A year ago I’ve quit shampoo and never looked back. It was my first zero waste experiment and mostly a failure, but it made me realised there is a life beyond shampoo. I have tried plenty of “no -poo” methods as well as conditioner-only washing before I could comprehend that maybe I just do not need *anything* to wash my hair with, apart from water.
It does depend on the hair type, though. If you have been doing fine with a regular shampoo before and you are transitioning to zero waste, then just switch to a shampoo bar. But if you have a big mane that never really liked hair products, maybe water only hair washing is for you. If nothing else, water only hair washing is a great method to getting to know your hair.
And if you’re at home writing your master thesis like I am, then what’s the worst thing that can happen?
I clarified my hair with apple cider vinegar and have been only using water. My hair was dry and greasy at the same time. I didn’t know what’s worse so I decided to put even more oil on, to combat the dry strands. For some reason, I thought natural oils are easier to wash off with water than hair products. My hair got sticky and gross from the residue. I decided to go from greasy-dry hair to just dry hair. I quit on argan oil and clarified my hair one more time with ACV.
I guess this have been my real hair underneath the products: dry, destroyed and messy. Clean, though! I was happy not to run around with greasy hair anymore and have been washing them almost every day, which was pretty silly. Since my hair was horribly dry, frizzy and no crazy greasy transitioning happened, I decided not to wash them so much anymore.
I have been washing my hair every second and now every third day. My hair is getting bouncy, soft and hydrated! I started to brush it before the washes as well as massage my scalp daily in order to prevent the waxy patches. My hair is clean when I wash it and stays like that for a couple of days. It’s still frizzy but I don’t mind it, as I am still waiting for the sebum to cover my hair completely. I plan to gradually extend the time between the washes and train my scalp to produce less oil. I am happy about the whole process and I am sticking to water only hair washing for now! For more results of the method check Paris-to-go and almost exactly blog.
My water only wavy hair routine:
Clarify with apple cider vinegar diluted in water
Finger detangle and massage your scalp daily
Brush before washing with a boar bristle brush and keep the brush clean
Wash every couple of days with water only and don’t use oils
Plop hair with an old T-shirt
Diffuse to shorten the drying time in the winter
Silk scarf/ pillow case for sleeping
Has anyone tried water only hair washing? Let me know in the comments below!