Water Washing Only

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After browsing through the no-poo threads, I'm not finding many mentions of water washing except when used in between co-washes. Anyone here do water washing only? I am on day 13 of WO. I stopped all use of products as well and have been wearing my hair braided during this greasy period. I water wash twice daily because I run/spin most days of the week and I have not noticed any bad smell.

Wanted to know about the length of the usual transition period. I think I'm gonna stick it out for at least 6 weeks. But if I still have excess sebum after that, I might have to start pooing again. Anyone have any first hand accounts?
This may just be me, but I think water-washing only for that long is a bad idea. Conditioners contain surfactants that remove dirt and sebum from your hair follicles. Not cleansing properly can lead to clogged follicles and potentially hair loss.

Here's an excerpt from Live Curly, Live Free:

If you don't cleanse your scalp properly and your hair follicles become clogged with sebum, then yes, you absolutely could start to experience some serious issues. Your hair follicles can suffocate, they can become infected, and/or you can indeed start losing your hair over time.

If you use a non-sulfate based or conditioner cleanser once a week and give yourself a really good, brisk scalp massage while cleansing—using your fingertips and rubbing your scalp with a firm, energetic circular motion—you are massaging the sebum, dirt and debris out of your hair follicles while stimulating your sebaceous glands to maintain their proper function. The cleanser acts as an agent to carry that oil and debris away without damaging and drying out your hair shaft. That's the real purpose of a cleanser.
Curly hair is much drier than straight hair. Even if you don't want to use styling products, at the very least you should use a conditioner to cleanse your scalp and the rest of the length.

From my experience - and I did have a transition period of about three to four weeks - co-washing less often made me even greasier. I tried every three days but ended up switching to every other day.

There are other ways to beat the greasiness. Baking soda rinses, adding lemon juice to your conditioner, etc. all work to combat grease.
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^ I think the idea behind water only (WO) is to let your scalp/hair regain its natural balance to the point where oil production is regulated and does not rely on the aid of products. Friction can cleanse the scalp.

I've seen the most information on WO here: http://community.livejournal.com/no_poo
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I have done this. I went around 3 weeks IIRC. I over condition easily and prefer my hair the longer its been since I have washed. I felt that by eliminating conditioner I may actually have better hair all the time.

I couldn't wait out the end of the greasy period and my hair also started to get dry. Plus you pretty much lose your curls without additional moisture and products.

The best place I've found to research the proper tecnique and adjustment periods is the Long Hair Community. Many of the member there WO to prevent breakage and allow their hair to grow longer.

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Curlyjenn, thanks for the input, but my ultimate goal is to go without products. I do massage my scalp well to remove dirt and use a BBB to move the sebum down the shaft. If I saw adverse effects, I would change my methods, but I'd really like to give WO a good shot.

Thanks for the suggestions and links! I think the hardest part is finding folks who are hardcore WO. Even in WO threads, most talk about baking soda and vinegar, oils, etc.
I water wash and do not co-wash but I do castile soap 1x/week and shikakai rinses, sugars scrubs. My hair gets dull or limp with just water washing. I think baking soda and vinegar is too harsh for my hair. I do not see any problem of just water washing if you are using no products or "clean" natural products .
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I know someone who used just water on her hair for a few months and her hair looked very good. It didn't look dirty and it didn't smell bad.
I remember she said it took a while to start looking good after she started the routine but that after a period of about two months the hair started looking clean and really nice without any shampoo or conditioner.

Good luck
I'm a little over 3 weeks in and my hair no longer looks "greasy" or "wet." But it takes almost two times longer to dry (I'm up to about 3.5 hours now). Instead of grease, the crown of my head has a fairly waxy feel, like I put pomade or something in it. Will the waxiness go away with time as well? Or is that just a consequence of water only washing along with a maddeningly long drying time?
I read an article once where a woman cut out all her products....for her hair and her face!!

She said that it was horrible at first but in the end, her hair felt and looked awesome and her skin was clear and glow-y.

More power to her because I don't think I could ever do it.

But...I have to wonder....do the people who play on Survivor get to use hair and skin products?? If not, I don't see any of them losing their hair from the beginning of the show to the end, so it can't be that bad....
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I haven't watched Survivor since the first season, but from what I understand they can only bring one personal item with them, and I don't think any of the first season folks brought shampoo/conditioner.
Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
Right! And they seem to be fine! So I would say that if you really want to try a water-only method, go for it.

One thing that the woman in the article did say was that she used a washcloth to move some of the oils from the scalp to the ends of her hair as sort of a "conditioner" so that the ends would not get dry...

If you do decide to stick with it long-term, let us know what you think...
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I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
Today makes 4 weeks of no-poo/water washing. I will admit that I've CO-washed twice in that time, though. The good news is the waxiness is gone!! I was actually able to wear my hair down yesterday without thinking I looked greasy.
Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
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Your hair looks great Data. I occasionally water-wash my hair because I hate to co-wash. After some trials I found that co-washing my hair would only serve to make it drier. Water is the best "product" that any person can use IMO. It is cleansing enough by itself. I just soak my hair and massage my scalp. That's it.


However () since I have an extremely dry Afro I have to apply some moisturizer (shea butter) or else my hair will snap. I wish I could go all the way no product. However, less is more is serving me very well, and it appears that you are getting great results from a water only method. I say go for it!


I read an article once where a woman cut out all her products....for her hair and her face!!

She said that it was horrible at first but in the end, her hair felt and looked awesome and her skin was clear and glow-y.

More power to her because I don't think I could ever do it.

But...I have to wonder....do the people who play on Survivor get to use hair and skin products?? If not, I don't see any of them losing their hair from the beginning of the show to the end, so it can't be that bad....
I had to comment on this. Both of my Grandmothers only use water to wash their faces, and they have some of the smoothest beautiful skin I have ever seen (My maternal Grandmother doesn't use a moisturizer, my paternal Grandmother told me that if her face is feeling a little dry she will put a small amount of Vaseline on it). I think people (are trained to) rely too heavily on products when sometimes using less or no product(s) at all is a far better option. I know the same is true for me-both skin and hair-wise.
Thanks lafemme! I'm noticing dryness, too. My ends are really dry. I think I'll give it a little more time before I do something about it, though. Maybe the sebum hasn't traveled down the whole length.

This water only thing has definitely got me thinking that it would work everywhere on the body. I just don't know if I could handle the greasy transition period on my face. But I do suffer from acne so its worth considering.
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Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
I've been going no poo with mostly water only. For awhile I was using baking soda and apple vinegar and my hair would come out pretty dry. I tried CO as well.. so far my hair was greasy for awhile. It's coming to the point that it's not so anymore just a big limp. Not sure if I should continue down this path or wash more often.

I do brush my hair at night and/or before i shower to loosen dirt and move the oil to the ends of my hair.

My hair feels heavy. Is that normal?
Yes! My hair felt very heavy. I'm on day 35 now and its still heavy, but not as much as weeks 2-3.

I am determined to stick with WO for 6 total weeks so I have 1 week left.

The verdict so far: my hair is no longer "waxy." But still heavy and takes a loooong time to dry. The hair nearest my scalp is pretty limp and I miss my volume. The curls are still intact as long as I use a mousse and scrunch away. I still have annoying white residue after combing or if I scratch my scalp.

I think that after my 6 weeks I'll switch to CO washing 1-2x weekly. I want my volume back!! But before all this I was washing with sulfate shampoos twice daily, so this is a HUGE change for me. Now I am confident my hair won't be greasy if I wait awhile between washes.

An aside: 2 weeks ago I straightened my hair with a flat iron. I was still in the waxy stage. I would not recommend this! The iron kinda melted the wax and spread it everywhere so I had semi straight moldable hair like I overdosed on hair putty. I had to put it up. I haven't tried straightening since but I might right before my WO time is up to see if I get better results.
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Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
You don't necessarily need to 'wash' with conditioner. You can simply 'wash' with water like you are wanting to do and then condition as usual. This is great if you have a finer texture to your curly hair. Here's how to wash with water:
http://www.hairstyle-blog.com/frizzy...o-shampoo.html
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So far, I absolutely love it. My hair is really looking great! I have been blogging about it on this site. Here is a link to it:

No Poo - Water Only for Naturally Curly Hair

So glad to see that someone else is doing this too. I am not using anything, not even styling products. I wash my hair everyday using water only.
It took me over 8 weeks to get over the greasy and waxy period, I was worried I wouldn't make it, but I just buckled down and did it. I find if I use conditioner now my hair does become greasy looking, so I melt some coconut oil in my fingers-just alittle- and rub it into my wet hair from my neck down to the ends, which reaches mid back. The boar bristle brush really does get the dirt out and I have to clean it often because of the dirt it takes out of my hair. There is no bad smell to my scalp, which did concern me. I use cold water at the end to help my hair stay shinny and it looks better then it has in years(I'm in my 40s and have hair of a young woman), and I don't loose but 1 or 2 hairs in the tub. That is what started it, my hair fall out during washing was scary. Now I loose hardly any hairs. Plus, my hair is no longer frizzy and dry looking and will hold its style.
With my daughters, I started them water only at ages 7 and 4 and they did not go through the greasy period at all. I wash their hair with water 1x a week and their hair looks great.
Also, to comment on soap on skin, I read that the skin needs the natually produced oils on the skin to convert sunlight to vitamin D. I experimented with this. I use soap only on my armpits, feet, and private areas. I just scrub the rest with a rag and that gets the dirt off, but not the oil. Even though I am a red head neither me or my daughters have burned enough to peel. My daughters who are blondes have been out for hours in the sun without sunblock and though they turn red, by the next day they are tan. Further more after reading how the Greeks would wash with olive oil and then scrap it off, I decided to start washing my face with coconut oil. I stopped having dry skin in the winter, and its fairly soft and smooth. I personally think I look my age, but my skin does shine in the light, which is nice. Hope this helps, I think if a person gets off shampoo, they will never go back. I will not.

Last edited by Christina11; 11-11-2011 at 12:28 PM.
I tired WO for three weeks. I've given up on CG and WO for now though. My hair looks great after a shampoo/silicone wash but I do feel guilty. I think WO helped my hair recover it did look good. I'm going to do CG on and off now because I think going CG sorts your hair out when it gets bad but then CG gets bad.
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