WaterOnly washing: Is sebum good for the hair/scalp or not?

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Ok so I've now started WO washing for the past 2 weeks, I've used no products, just water to cleanse my hair and scalp, I use a dollap size of mousse for styling my entire mane.

My curls have never looked better to be honest, their bouncy, the curls are tighter and has volume, my hair feels lighter! I wet my hair in lukewarm water, comb my hair with a wide tooth comb to comb out tangled hair, use a boar brisstle brush and massage my scalp and then slowly drag the sebum by brushing from my scalp along the hair shaft to the tips of my hair. It feels like a natural conditioner/moisturizer. Then I do a final rinse with cold water and apply mousse to my sopping wet hair and plop.

I guess I'm experiencing a transitioning period right now, my scalp doesn't smell of anything, nor is it greasy but the tips of my roots feels "waxy", I'm guessing this is the sebum, but all in all, my hair has looked great this past 2 weeks and I really want to stick WO out for as long as I can, however, I've read some bad things about WO

Apparently WO can clog up the cuticles and suffocate the hair strands resulting in hair loss and slowness in growth and also that WO doesn't cleanse the hair completely due to dust, dirt in the atmosphere and environment and that WO is an old fashioned method of "cleaning" from yesteryear that doesn't really work, kinda like using herbal medicine alternatives to treat illnesses or something, like they use to do in the olden days and some indigenous/third world cultures who live a basic lifestyle.

I really want WO to be a good method of washing the hair so bad but I don't want to loose hair

I have 3b/3c ish hair, so I feel like I really benefit from WO. But is it good for the hair or not?

Does spreading the sebum from the roots to the hair shaft and thouroughly washing with water only, really cleanses the scalp and hair?

Does WO/SO washing really work in the long term?

I really want it to? Is it realistic though?

Thanks in advance!
There was a post a while back on the 'general questions' board about water only washing. The post had a link to the long hair forum. Many people over there use water only. The link had a detailed description on how to do this. I'd try searching their forum.
Here is what I think I remember reading:
I think people use oil with a soft brush to remove scalp build up, much like removing cradle cap with babies.
Strait haired people have better luck with this method since the sebum can travel down the length of the shaft easier.


I'm not very familiar with Water Only. Most people here cowash. If you don't get many replies to this post, try reposting it in the General discussion for curly hair forum. Put something like 'water only washing question' in the title, so it will get the attention of people familiar with the water only method.
My advice to you and everyone is not to get too caught up in the rules of any method. Listen to your hair. If your hair wants water only with an occasional cowash, do that. If water only works, do that. For example, I have wavy hair. If I followed the rules, I'd low poo once a week. My hair is dry and doesn't need a low poo, so I don't low poo. I'd definitely suggest consulting water only experts on the long hair forum for advice.
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When I first started CGing, I couldn't imagine that water washing was something I'd ever do. Any time I'd tried just rinsing my hair out, it had ended up greasy, and it wasn't until I'd been CG for about a year that I tried water washing, using Lorraine Massey's method, which doesn't use a brush, but is based on giving the scalp a really good massage under running, hot water, then following with a rinse out conditioner, etc.

I was really shocked to find that using the CG water wash method my hair and scalp look, feel, and smell clean, not the least bit greasy, and I have great root lift, and very nice curl.

As far back as I can remember thinking about it, I've been under the impression that sebum would naturally be the best conditioner hair could have. After all, if it weren't, that would be a major design flaw, and our ancient (and near) ancestors wouldn't have been able to grow hair (and we know that's not true). So, on rare occasions, when my hair condition had deteriorated badly, I would sometimes let my hair get oily, just so it could recover -- blecky, but it worked.

Other stuff in conditioners, as we now know, can damage hair; among them mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and silicones.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I never really liked co-washing so I started water washing. I like the volume and curl I get but even though I massage my scalp it never felt quite right. Now, I massage my scalp with good conditioner, rinse and then wipe with a washcloth 30X on each side and rinse again. This way my scalp feels clean but my hair feels water-washed and not over-conditioned. I still cleanse my hair 1X week with castile soap, shampoo bar or Morrocco Method Shampoo.
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I just read about water only washing and tried it today! My hair felt like a ball of wax under water but when it dried it looked great and clean and my scalp felt like it could breath. I read that if you put apple cider vinegar in your hair for about 20 minutes before you water wash it will get rid of the waxy buildup. Hope that helps!
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Im back here trying to CG method again my first attempt went bust for my job was very public and I had to have that smooth polished look. But now I can wear my curls freestyle and bold. Ive gone about a week with just co-washing and found it made my otherwise fine curly hair greasey feeling and heavy with the curls droopy. I just washed it to remove build up and now its a fuzz ball of stringy curls. Im thinking I might like to try the water only method then follow up with a conditioner..but what type of conditioner is best..I need something light but effective..any suggestions?
My personal opinion is that it is a bad idea to put mousse on your hair if you are not intending to shampoo it out. Anything you add to your hair must be removed. So if you want to do water only with sebum, I think you should not use mousse. Water does not remove hair products because if it did, shampoo companies would be out of business.


QUOTE=MEDUSAbaby;1201184]Ok so I've now started WO washing for the past 2 weeks, I've used no products, just water to cleanse my hair and scalp, I use a dollap size of mousse for styling my entire mane.

My curls have never looked better to be honest, their bouncy, the curls are tighter and has volume, my hair feels lighter! I wet my hair in lukewarm water, comb my hair with a wide tooth comb to comb out tangled hair, use a boar brisstle brush and massage my scalp and then slowly drag the sebum by brushing from my scalp along the hair shaft to the tips of my hair. It feels like a natural conditioner/moisturizer. Then I do a final rinse with cold water and apply mousse to my sopping wet hair and plop.

I guess I'm experiencing a transitioning period right now, my scalp doesn't smell of anything, nor is it greasy but the tips of my roots feels "waxy", I'm guessing this is the sebum, but all in all, my hair has looked great this past 2 weeks and I really want to stick WO out for as long as I can, however, I've read some bad things about WO

Apparently WO can clog up the cuticles and suffocate the hair strands resulting in hair loss and slowness in growth and also that WO doesn't cleanse the hair completely due to dust, dirt in the atmosphere and environment and that WO is an old fashioned method of "cleaning" from yesteryear that doesn't really work, kinda like using herbal medicine alternatives to treat illnesses or something, like they use to do in the olden days and some indigenous/third world cultures who live a basic lifestyle.

I really want WO to be a good method of washing the hair so bad but I don't want to loose hair

I have 3b/3c ish hair, so I feel like I really benefit from WO. But is it good for the hair or not?

Does spreading the sebum from the roots to the hair shaft and thouroughly washing with water only, really cleanses the scalp and hair?

Does WO/SO washing really work in the long term?

I really want it to? Is it realistic though?

Thanks in advance! [/QUOTE]
If it rinses off my hands it'll rinse out of my hair. Not necessarily in 5 minutes but it will and with a mild cleansing agent it should not be a problem. You can also clarify occasionally if concerned.
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If you stick with water soluble products, you won't have trouble removing them from your hair with water only cleansing, provided you do a thorough scalp massage, which is a component of that technique. Hair get quite clean when water washing is done right. I even find that my hair squeaks.

It's the method Lorraine Massey originally came up with for Curly Girling, and the reason she had an official sniffer – somebody else to check her hair everyday and make sure it really was getting as clean as she thought it was.

As a knitter who spins (makes my own yarn to knit with), I learned quite a while back that sheep's sweat containes a natural surfactant. (Sorry, I don't remember more than that, even where I read that or how many years ago.) This has allowed shepherds to wash wool while still on the sheep's backs prior to shearing, or the recipients of shorn wool to wash it after shearing without using soap (although it is no longer common in this country to scour wool without soap). It seems to me that if this exists in sheep's sweat, it could also exist in human sweat. I would love to see research done on this, but I'm sure haircare manufacturers won't pick up the tab for a study done on it. It would explain how water only washing can work so well.

Do I water wash much? Hardly ever. But it's nice to know that I could in a pinch.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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