The idea of water-only rinsing appealed to me for a while before I actually decided to do it. The decisive moment came when one of my besties, Haley, started it. A mere few weeks into her water-only rinsing journey, her hair looked the healthiest and thickest I’d ever seen it! Needless to say, I started my journey the very next day. Mid-May 2016 was the last time I laid any hair product and heat on my hair.
Here’s a blow-by-blow of my experience (pun intended):
Water-only rinsing (or water-washing, aka “no ‘poo” as in “no shampoo”) is the process of using only water to wash your hair. No shampoo, no conditioner, no hair gel, no hair wax – no hair products at all!
No heat is self-explanatory – no blow-drying and no use of straighteners.
- To stop mindlessly applying harmful chemicals directly to my head, my sacred crown.
- To allow my hair to grow naturally, the way it’s made to.
- Instead of using shampoo to strip my scalp of all its natural oil and then replace it with chemical based oils (conditioner), I want to allow my scalp to produce the natural oils itself, as needed.
- After the first 2 months transition phase, once your scalp learns to produce the optimal amount of natural oil, you only need to water-wash your hair ONCE a month!
- No heat, because we all already know how bad and damaging applied heat is for our hair.
- Thicker, more healthy hair that grows faster
- Easier to manage (duh); the definition of ‘no fuss’ hair
- You create SO much free time for yourself
- Money savings on hair products and hairdresser appointments [Before I went natural, I had so many hair products that they needed their own closet!]
- Luggage space savings when you travel
- You learn to accept, love and appreciate your natural hair and it’s beauty
Ladies, don’t be afraid of a little liberation…
The first month was the worst – my hair was a complete greasy, sticky, slimy mess!
Can you say GREASE ATTACK?!
My heartfelt advice – just wear it in a bun or any slicked back look and keep praying that it will be over soon. It will be over soon.
A very memorable experience was going to a Southfield hairdresser for a trim during this ridiculously gross stage. Don’t judge me, it had to be done before I left to Nam! Now, imagine the looks of sheer horror and disgust that I got from the hairdressers while trying to politely ask them NOT to use any products on my hair (even though my hair looked like it desperately needed ALL the products in the world) and that, yes, I’m here for a dry cut even though my hair looks WET 😀
I’m so happy that awkward phase is over, to say the least.
- After 2 months, I had my softest and best hair yet, after a solid ten minute water rinse.
- After 3 months, my hair was noticeably healthier, softer, had more volume and texture, and finally started to grow. What more could a girl ask for?
- Still going strong at 1 year and 3 months, I honestly have no complaints. However, I must admit, I have had recent feelings of wanting a blow out! And I may just get one in the near future. But I’m done with toxic hair products for good.
Here are some tips to make your natural hair journey easier:
First month: Try and go as long as possible between water-washes – at least one week, but push for two weeks – as you really need to train your scalp to not produce as much oils as before.
Massage maintenance: Use your finger pads to scratch and massage your scalp in small circular motions (can also use your palms of your hands). Do this as often as you can, especially just before washes to help move the natural oils down from the roots to the tips of your hair strands, as well as to help break up any residue and dirt on the scalp.
You can also use a soft, natural bristled brush for the same purpose. The scalp massage brush, recommended by Hales, was a real game-changer for me – it completely removed dirt build up while better stimulating hair growth!
How to water-wash? Brush and massage before every water wash. In the shower, massage your scalp in the same way as mentioned above.
Upside down massage your head while doing the standing forward fold yoga pose (double win!) to allow blood to rush to your head and blood circulation to stimulate hair growth. Start by massaging your head for one minute standing upright and then fold down into forward fold for a couple more minutes of massaging. This is a yummy part of my home yoga practice!
Trim your hair before you start and then around every 3 months. I failed on this one, as most of us do, but it’s super important. After recently trimming my hair, it’s grown more in the last 3 months, than in the previous 9 months(cringe!) with no trim!
And to avoid any potential awkwardness at the hairdresser, just go there with wet hair and ask for a wet cut.
Girls with curls: I’d recommend not brushing your hair at all between washes, as it may leave your hair frizzy on the roots, as it did with mine.
If you have a big event, rinse your hair on the day for a fresh, plaited, slicked back or to the side look. Otherwise, just use water to style by wetting your hands with some water and then putting your hair in place for a smooth, fresh look.
How easy is that?! 🙂
What are your thoughts on no products, no heat, no fuss hair?