Since 2013, the Water Only Washing method started to gain notoriety. And, the premise is that all products we need are our naturally occurring sebum. Move the sebum down the hair shaft with water, and then completely coat hair. Then, you will have natural curls.
Use a clarifying shampoo, apple cider vinegar rinse, or clay wash to completely clarify your hair of any product build-up. Massage and rinse the scalp daily. Several weeks later, the sebum will completely coat your hair strands from root to tip. Then, wash hair each day. Use your fingers or a seamless tool to detangle it.
- Some encountered clogged hair follicles which lead slow hair growth, itchy scalp, and dryness.
- Some encountered waxy buildup, a grey tinge to their hair, and bad smelling hair and scalp.
In this case, some plant-based products (like plant-based deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners, and hair rinses) can be added to your regimen.
Considering the training and expertise about the science of how the hair and scalp work, many in the professional hair care arena do not recommend it. The sebum indeed is awesome. However, they would think water cannot remove the dirt and buildup that your hair and scalp is exposed. If you only use water, you cannot remove sweat, dirt, and pollen that land and sit in your hair and scalps. Besides, this method is not suitable for people whose scalp produces an extremely excessive amount of sebum.