QUICK JUMP START TO WOHW!
What Is The Water Only Hair Washing Method?
Water only hair washing by my definition; is the act of water rinsing (washing) your hair with warm/hot water. The ultimate
goal is to allow your natural sebaceous glands to produce the natural occurring sebum, that will nourish, protect and moisturize your hair strands and scalp. You want to achieve Total Sebum Coverage. The sebum will also help your scalp maintain a healthy ph level an protect it from infections and fungi. I do not go into much of the science aspect of sebum, however I have done plenty of research, and I am comfortable with the knowledge I have, along with the experience I have with the WOHW Method. As of November 2014 (13 months), I have exclusively done the water only hair washing method (WOHW). As with any new thing you try, there will be a transitioning period before your hair adjust to this method, and that’s not including how long it will take you mentally to adjust. Transitioning can take up to 3 months, I know that seems like a great deal of time, and maybe it will be for some of you. All I can say is please be “patient,” it will pay off in the end.
This method of hair care is fairly simple. You will have to clarify your hair and scalp of any previous products/build up with an herbal or regular clarifying shampoo. In the beginning try for the most natural product to clarify your hair with. Here are just a few suggestions: Amla Powder, Aretha Powder, Fenugreek Conditioner, Henna, Cassia, Bentonite Clay, Mud Wash etc… All herbs can be used by itself or together. Make sure you have thoroughly detangled your hair either before or after you have clarified your hair.
Once you have clarified your hair, pick a style; two strand twist (medium to large size) are highly recommend for those of you who have afro textured or kinky, curly, coily, cottony textured hair. Putting your hair in two strand twist will make the transitioning period go smoother then if you decided to do this on loose hair. Braids, or flat twist are also acceptable alternatives as well. For those of you who have naturally straight hair, this method will also work for you to; although you could also use the bb brush. I’ll get into the bb brush later… Now that you’ve styled and clarified your hair, daily steps.
The following is a quick jump-start, that I will break down and explain as thoroughly as I can:
Quick Jump Start Into The WOHW!
Step 1: Clarify (use any clarifying shampoo or herbal conditioner you like) and detangle your hair.
Step 2: Put your hair in medium to large two strand twist.
Step 3: Massage your scalp daily for a minimum of 5 mins.
Step 4: Start the rinsing process daily.
Step 5: Once you start feeling a sticky or greasy feeling on your hair; usually the first few inches of hair will have the “sticky/greasy” sebum.
Step 6: Preen the sebum down your strands.
Step 7: Once your sebum comes in, it’s time to start scritching your scalp daily, so you will not get a build up of sebum.. These steps need to be done daily or almost daily until you have reached Total Sebum Coverage. Once you have Total Sebum Coverage, you can make your twist smaller or wear your hair loose. I strongly recommend using a natural oil or butter to supplement your hair if it’s needed. Remember to avoid none plant/food base products, as most commercial products will strip your hair’s natural oils and set you back.
On the WOHW Method you will need daily, weekly and monthly maintenance. Starting with the first step; CLARIFYING. Unless you opt to use the bb brush as your daily, weekly, monthly maintenance tool, you’re going to have to remove the excess sebum from your hair every so many months or week; depending on how much sebum you produce. Some of you will be low producers of sebum, which will mean you can go longer before you have to remove the excess sebum. Others will fall between normal and high sebum producers, which will mean you have to clarify/ remove the excess sebum/debris. During the process of removing the excess sebum, you are never stripping your hair bare. Signs that you need to remove your excess sebum:
1. your hair has become stickier, oilier than normal.
2. There is a grey tinge to your hair.
3. Your hair has begun to break at the ends.
4. Your scalp appears to have a sheet of dandruff and has become itchy.
These are the most common signs that you need to clarify your hair. My suggestion is to figure out your hair cycle in terms of; for example: If you have noticed that you can usually go 2 months before clarifying your hair, then instead of waiting 8 weeks to clarify, do it on the 7th week. That way you won’t have to deal with the consequence of have excess sebum.
What Do I Use When It’s Time To Clarify?
When you clarify your hair choose an all natural shampoo or conditioner, as it will not strip your sebum. There are several herbal powders that can be whipped into conditioner that will clean the excess sebum without stripping it. Amla ( Gooseberry), Aretha Powder (Soap Nut), Cassia, Henna, Shikakai Powder etc… Make sure to look for a plant/food base product to make your conditioner or shampoo (prevents sebum removal). I found that a more natural approach is best on this method. As I am still in the process of building my site, I strongly recommend visiting my YouTube Channel, if any of your questions have not been addressed, or leave a comment: