For those of you who follow me on my YouTube channel, I know it has been a while since I’ve made a video. My eldest son has been ill, so as you can imagine my attention needed to be with him. Now that he’s on the mend; I’m feeling more like myself; hence my post. 😉
15 Months Of Water Only Washing, The Good & The Bad…
So lets jump right in….for the last 15 months I’ve been on the Water Only Hair Washing Regimen. Many of you have asked about the pros & cons of this method? But before I start, I’d like to clarify for those of you who may be new to this topic; when I say I’ve been washing my hair with water only, this is true, with the exception of washing my hair with natural product whipped up in my kitchen, to remove excess sebum and debris from my hair and scalp (this is done, about every 7 weeks), this I also consider a pro, (Very minimal products are needed).
I’ll start with all the good stuff first! The fact that I NEVER, EVER have to worry about what chemical is in my product, or whether or not the ingredients have been changed, is a definite pro in my opinion. I make my own cleansing conditioners in my kitchen, and most of them are completely edible! You simply can’t ask for more. For obvious reasons this is definitely a pro. The money saved is ridiculous, and is also a pro!
Here’s a list of products I keep in my pantry (kitchen), that I use for my conditioner: banana baby food, fresh bananas, yogurt, yams (canned), egg, honey, aloe gel, aloe juice, cactus pear leaf (kept in my freezer), agave nectar, rice, mayo, fenugreek powder (methi powder), apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, coconut milk, lemons, rosemary (used in hair rinse), oranges, and grapefruit. Now, I’m pretty sure I’m missing something, but I think you get the point. Everything I’ve listed are food products that I also consume. So, you can imagine the savings here….
As for the products I use that aren’t list here, those would be plant base, (non edible) products. Such as henna, cassia, amla powder, (forgot that amla is also edible), and shea butter; which is the only thing I leave in my hair (the ends ONLY) when needed. Shea butter is also edible (but I wouldn’t consume it unless I knew it was processed for that purpose). The fact that I can make my own product in my kitchen (I have control over it) is a pro. Because sebum has the perfect ph balance, 4.4-5.5; the same as my scalp and hair; my hair is almost always soft and moisturized (unless there is too much sebum and mineral deposits from my water), this is a pro. Since starting the WOHW method, I spend less time on my hair, less time shopping around for products (everything I need is in my kitchen or cabinet)…an absolute PRO!
Any style is possible-PRO
Hair dries super fast-PRO
Hair doesn’t smell bad-PRO
Hair holds its shape after rain fall-PRO
Hair appears thicker-PRO
Hair is stronger-PRO
Hardly any single strand knots (if any)-PRO
Easy to detangle-PRO
Sebum behaves like a pomade or wax-PRO
Wetting my hair daily-PRO
No heat needed to straighten- PRO
I think that’s it for the pros…
Because sebum comes in two different forms; oily and waxy, if you tend to have a more waxy sebum than oily, you might find it difficult and slightly frustrating to work with. I have more of a waxy sebum, and this is a con for me. My hair can become more difficult to work with if there is too much of the waxier sebum on it. Patience is key!
- Hard water-CON
- Chlorine in the water-CON
- Mineral deposits in the water-CON
Soooo….I’m sitting here trying to think of other ’CONS’ about the WOHW Method, and my mind is coming up blank….guess there aren’t many cons for me. LOL!
What are your Pros & Cons?
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