Water Only Washing for ULTIMATE Black Hair Health!

Water only hair washing for natural hair?

It sounds so "crazy" but it just might work! In fact TONS of long-haired natural beauties claim that it works WONDERS! Water only washing (also known as the WOW method and WOHW method) is the practice of water rinsing (washing) your natural hair frequently with warm/hot water and zero commercial hair products.

This method goes a lot further than cowashing ( washing hair with conditioner ). The purpose of washing hair with water only is to allow your natural sebaceous glands to produce the natural occurring sebum, your natural sebum nourishes, moisturizes and protects your hair follicles and scalp. You want to achieve Total Sebum Coverage.

Your natural sebaceous oils also work to help your scalp maintain a healthy pH level and protect it from nasty fungi and infections. Your natural sebaceous oils were created to be the perfect moisturizer and hair conditioner.

The majority of women that have tried the water only hair washing method on a consistent basis and followed the directions specifically, absolutely love washing hair with just water and what has happened to their overall hair health.

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As with any new method you try, there will be a transitioning period before your hair adjusts to the WOHW method, and there's also that issue of how long it takes some women to mentally to adjust.

Transitioning can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks, I know that seems like a long of time, and maybe it is for some ladies. But, the key to success is to be “patient” and let nature take its course, raving fans of the WOHW method claim that it will definitely pay off in the end.

The water only hair washing method of is actually pretty simple.

To begin the process, you will have to clarify your hair and scalp of any previous products and build up with a clarifying shampoo (herbal or regular both will work).

Even though using a commercial clarifying shampoo will work, it's suggested that in the beginning of this method you try for the most natural products ( like apple cider vinegar shampoo ) to clarify your hair and scalp with.

Here are just a few suggestions:

All herbs can be used by themselves or together. Make sure you've thoroughly detangled your natural hair either before or after you  water only washinghave clarified with your wash.

Once you have clarified your hair, pick a style; two strand twists (medium to large size) are highly recommended for naturals who have type 3c-4c hair (in other words, afro textured or kinky, coily, cottony-textured hair).

Putting your hair in two-strand twists will make the transitioning period go much smoother than if you decided to do the water only hair washing on loose natural hair. Flat twists or braids are also good alternatives hairstyle as well.

The following section is a quick jump-start instruction list, that'll break down and explain how to do Water Only Hair Washing:

Quick Jump Start Into The Water Only Hair Washing - WOHW Method!

Step 1: Clarify your natural hair (use any clarifying shampoo or herb you like) and detangle your hair.

Step 2: Put your hair in medium to large two-strand twists.

Step 3: Massage your scalp daily for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Step 4: Start the rinsing process daily.

Step 5: Pay attention for when you start to recognize a oily or greasy feeling on your hair; usually the first few inches of hair will have the “oily/greasy” natural sebaceous oils and you'll a slight sheen on your fingertips after massaging your scalp.

Step 6: When you start noticing your natural sebaceous oils, start preening the sebum down your hair strands daily.

Step 7: Once your sebum comes in, it’s time to start scritching your scalp daily, so that you don't get build up of sebum sitting on your scalp. These steps need to be done daily or almost daily until you have reached Total Sebum Coverage. Once you have Total Sebum Coverage throughout your natural hair, you can begin making your twists smaller or wear your hair loose.

IF NEEDED, It's strongly recommended that you use a natural oil or butter to supplement your hair.

It's important to avoid to avoid all products that are not plant/food-based, as most commercial products will absolutely strip your hair’s natural sebaceous oils and slow your Water Only Hair Washing transition greatly.

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Maintenance on The Water Only Hair Washing Method For Natural Hair

On the Water Only Hair Washing Method you'll need daily, weekly and monthly maintenance. Starting with the first step; CLARIFYING. As your hair's sebum continues to be produced, you'll have to remove the excess sebum from your hair every so many weeks or months; it really depends on how much sebum your scalp produces.

In time you will find out, but, if you produce low-levels of sebum, this means that you can go longer before you have to clarify again in order to remove the excess sebum. If you are a normal to high sebum producer, this means you have to clarify/ remove the excess sebum/debris more often. During the process of removing the excess sebum, you are never stripping your hair bare.

How to know when it's time to remove excess sebum:

1. Your hair has become stickier, oilier than normal.

2. There is a grayish film on your hair.

3. Your hair has begun to break at the ends.

4. Your scalp appears to have a sheet of dandruff (it's not actually dandruff, it's dried sebum) and has become itchy.

These are the most common signs that you need to clarify your hair of excess natural sebaceous oils. It's highly recommended 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 issues that come with allowing excess sebum to form on your scalp.

What Do I Use When It’s Time To Clarify?

When you clarify your hair on the Water Only Hair Washing method, it's best to choose an all-natural shampoo or conditioner that won't strip your your hair and scalp of it's naturally produced sebum.

Fortunately for you, there are many different herbal powders that can be whipped into conditioner and that will successfully clean your hair of the excess sebum without completely stripping it. For example... Amla ( Gooseberry), Aretha Powder (Soap Nut), Cassia, Henna, Shikakai Powder etc…

Make sure to look for a natural plant/food-based product to make your conditioner or shampoo from (they prevent total sebum stripping). Many naturals find that a more holistic and natural approach is best with the Water Only Washing method.

BlackHairOMG Approved Vids on Water Only Hair Washing

As you know, so many videos give false and contradictory information. Because of that, not only do we allow you to get great natural hair tips from BlackHairOMG TV, but we also scour the internet to find the best and most helpful videos for you.

Here are a few BlackHairOMG approved instructional videos on the Water Only Hair Washing (AKA WOW method - WOHW method).water only washing - wohw natural hair care water only washing - wohw natural hair carewater only washing

 

Natural Hair, Water Only Hair Washing Results After 7 months

 

Natural Hair Water Only Washing { Q & A}

 

 

Water Only Washing on 4C Hair - WOW Method

 

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