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Water Washing Only

DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
After browsing through the no-poo threads, I'm not finding many mentions of water washing except when used in between co-washes. Anyone here do water washing only? I am on day 13 of WO. I stopped all use of products as well and have been wearing my hair braided during this greasy period. I water wash twice daily because I run/spin most days of the week and I have not noticed any bad smell.

Wanted to know about the length of the usual transition period. I think I'm gonna stick it out for at least 6 weeks. But if I still have excess sebum after that, I might have to start pooing again. Anyone have any first hand accounts?
Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
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  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Posts: 2,034Registered Users
    This may just be me, but I think water-washing only for that long is a bad idea. Conditioners contain surfactants that remove dirt and sebum from your hair follicles. Not cleansing properly can lead to clogged follicles and potentially hair loss.

    Here's an excerpt from Live Curly, Live Free:
    If you don't cleanse your scalp properly and your hair follicles become clogged with sebum, then yes, you absolutely could start to experience some serious issues. Your hair follicles can suffocate, they can become infected, and/or you can indeed start losing your hair over time.

    If you use a non-sulfate based or conditioner cleanser once a week and give yourself a really good, brisk scalp massage while cleansing—using your fingertips and rubbing your scalp with a firm, energetic circular motion—you are massaging the sebum, dirt and debris out of your hair follicles while stimulating your sebaceous glands to maintain their proper function. The cleanser acts as an agent to carry that oil and debris away without damaging and drying out your hair shaft. That's the real purpose of a cleanser.
    Curly hair is much drier than straight hair. Even if you don't want to use styling products, at the very least you should use a conditioner to cleanse your scalp and the rest of the length.

    From my experience - and I did have a transition period of about three to four weeks - co-washing less often made me even greasier. I tried every three days but ended up switching to every other day.

    There are other ways to beat the greasiness. Baking soda rinses, adding lemon juice to your conditioner, etc. all work to combat grease.
  • miralalunamiralaluna Posts: 168Registered Users
    ^ I think the idea behind water only (WO) is to let your scalp/hair regain its natural balance to the point where oil production is regulated and does not rely on the aid of products. Friction can cleanse the scalp.

    I've seen the most information on WO here: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunity.livejournal.com%2Fno_poo" class="Popup
    Fine texture (I think?!), normal porosity
    No 'poo since May 2007

    Current products (used only as & when required!):
    - Naked Sensitive Scalp conditioner
    - Shikakai powder
    - Jojoba oil

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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    I have done this. I went around 3 weeks IIRC. I over condition easily and prefer my hair the longer its been since I have washed. I felt that by eliminating conditioner I may actually have better hair all the time.

    I couldn't wait out the end of the greasy period and my hair also started to get dry. Plus you pretty much lose your curls without additional moisture and products.

    The best place I've found to research the proper tecnique and adjustment periods is the Long Hair Community. Many of the member there WO to prevent breakage and allow their hair to grow longer.

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  • DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
    Curlyjenn, thanks for the input, but my ultimate goal is to go without products. I do massage my scalp well to remove dirt and use a BBB to move the sebum down the shaft. If I saw adverse effects, I would change my methods, but I'd really like to give WO a good shot.

    Thanks for the suggestions and links! I think the hardest part is finding folks who are hardcore WO. Even in WO threads, most talk about baking soda and vinegar, oils, etc.
    Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
    Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Posts: 667Registered Users
    I water wash and do not co-wash but I do castile soap 1x/week and shikakai rinses, sugars scrubs. My hair gets dull or limp with just water washing. I think baking soda and vinegar is too harsh for my hair. I do not see any problem of just water washing if you are using no products or "clean" natural products .
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Type: 3a, fine, thin, low porosity Water/Climate: soft/ marine Washes: water w/washcloth, shikakai, clay Condition: Style:Seamollient, CurlsPFCCP, Miracurl, Gel-les'c, CK; rudeechick's super soaker method; blot, air dry 30 min; diffuse
  • taltaltaltal Posts: 614Registered Users
    I know someone who used just water on her hair for a few months and her hair looked very good. It didn't look dirty and it didn't smell bad.
    I remember she said it took a while to start looking good after she started the routine but that after a period of about two months the hair started looking clean and really nice without any shampoo or conditioner.

    Good luck
  • DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
    I'm a little over 3 weeks in and my hair no longer looks "greasy" or "wet." But it takes almost two times longer to dry (I'm up to about 3.5 hours now). Instead of grease, the crown of my head has a fairly waxy feel, like I put pomade or something in it. Will the waxiness go away with time as well? Or is that just a consequence of water only washing along with a maddeningly long drying time?
    Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
    Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
  • alisons79alisons79 Posts: 680Registered Users
    I read an article once where a woman cut out all her products....for her hair and her face!!

    She said that it was horrible at first but in the end, her hair felt and looked awesome and her skin was clear and glow-y.

    More power to her because I don't think I could ever do it.

    But...I have to wonder....do the people who play on Survivor get to use hair and skin products?? If not, I don't see any of them losing their hair from the beginning of the show to the end, so it can't be that bad.... :)
    3A/3B
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  • DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
    I haven't watched Survivor since the first season, but from what I understand they can only bring one personal item with them, and I don't think any of the first season folks brought shampoo/conditioner.
    Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
    Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
  • alisons79alisons79 Posts: 680Registered Users
    Right! And they seem to be fine! So I would say that if you really want to try a water-only method, go for it.

    One thing that the woman in the article did say was that she used a washcloth to move some of the oils from the scalp to the ends of her hair as sort of a "conditioner" so that the ends would not get dry...

    If you do decide to stick with it long-term, let us know what you think...
    3A/3B
    I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
  • DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
    Today makes 4 weeks of no-poo/water washing. I will admit that I've CO-washed twice in that time, though. The good news is the waxiness is gone!! I was actually able to wear my hair down yesterday without thinking I looked greasy.
    day28006.jpg
    Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
    Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Your hair looks great Data. I occasionally water-wash my hair because I hate to co-wash. After some trials I found that co-washing my hair would only serve to make it drier. Water is the best "product" that any person can use IMO. It is cleansing enough by itself. I just soak my hair and massage my scalp. That's it.


    However (:toothy8:) since I have an extremely dry Afro I have to apply some moisturizer (shea butter) or else my hair will snap. I wish I could go all the way no product. However, less is more is serving me very well, and it appears that you are getting great results from a water only method. I say go for it!

    I read an article once where a woman cut out all her products....for her hair and her face!!

    She said that it was horrible at first but in the end, her hair felt and looked awesome and her skin was clear and glow-y.

    More power to her because I don't think I could ever do it.

    But...I have to wonder....do the people who play on Survivor get to use hair and skin products?? If not, I don't see any of them losing their hair from the beginning of the show to the end, so it can't be that bad.... :icon_smile:
    I had to comment on this. Both of my Grandmothers only use water to wash their faces, and they have some of the smoothest beautiful skin I have ever seen (My maternal Grandmother doesn't use a moisturizer, my paternal Grandmother told me that if her face is feeling a little dry she will put a small amount of Vaseline on it:laughing8:). I think people (are trained to) rely too heavily on products when sometimes using less or no product(s) at all is a far better option. I know the same is true for me-both skin and hair-wise.
  • DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
    Thanks lafemme! I'm noticing dryness, too. My ends are really dry. I think I'll give it a little more time before I do something about it, though. Maybe the sebum hasn't traveled down the whole length.

    This water only thing has definitely got me thinking that it would work everywhere on the body. I just don't know if I could handle the greasy transition period on my face. But I do suffer from acne so its worth considering.
    Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
    Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
  • maryjosiemaryjosie Posts: 1Registered Users
    I've been going no poo with mostly water only. For awhile I was using baking soda and apple vinegar and my hair would come out pretty dry. I tried CO as well.. so far my hair was greasy for awhile. It's coming to the point that it's not so anymore just a big limp. Not sure if I should continue down this path or wash more often.

    I do brush my hair at night and/or before i shower to loosen dirt and move the oil to the ends of my hair.

    My hair feels heavy. Is that normal?
  • DataData Posts: 19Registered Users
    Yes! My hair felt very heavy. I'm on day 35 now and its still heavy, but not as much as weeks 2-3.

    I am determined to stick with WO for 6 total weeks so I have 1 week left.

    The verdict so far: my hair is no longer "waxy." But still heavy and takes a loooong time to dry. The hair nearest my scalp is pretty limp and I miss my volume. The curls are still intact as long as I use a mousse and scrunch away. I still have annoying white residue after combing or if I scratch my scalp.

    I think that after my 6 weeks I'll switch to CO washing 1-2x weekly. I want my volume back!! But before all this I was washing with sulfate shampoos twice daily, so this is a HUGE change for me. Now I am confident my hair won't be greasy if I wait awhile between washes.

    An aside: 2 weeks ago I straightened my hair with a flat iron. I was still in the waxy stage. I would not recommend this! The iron kinda melted the wax and spread it everywhere so I had semi straight moldable hair like I overdosed on hair putty. I had to put it up. I haven't tried straightening since but I might right before my WO time is up to see if I get better results.
    Sulfate/cone free since May 8th, 2009 Type: 3a, fine, overly porous, protein sensitive
    Wash: Suave Naturals, no leave-ins or poos of any kind and I couldn't be happier.
  • hairstyleblogkristlehairstyleblogkristle Posts: 20Registered Users
    You don't necessarily need to 'wash' with conditioner. You can simply 'wash' with water like you are wanting to do and then condition as usual. This is great if you have a finer texture to your curly hair. Here's how to wash with water:
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hairstyle-blog.com%2Ffrizzy-hair-try-a-no-shampoo-shampoo.html" class="Popup
  • Heather ReneeHeather Renee Posts: 1Registered Users
    So far, I absolutely love it. My hair is really looking great! I have been blogging about it on this site. Here is a link to it:

    No Poo - Water Only for Naturally Curly Hair

    So glad to see that someone else is doing this too. I am not using anything, not even styling products. I wash my hair everyday using water only.
  • Christina11Christina11 Posts: 1Registered Users
    It took me over 8 weeks to get over the greasy and waxy period, I was worried I wouldn't make it, but I just buckled down and did it. I find if I use conditioner now my hair does become greasy looking, so I melt some coconut oil in my fingers-just alittle- and rub it into my wet hair from my neck down to the ends, which reaches mid back. The boar bristle brush really does get the dirt out and I have to clean it often because of the dirt it takes out of my hair. There is no bad smell to my scalp, which did concern me. I use cold water at the end to help my hair stay shinny and it looks better then it has in years(I'm in my 40s and have hair of a young woman), and I don't loose but 1 or 2 hairs in the tub. That is what started it, my hair fall out during washing was scary. Now I loose hardly any hairs. Plus, my hair is no longer frizzy and dry looking and will hold its style.
    With my daughters, I started them water only at ages 7 and 4 and they did not go through the greasy period at all. I wash their hair with water 1x a week and their hair looks great.
    Also, to comment on soap on skin, I read that the skin needs the natually produced oils on the skin to convert sunlight to vitamin D. I experimented with this. I use soap only on my armpits, feet, and private areas. I just scrub the rest with a rag and that gets the dirt off, but not the oil. Even though I am a red head neither me or my daughters have burned enough to peel. My daughters who are blondes have been out for hours in the sun without sunblock and though they turn red, by the next day they are tan. Further more after reading how the Greeks would wash with olive oil and then scrap it off, I decided to start washing my face with coconut oil. I stopped having dry skin in the winter, and its fairly soft and smooth. I personally think I look my age, but my skin does shine in the light, which is nice. Hope this helps, I think if a person gets off shampoo, they will never go back. I will not.
  • MidisurfMidisurf Posts: 88Registered Users
    I tired WO for three weeks. I've given up on CG and WO for now though. My hair looks great after a shampoo/silicone wash but I do feel guilty. I think WO helped my hair recover it did look good. I'm going to do CG on and off now because I think going CG sorts your hair out when it gets bad but then CG gets bad.
    - Nate


    Co-wash - Boots / Tresemme Naturals
    Condition - Bodyshop Rainforest / Tresemme Naturals
    Style - Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera gel / Garnier Fructis Camouflage gel
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 884Registered Users
    I would love to know how you guys are doing with this?? What is BBB and how do you keep your curlies tame!! I have some questions if you don't mind.
    What are some natural things to clean the scalp with?? LIke aloe vera, or lemon juice daily?? What kind of brush do you use to bring the oils down? Any styling products used, aloe vera, flaxseed gel??? anyone finding they get bacteria/hair loss from this?
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
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    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • AwesomewavyAwesomewavy Posts: 46Registered Users
    Data wrote: »
    Today makes 4 weeks of no-poo/water washing. I will admit that I've CO-washed twice in that time, though. The good news is the waxiness is gone!! I was actually able to wear my hair down yesterday without thinking I looked greasy.
    day28006.jpg

    Let me just say your hair is beautiful! I wish I had curls like those!

    Im still getting over the greasey period but after about 6 days it's lightining up! The harest part i find is resting the urge to co-wash or water wash every day. Cleaning your scalp daily will train it to produce its oils all in one day whereas potentially you an go up to one week, this is where we get the greasy or waxy feeling in our hair. Also I have been weening myself off of shampoo, I low-poo every other wash, next week every third wash, and so on and so on. Good luck with the rest of your journey! :hello2:
    2b waves! :love4:
    Co-wash:Live clean fresh water condish
    Rinse out:GFTN
    Leave in:GFTN
    Gel: GFPC,FSG
    Occasional cleanses:Live clean ACV shampoo

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    Recent length: bra strap
    Grow out challenge:waist length :blob3:
  • franelpanafranelpana Posts: 15Registered Users
    i know its an old thread and everything but i just finished trying WO and i do mean WATER ONLY no cowash ever during that period no oils, no conditioners, no nothing! just water.

    i lasted about 8 weeks (i think) and it does reduce the frizziness and volume (but maybe youu like volume) i have wavy/curly hair and before WO i could run my fingers freely through my hair, when i tried WO my fingers would get stuck and my hair wouldnt even fall back to its position, it would just stay up, soome days i had it super greasy (and its not even the normal grease youre used to, its sebum which is a lot worse) But it wasnt all that bad, my hair had more moisture, i had a lot more good hair days and my curls had a lot less frizz.

    So i say, try it, its an interesting experience and maybe itll work for you, i gave up after having my hair so greasy it really started to bother me,
  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Posts: 447Registered Users
    From what I understand, it can take a few months for the oils in your scalp to normalize so that might be why your hair seemed greasy after 8 weeks.

    I have thought about trying WO but I don't think I could handle the ugly hair phase in between. lol...
    3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
  • SweetVintageCurlsSweetVintageCurls Posts: 10Registered Users
    This is a really interesting thread. I have a question; how do you detangle? I cowash more for detangling than anything (I tend to massage my scalp with just water and try not to get conditioner on it as my scalp seems happier that way). I gave up brushing a couple of years ago and my hair stopped breaking and finally grew, so I wouldn't want to take up brushing again.

    Also, conditioner left in my hair reduces tangling which is my biggest problem. So I'm curious how you deal with tangling. Or maybe your hair is more suited to WO than mine (mine is maybe 3b, waist length when wet, breaks easily). The OP (Data) had shorter hair.
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    Hair analysis done - surprisingly, I'm normal on all 3 counts :-?
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  • TheManeTheMane Posts: 10Registered Users
    Data wrote: »
    After browsing through the no-poo threads, I'm not finding many mentions of water washing except when used in between co-washes. Anyone here do water washing only? I am on day 13 of WO. I stopped all use of products as well and have been wearing my hair braided during this greasy period. I water wash twice daily because I run/spin most days of the week and I have not noticed any bad smell.

    Wanted to know about the length of the usual transition period. I think I'm gonna stick it out for at least 6 weeks. But if I still have excess sebum after that, I might have to start pooing again. Anyone have any first hand accounts?

    Hello,

    I recently went 30 days water only and I found at the 20 day mark that things started to get a bit tricky (sebum accumulation mid-shaft). It is imperative to make sure that you manually help the sebum travel down the shaft (e.g when wetting the hair while showering).

    I lift weights and sweat a lot but didn't find any foul smell issues. Water itself + manual friction is enough to get rid of any accumulated smells/residue.

    All the best.
    Pioneering the lifestyle for men with curly hair, one curl at a time.

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  • aimeelee76aimeelee76 Posts: 14Registered Users
    So I know this is an older thread, but I'd like to share my no-poo, CO wash, BS ACV, WO, organic, home-made story with all of you. I'd love tips, advice, or encouragement, and maybe I can help a few people out, too.

    My hair, as best as I can tell: 3a/b, normal porosity, fairly coarse, fairly thick, trending towards dry, about mid-back length. I'm 35 (and I'm telling you this because my hair has definitely changed as I've aged). Also, I live in Boston, MA, where the water quality is quite good, and I use a chlorine filter on my shower.

    In my 20s, I used to shampoo and condition with Pantene dry/damaged, and then follow up with Aveda humectant pomade, or Ouidad Climate Control. My hair looked good and life was grand. (Although thinking back now, I realize that I was always breaking out on my upper back back then. That hasn't happened since I stopped using styling product.) Every once in a while, in my late 20s, I'd get a tiny bit of dandruff around the change of the seasons, but it always went away fairly quickly.

    As I got older, I noticed that my hair was getting dryer and didn't seem to be responding to my tried-and-true hair care regime. It seemed pretty lifeless. And also, I was moving more and more towards an organic, chemical free, do-it-yourself lifestyle. In the last few years, I've tried just about everything: making my own shampoo using a number of different recipes based on castile soap, baking soda washes and ACV rinses, coating most of my hair with conditioner before I washed it, cleaning my hair with conditioner only, using homemade hair gel made from flax seeds, not using any styling product at all, washing it with soap nuts, you name it!

    In my experience, the best method so far was to wash my hair with conditioner only, comb my hair in the shower with a wide-tooth comb, and let it air-dry, product-free. I had been using that method for a long while, and it was (mostly) working well. But that dandruff I mentioned earlier? Instead of just being an occasional guest, it took up full-time residence on my head, and it was gross. I felt dirty and unattractive, even though I washed my hair 2-3 times a week. And honestly, even though I babied the bejeezus out of my hair, it seemed as though it was getting dryer and dryer.

    So a few weeks back, I was stumbling around online, and I came across a blog where a straight-haired woman had written about her water-only experience. I was intrigued, and so I gave it a shot. I have been water-only for 24 days, although I did cheat two weeks ago with BS and ACV. So really, I've been WO for two weeks. Initially, I was using hot water (I love HOT showers) but that's a bad idea! So the past few days, I used warmish water, really wet my hair and scalp, and scrubbed away with my finger tips, raking my hands through my hair to try and distribute oils and to rinse the dandruff, dust, and whatever else out of it. I do this once every 2-3 days.

    What I've noticed so far: my hair feels thick and heavy at the roots, where all of the sebum is concentrated. The ends are still dry! Damn those dry ends. My dandruff reached critical mass about a week ago, and I was not happy, but I seem to have broken through to the other side. It's getting better! Yay!! I had a friend smell my hair a few days back, and he said it smelled like fresh air, as though I had just been outdoors. Because my hair is thick and curly, no one else has been able to tell that I've turned into a total hippie. :tongue: No but seriously, it looks pretty good.

    So that is my very long (and probably very boring) hairstory. If any of you are further along in the WO journey than I am, I'd love some tips, especially about how to distribute the sebum more evenly. Should I get a boar-bristle brush? I've heard about people using washcloths, too...
  • DarkCurlyDarkCurly Posts: 11Registered Users
    Hi,

    Bumping this a little, I suppose... But for a good reason.
    I was -sure- there would be a WO (water only) thread in the "shampoo free method" forum, but it's not exactly very active. Kind of surprised, actually, because I like this. I've found the thread over at the longhaircommunity pretty helpful. Over there, they have everything from sulfate shampoos to CO to WO to NW (no water), and all the threads are very interesting.
    Anyway, I'm transitioning from regular, sulfate shampoo & cone-y styling products to WO by stretching washes (which was never a problem for me anyway), doing 1 WO/week and 1 wash with a mixture of water, sulfate shampoo (only a little), conditioner with cones (only a little), no-cone hair mask; basically a harsh but very diluted mixture, applied only to scalp, once a week. This is to ease the transition and for now it's going very smoothly for me, my roots feel a little greasy but don't look it, and I'm trying to distribute the sebum across my entire length, which makes my hair very soft. My curls aren't as pretty as they were with cone-y products but I've only been doing this for two weeks so... we'll see on the long run.
    For whoever said that this wasn't properly cleaning the scalp, etc, etc, that's only if you don't do it right. I massage my scalp 5-10 minutes every day, and an additional 5-10 minutes before showering to loosen up all the dirt and all that. I think this is the most effective bit for shampooing and all. It's like the people who think that CO washing is gross, that you can't clean your hair without sulfates. It's the same thing, really, only this is WO.
    For aimeelee who had trouble distributing the oil/sebum (a month ago... but hey, it might help the next person who stumbles across this), BBBs (boar bristle brushes) help some people, I suppose by brushing from roots to tip. Personally I don't use brushes, only combs, so what I do is a take a strand of hair at the root between two fingers, press the fingers lightly together and run them down the length of the strand like this. And repeat with another strand.
    My hair is so soft. Though your hands feel surprisingly/unpleasantly oily after this.
  • IamyrocksiIamyrocksi Posts: 2Registered Users
    So I've decided to go WO. I've been co washing for years but would like to eliminate store bought products.

    So I've been WO washing a few weeks and it hasn't been too bad.

    I've started using a bbb, first in the shower but now just before the shower. I feel like it distributes the oil better when my hair is dry but I'm scared I'm going to ruin my hair brushing it dry.

    Any opinions/experiences?

    Thanks!
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Don't use the BBB to detangle, ONLY to distribute sebum, and be sure to work evenly through your hair not the parts you can see (eg canopy).

    AFAIK it's not recommended to brush wet hair with a BBB, you should be using your fingers to spread sebum in the shower.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • IamyrocksiIamyrocksi Posts: 2Registered Users
    No offense Firefox but your reply confused me even more! So when does everyone use their bbb? My hair actually delta gels easily. I have 3a/3b hair and when I use the bbb before the shower it goes through easily and doesn't catch.

    Also, my scalp feels really sensitive and slightly scaly. I've had dandruff problems in the past but was wondering if anyone else experienced this during the adjustment period. The oiliness is going down, woohoo! But I don't stay low oil for long, usually by morning it's waxy again but I'm only in week three so I'm not worried.

    I'm thinking the sensitivity is more a result of the "preening" since this isn't something I really did before.
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