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    I shampooed today after finding a little bit of "buildup" on my scalp. It was dirty so much as oily. Well, now I'm not sure what to do. Perhaps I could go back to water washing for the week and then shampoo every now and then?? Not sure. My hair felt WONDERFUL with the water only rinsing, but I was afraid of having build-up on my scalp.
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    @OP: I saw your hair pics and they look Ahmazing!

    how long did it take for your hair to get that long?

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    I tried to keep going with water only, but after setting my hair last night and dealing with it this morning, I have to throw in the towel . My ends are popping off and are just not having it, especially the back which I have issues with anyway. I am sad though because I loved how my hair felt and how big it looked. Even when I put my hair in twists, I had to keep pulling tangled up ends apart. Whether I wear my hair loose or in PS, if my ends don't stay curled, I will experience excessive breakage. Water can keep my hair moisturizer enough, but I need more to sustain my curl pattern. That was my only issue.
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    As my health issues are being addressed, I still feel the need to add something to strengthen my hair. I've been searching for a nature based solution. Water washing alone has given me a base to start from but I can see this might not be a final solution for me either. I found this video on youtube. I apologize if it is a re post.




    @gilroygal and @AfroIsland and anyone looking for something a bit more than water, this looks like a viable alternative. The lady expressed being allergic to aloe vera but by modifying her use a little she was succesful. They also recommend this for seborrhea. I am very interested in the strenghtening properties of aloe.

    The formula is almost the same as I've used in the past but without the bentonite clay.

    I tried it this AM using my *trial formula of 2oz aloe vera gel, 2oz rosewater and 2 drops hemp oil. Applied to wet hair messaged in and left on for about 10 minutes and washed out. I detangled, combed and put in twists.

    *I change the formula a little as I go until I'm happy with it. I'll try jojoba at some point but I want try this first.

    As some of you know, I have to try something for a few months before I decide to keep or kick the routine.. unless it proves itself bad in less time...

    Phase 2 of my experiment, finding water soluable natural strengthener, is on.
    Officially that would mean I am no longer water only until I decide to keep or kick the new routine...

    @truimage15 Thank you, my hair is no longer as long or thick as seen in my earlier albums but I've been natural since 1994. Back then I didn't pay much attention to it until around 2009 when I noticed it was longer than I could ever remember and started snapping pictures all over the place . I had been wearing it up 98% the time.


    Continued Blessings All...and thanks for posting
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    I don't consider using water only as "washing" but I consider that as "rinsing".
    I will sometimes rinse my locks in between washing/shampooing my locks. I wash my locks once a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Veviticus View Post
    I don't consider using water only as "washing" but I consider that as "rinsing".
    I will sometimes rinse my locks in between washing/shampooing my locks. I wash my locks once a week.
    Thank you for posting. I was locked (twist to freeform) in the 80's for a while and have been considering it again lately. I was happy to find that Rastafarians(sp) used this aloe formula successfully, so it is an option I feel comfortable putting back on the table.

    I found that water only worked best for me on untwisted or unbraided hair, but every head is different.
    love your locks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siriushair View Post
    Thank you for posting. I was locked (twist to freeform) in the 80's for a while and have been considering it again lately. I was happy to find that Rastafarians(sp) used this aloe formula successfully, so it is an option I feel comfortable putting back on the table.

    I found that water only worked best for me on untwisted or unbraided hair, but every head is different.
    love your locks!!!
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    very interesting thread! OP, can you explain a bit more in detail about your detox methods before getting into your water only washing routine?

    thanks!

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    Default Styling with Water Only...

    I would like to try water only washing, but I'll have to wait for some time off before I can experiment. Plus the fact you have to be aware of the products you use and if they're water-soluble is kind of intimidating. I mainly use oils and every now and then some natural styling creme or something (tryna use up all my products). Would I still have a problem? I guessed the next best thing to trying this would be not using any product in my hair to style except for water. I got this from your post and was reminded of when my hair was a little shorter and I just let my hair air dry after a wash and condition and seeing if my sebum would take care of it. My hair was so soft! It wasn't as flexible, but it was soft. This time I pretty much did the same thing with my twists. Here was my routine.

    - oil my hair the night before with coconut and olive oil
    - in the morning rinse with warm water and apply a generous amount of moisturizing conditioner, let it marinate while I get fresh
    - rinse, then shampoo with a chagrin valley bar focusing on scalp then rinse
    -pin my hair up and take each twist down and retwist each half while it was already damp/wet (even if it was dry my hair was REALLY soft, I would just spritz the ends with water)
    - all through the day and the next my hair felt soft and moisturized, since I'm addicted to my coconut oil I guess I can wait until day 3 to apply to my ends

    *Keep in my mind I wash my hair in jumbo or medium sized twists

    I just really wanted to share. I'm so amazed by this. Wonder if I could get the same result from a WNG with no product. Doubt it at this length Sorry if I hijacked. Has anyone else done this? Could this be considered a first step to water only washing if you used no product in your hair to style?

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    I don't get it whats wrong with shampoo washing?

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