The new craze is the water only method. I came across this on YouTube by a person who lives in France. Her stylist had suggested it to her. So, me being intrigued, I decided to do some more research. So what is the water only method and how does it work?
This is how WoM developed. With them using more and more products to take away the moisture they found it actually being counter productive. It would actually cause more oil because our body is always in a fight or flight mode. If our body feels like it is not producing enough of something it will begin to give you more. So as you keep trying to take it away, your body is trying to compensate from what you just tried to take away. Someone, I don’t know who it was, developed the concept of only using water. Water helps to get rid of the dirt and debris but it also helps to distribute your natural sebum. So, the oil that you are producing, instead of washing it away, we just recycle it and distribute it around our hair and the water will get rid of what it doesn’t need. After a while, your body will adjust and you will not have so much sebum anymore. Genious, right? For them, yes, but for us, not so much. We need sebum, so we do not want it to go anywhere, we actually want our body to produce as much as it can, so how come the curlies are trying this new trend?
Benefit, is that we are massaging our scalp to produce the sebum, and getting the water to distribute that sebum to the length of our hair. So we are using what we naturally create to moisturize our hair. Sebum is very thick, and if we can get that to coat our hair, we would be in business.
Con, is that we will begin to create even less sebum over time when doing the WoM.
How exactly do you perform Water only Method (WOM)?
- Decide how often you want to wash. Some wash every day, this speeds up the process. (Full sebum coverage)
- Start off by Clarifying the hair. You want to start fresh.
- Before washing massage scalp, and pull sebum down the hair strand so that it can prepare to distribute throughout the hair before washing.
- Use warm water to rinse hair, this will help the sebum move easily.
- Those with curly hair will use an oil after washing so that the hair will not become dry. But those with straight hair will not use oil of any kind, except the sebum that they naturally produce.
I have actually been giving the WoM a shot. I wanted to know if it indeed helps our hair and in turn helps to retain length. As many know, I had the big chop twice. The second was not by choice and so now I am very frustrated with the length of my hair because it seems like i have been at this stage for forever, which I have. Now I am in a mode where I just want to get out of the current length I am at and want it to grow. You can say I am in a growth journey. This journey started in June, but I have only been doing the water only method for a few weeks. This will not be my normal routine, but in order for change to happen I feel like you have to change what you are currently doing. In life and in hair...lol So I will be doing this for the next few months. But let me tell you how I have been doing it and give you my thoughts on it up until this point.
As I started, I knew I was going to have variations, and I knew it would be one constant, water. Before I start let me tell you that I still have a wash day where I will do my normal routine, wash, deep condition, protein treatment..etc This is a must for my hair, so this is what I do (and for the kinky, curly girls, you want to remain washing so that you will not limit your sebum production, rather it is every week or every other week). But what has changed is my weekly routine. Thursday is wash day for me, so my first day when I started this, I clarified my hair, put it in 2 strand twist. I kept that in until Monday. I clipped my ends in the 2 strand twist and then took them out and proceeded to wash with only water. I massaged my scalp while in the shower. I just don't have time to do it before.
Step 1. Drenched hair with warm water.
Step 2. Turned off water and began to massage scalp, only for a minute, rinsed hair again so that the water can bring down the sebum that I just massaged up.
Step 3. Apply Spring Sensation Oil to my ends, left in while I bathed and then rinsed hair to get access oil and twisted to dry overnight.
Step 4. Untwist hair in the morning and put into two buns for the day.
This was my routine for 3 days straight for the first week, Monday- Wednesday. Thursday was wash day again, and put my hair in 2 strand twist until Monday. I noticed a few things that week. I lost less hair, but my hair was super dry, soft, but dry. So going into the second week I changed it up, I applied a moisturizer, buttermint smoothie to my hair to twist up for the night. That was much better. That week my hair and scalp felt awesome. Again hair shedding was almost non existent. So I repeated my routine for the 3rd week, and the end of the third week, I did a roller set instead of 2 strand twist because had a few events to attend over the weekend. And let me tell you, my hair looked and felt amazing! And I did a length check, and it actually grew maybe a quarter of an inch. So going into my fourth week, I changed it again, instead of just using oil on my ends I decided to add oil to my scalp when I massaged to get my sebum producing, and then I rinsed with warm water to allow that oil and sebum to run down my hair. And I think this will be the routine for the next few months. I found what my hair likes. So my final steps will be as follows;
Step 1. Drench hair with warm water.
Step 2. Turned off water and began to massage scalp, only for a minute.
Step 3. Apply Spring Sensation directly to scalp, sparingly.
Step 4. Rinse hair with warm water allowing oils to run down the length of hair, while still massaging the scalp and rubbing and pulling oils down to the length.
Step 5. Turned off water, and applied Spring Sensation Oil to my ends, left in while I bathed and then rinsed hair to get access oil.
Step 6. Applied Buttermint Smoothie to hair and put hair into 8 twist and bantu knotted.
Step 7. Untwist hair in the morning and put into two buns for the day.
So this is my modified Water only Method. I find that my hair does a lot better when really wet. I usually just do maintenance twist at night using a moisturizer but washing it with water everyday has actually been helping me retain more hair. Overall I like this routine. And since I am only doing this for 3 days straight it is not that bad to keep up with. You could possibly get better oil coverage if you massaged more, preened, and scritched, but to be honest, I don’t have that kind of time, so it is what it is.
Hope this helps you if you are deciding to try the Water only Method.
Here are a few photos of my hair through the process. The two puffs is when I first started. As you can see, my hair looks a little dry, and that was only using oil, no moisturizer. The middle one is also when I first began. It looks full but a little frizzy, which I liked, but still drier. The 3rd is going into the 4th week. If you pay attention to detail, both the 2nd and 3rd are roller sets, the 3rd my hair is more shiny, and looks a little more sleek.