Oily problems- am I doing something wrong?


#1

I’ve been water only for almost a year now and i “wash” my hair about 3 times a week. My hair feels and looks disgusting the first day. It’s clumpy and sticky and looks like I put a tub of cream on it. It gets better the third day onward but ALL the stylists i go to complain about the texture (my hairdresser couldn’t work with my hair so she HAD to shampoo it). I scritch and preen for exactly 5 minutes in the shower with lukewarm water then i dry it with a cotton t-shirt.
I’m beginning to suspect I’m doing something wrong. Any tips?


#2

Hey, good for you for sticking with it for a year! Especially because you have not been enjoying the results :frowning:

What works for me is washing/massaging my hair in water as hot as I can stand to make the oil much more liquid, then blotting it off thoroughly straight away with a towel. This seems to be the main thing that helps. I do this every 1-3 days, which is better than I had before when I used shampoo I had to do it every day.

It’s interesting that you find it gets worse just after washing… How long is your hair, what type is it and do you use a natural bristle brush?


#3

It’s actually pretty short i have a pixie haircut that reaches just the bottom of my skull. I’m not sure about the type (normal?) but i do know that it gets super frizzy when i shampoo (think: angry medusa/hair that literally stands up) so I can’t really use a brush because my hair explodes :sob: do you think I should start brushing and ignore the frizz?


#4

Hello! It sounds like your hair is naturally curly? With your hair bring short it should be less damaged than longer hair. Has your hair been colored?

Brushing it with a natural bristle brush will help to distribute the oil along the hair length and encourage the hairs to lie together, which will reduce the frizziness.

I brush mine before washing as that’s when it’s oiliest, then the hot wash takes off the excess oil.

I found my hair is never frizzy any more. The natural oils just does its thing.

Don’t be afraid to keep experimenting, try changing something for a few days or weeks to see how your hair responds.

Good luck! Let me know how you get on.


#5

I’m doing the water method for about a half year now.
It is still not ‘normal’. In the summer it was getting much better, you totally didn’t see that it was a bit greasy. But now its getting worse. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the seasons.
But I’m losing hope…

I wash my hair once or sometimes twice a weak. I brush my hair before washing.
What I did the last couple of times was also brushing it after the shower. And that made it a little bit better.

But still…

I do have long hair, and I have a lot of it. (A bit wavy).

Should I quit the only water method, and try the ACV or baking soda? Or other tips… ?


#6

HI,

I have the same problem. Washing with warm water only 3 - 4 times a week for almost 3 months now and it still looks so sticky… It was the worst after one month, than it got a bit better but it still is sticky. I have really thin hair, maybe that is the problem…? I do notice it’s much more healtier! I use to wash my hair almost every day with shampoo and it broke terribly all the time. Now the ends are not even splitting yet :smiley: That’s the main reason to go on for me. I hope to have long hair again like I used to when I was 18… (I’m 24 now).

Anyway, I was thinking, what is the diffence of using soda and the shampoos of Lush? Lush is natural, no?

Thank for the replies
Sophia


#7

My daughter and I have been water only for 18 months. I avoid using water on my hair as much as I can because it feels horrible for a few days afterwards. I use a dry shampoo ( cornflour is our favourite) every few days and do a good brush out twice a day. When my scalp feels the need for a clean ( every two weeks or less) I use hot water and either my fingers or a flannel and just wash my scalp ( I have long hair). My hair ends a little damp at the roots but is mostly dry. This wash seems to shift itching and dead skin. I clean my brushes every few days which seems to help. Rubbing two brushes together gets rid of the build up of dry debris and I use whatever soap is to hand to remove greasy residue on the brush.


#8

to me it sounds like your water is hard. you need soft water.