My husband is a paramedic. And thanks to the TV show, Grimm, he can now say he also plays one on TV.
Mmmm, he’s so gorgeous …
What was I talking about? Oh yeah, my hair.
So the last time he had a gig, we stayed with my in-laws, as we often do, because they’re so close to Portland. When I went to take a shower, I realized that I’d forgotten my homemade shampoo, so I decided to just suck it up and use theirs.
When I washed it out and my hair felt really strange and super tangled, I also used a bit of conditioner to help it out.
And then my hair got really weird.
So weird, in fact, that even my husband noticed a few days later that it just didn’t look normal, which of course he told me in the most tactful way possible (not really).
I finally threw up my hands and decided I’d just try scrubbing my scalp under the water whenever I took a shower.
Et, voila! It worked.
At first, it was still weird. Not quite greasy and pretty tangly. After about a week, though, something happened. My hair got curly. Like, really curly, which it hadn’t been since I was about five (I used to have ringlets and then they fell out after I got walking pneumonia as a kid).
And it just stayed curly. And super cute. And ridiculously easy to manage.
Everyone noticed, including my friend Tsh. So, naturally, when I was a guest on her podcast we had to talk about my awesome new hair. She’s even trying the whole, “just add water” deal herself.
It’s just so easy. Want to try it, too?
How I Wash My Hair
So in case you’re like me and need really clear, step-by-step directions on doing something new or you find yourself in analysis paralysis, here’s how I wash my hair with just water.
Get it wet. Not just a little bit – soak it all the way through. If you have super thick hair like I do, it takes a minute or two.
Start scrubbing your scalp. Put your hair under the water and scrub with your fingertips for a few minutes. It feels so nice! And if there’s anywhere that’s prone to getting itchy, pay special attention to those places.
Now shower as usual.
Dry it off and style. Use a towel to gently remove excess water and finger style it the way you want it.
Now, this may take a few weeks for your scalp and hair to get used to it. It took me about two weeks of hard-to-manage hair before it normalized and I was left with hair that I could easily style.
I have super dry hair, so my hair seems to like that I’m not stripping away the extra oils anymore. The result is a return to my naturally curly hair. You may have different results, especially if your hair is oily.
If your hair is oily, perhaps it’s that way because the natural oils keep getting stripped away and it’s overcompensating oil production (just a thought). My husband usually has a pretty oily scalp, but this method has been working great for him.
Please note: this might not work for your scalp or it might just take longer for everything to balance out. How long you choose to stick with it if it seems weird is up to you.
Also, if you happen to, say, go get your hair cut and decide to let them wash and style your hair as usual to see what happens, just know that you’ll get to start over from step one.
Now I know for next time …