water-only washing for hair has been well documented to work, for many people. The transitioning period (so I've read) can be pretty horrible though
as the scalp has to adjust to its preferred level of sebum production and that can take months of gnarly, greasy, hair and maybe itchy scalp.
I've not tried this, so no personal experiences to relate but here are a few tips I've read:
Soft water is better than hard water and the more powerful the blast from the shower nozzle, the better.
Massage the scalp in the shower for quite some time to dislodge built up sebum on the scalp.
A final rinse of diluted AppleCiderVinegar/water is helpful. Buy organic, not the fake stuff.
Daily "scritching" of the scalp, with wooden comb (not your fingernails!) to dislodge built up sebum and then use a boar-bristle brush to move it down
the hair. This is were the old saying of brush your hair 100 strokes or more before bed, came from. In the past, this is how women managed to avoid
oil/sebum build up and a clear scalp.
Coconut oil can be used (lightly) to prevent moisture loss, coconut oil is one of the few that will be absorbed rather than sit on top of the hair
The shorter one's hair, the easier it may be, but it is the scalp that will decide whether this will work or not and how long the transition will
Once the hair and scalp have transitioned you must continue with WO. If you decide to shampoo/condition/or use soap, now and again you will probably
revert back to stage one and undo all of the transition
*Also, if your hair isn't natural (i.e. has been chemically dyed or bleached) you will have serious problem with moisture loss. Coconut oil may help,
but this may not work at all, until your hair has grown in naturally.
edit on 5-1-2011 by LadySkadi because: (no reason given)