A thread claiming that not using shampoo to wash your head and simply “water-shampooing” it instead recently became popular on the trend compilation site Naver Matome.
The collection of sources from around the Internet claims that washing your hair only with warm water can prevent and improve baldness, is effective for thinning hair, reduces dandruff, dermatitis, and problems with sensitive skin, while also promising that your hair will stay clean and healthy.
But 2ch netizens didn’t buy it. They bought more shampoo instead.
From Naver Matome:
Effective For Thinning Hair, Dry Skin, and Sensitive Skin? Why Those Who “Water-Shampoo” Are Increasing
It seems as though the number of people who “water-shampoo” their hair by only washing it with water is increasing! Does it work against baldness? Less dandruff? I made a compilation about it. Update: 30/07/2013 RSS rie9876
What Is “Water-Shampooing”?
“Water-Shampooing is a way of washing your hair only with hot water, without using shampoo or conditioner.
Whaaat? This seems a little bit unhygienic!
“Seems unhygienic…”, “Seem like my hair’s gonna smell…”, “Seems like I’m gonna go bald…”
…that’s what everyone thinks, right?
When I first heard about water-sham, that’s what I thought too.
Is it really true that you have to wash your hair with shampoo?
How did people wash their hair back in the days when there was no shampoo? I guess they just used to rinse it with water and hot water.
There are opinions here and there, like “Come on, not use any shampoo? How is that even possible!” “I’d be concerned about the smell. Could never do it!”
Even if you don’t feel like you can do it, washing your hair without using shampoo is not impossible. The thing is, even if you don’t use shampoo, your hair won’t be dirty, and it won’t smell.
Those who are worried about greasy hair have this problem because they use shampoo too much.
The reason why premature baldness in men and thinning hair in women has risen recently is because we started using shampoo.
Why is Water-Shampoo good for your scalp?
Because washing your hair with shampoo causes you to lose too many of the natural oils in your scalp.Using a shampoo with strong detergents day after day destroys the natural balance of oils in the scalp, and the number of hairs you lose when you wash your hair also increases.
By not using shampoo and other products, you can wash your hair without exposing your skin to irritants.
Those who have fragile hair can cause the proteins in hair to become damaged, just by having certain types of shampoo on their skin.
Can You Clean Dirt Away From Your Hair Just By Using Water?
I remember that when I first changed to water-shampooing my hair I had a sense that it was kind of sticky, but now when I touch my scalp it’s neither sticky nor flaky, so it doesn’t shine with grease.
Healthy bacteria also live in the skin of your scalp. They protect the scalp. When you use cleansing products including detergents, the healthy bacteria can’t proliferate. Bad bacteria increase in number, and they also cause a “smell”.
By simply massaging hot water into your hair, the skin won’t be damaged and your hair won’t smell either.
There’s no particular smell, and your hair will be clean
When I was using various shampoos, my scalp would be dry for several hours after washing, and in the evening my scalp would become greasy and often itchy, and would start to smell. Now, my hair always has just the right amount of moisture, and I even have a “halo” of shine. In the evening and night it doesn’t get greasy. I was really surprised that the smell disappeared, too.
Water-Shampooing Actually Worked!p
I used to always shampoo my hair in the morning and evening every day. Of course, it was greasy.
It’s about 6 months since I started water-shampooing, and my hair doesn’t smell, and the greasiness has improved.
And now it also shines, and my hair seems thicker.
Reports that hair loss has decreased.
You can avoid making spots worse, rough skin, and redness.
Hair feels clean. Full of Volume.
Even when I’ve had a bath, the natural partings of my hair aren’t visible, and I used get terrible bed hair that was a hassle to deal with every morning, but now I almost never get bed hair either.
I never really had that much natural oil in my hair, and it seems like when I used shampoo I was basically getting rid of it all.
I have terribe dermatitis, if mild shampoo was also going to be a problem, I tried changing to washing my hair just with warm water.
When I did, my dandruff became less evident, and skin redness went away too.
I’ve only been doing it for two weeks, but it seem to suit me.
The Trick To Successful Water-Shampooing
Wash your hair daily without reducing the number of times you wash your hair.
Take your time to wash hair gently.
Don’t suddenly stop using shampoo, but reduce the number of times you wash your hair gradually to once every two days, then once every three days.
The important thing is to wash your hair with water every day to remove sweat, and to remove the skin that should be exfoliated anyway.
At first, you’ll probably be concerned about your hair being dry, but this is the dryness of hair that has been damaged by detergents from using shampoo and conditioner.
Before washing your hair, make sure you brush it carefully.
You should do this not simply because you’re thinking about shampoo, but because you’re thinking about your health as a whole.
(Caution) Saying that this has an effect on thinning hair is not to say that “your genetically thinning hair will suddenly get better and you’ll have a luscious head of hair”, but rather that “thinning hair caused by shampoo really will improve” and “even in cases where hair is thinning due to genetics, the hair will seem to have more volume because it will have more body”.
Comments from 2ch.net:
Umm, yeah, thing is, it’s genetic.
Seems like if you just wash your hair with warm water you won’t remove any of the oil at the roots.
My mate’s doing it.
I don’t reckon it smells or looks particularly greasy or anything.
And me, I wash my hair with a bar of soap.
I use shampoo but have a full head of hair.
Isn’t baldness genetic?
If you’re going bald, you’re going bald, no matter what you do. You can’t escape it.
Baldies are gullible.
Pretty obvious that it’s better not to use shop-bought shampoos.
Those things have got all kinds of unnecessary stuff in them, perfume, silicon polymers — stuff that’ll make you go bald easily.
Weren’t there fewer bald people in the old days?
Those baldies’ll believe anything.
Smelly people are more of a bother than bald people.
Never see bald homeless people.
I’ve been using soap and haven’t gone bald in 40 years.
Baldness is genetic. Try though you might, it’s futile. Washed my hair morning and night for 20 years. Still have a full head that gets cut twice per month. No baldness in the family.
You’d have loads of dandruff — better to use shampoo.
If someone with terrible dandruff tried this it’d just get worse.