Quick Trick To Getting Cleaner Water Only Hair Washes

Quick Trick for Cleaner Water Only Washes - Just Primal Things

Hi, yes I’m still alive, and yes I’m bringing this blog back! My posts have become quite sporadic, and after reflecting as to why, I’ve realized part of that is due to me wanting to cram a plethora of knowledge into every post to make them as helpful as possible. But when I sit down to write, I feel like I’m about to climb a mountain in order to get the end result I want. It’s daunting. And so I procrastinate, or I take days to finish one post, and that’s not sustainable. I think the only way for me to overcome this is to create shorter posts that I can publish more frequently. I also think it’s important to share other topics that I’m interested in to keep the creative juices flowing between No Poo hair posts. I hope that’s okay with you. ♥

Quick Trick To Getting Cleaner Water Only Washes

Today I just want to share a very simple but SERIOUSLY effective trick I’ve found to getting cleaner Water Only hair washes. I think this tip can help those having issues with oily residue or buildup that can be caused by the minerals in hard water or just oil buildup over time. You can use this trick sparingly or every time you water wash your hair… whatever works for you and your hair/scalp. So here goes:

My Dry Shampoo Pre-Wash Trick

I’ve talked about dry shampoo in my previous posts, so we all know it absorbs oils and makes hair look clean and fluffy between washes. I’ve also mentioned that you should treat dry shampoo as a hair “wash” (especially if you apply a lot of it) since it absorbs oils which can make your scalp dry and think it needs to produce oils to compensate (like a hair wash does). I discovered the following trick by accident and realized it left my hair SUPER clean afterwards. And because I used the dry shampoo within an hour of washing my hair, I found that pairing it with a hair wash didn’t alter my oil production like a normal application of dry shampoo can. I hope it works for some of you, too! I’ve outlined some steps below to get cleaner hair washes from dry shampoo with the least amount of scalp oil production interruption.

Step 1:

When you hair is oily and needs to be water-washed, apply dry shampoo all over your hair. Get it on your roots and even down the first few inches of the length of your hair– basically apply it anywhere your hair looks stringy or oily. Gently massage it into your hair, brush it into your hair– get it all in there. (I highly recommend a natural dry shampoo like arrowroot / unsweetened cocoa powder that won’t dry out your hair like the commercial stuff does.) ***If you’re worried about interrupting your scalp’s oil production, keep the dry shampoo away from your scalp, and only on the actual hair strands!!***

Step 2:

For best results, wait about an hour for it to absorb into your hair. (This is a good time to wash your BBB so it’s clean, oil-free, and ready to be used on your freshly washed hair!) If you leave a lot of dry shampoo on your hair for too long, you should count it as an extra hair wash since it may absorb into your scalp and encourage your scalp to produce oils which interrupt your progress for training your scalp. An hour is enough time for it to absorb the oils from my hair, and not long enough to interrupt my scalp oil production, so tweak this time for what works for your hair/scalp.

Step 3:

Water wash your hair as usual. From my experience with this, the dry shampoo powder absorbed a lot of the hair oils, and then the warm water washed the powder away which took the oils with it. It’s sort of like a dry shampoo… shampoo. Again, I have to highly recommend using a natural dry shampoo that won’t dry out your hair. I use arrowroot mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder!


***For my dry shampoo recipe & more info about dry shampoo, see Tip #3 here.***


I hope this helps some of you! As always, let me know how your experience went in the comments. Be well, and see you soon.








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    October 9, 2016

    Thanks so much for this! I’m looking forward to trying it out. So glad you’re posting again, and this post is super super helpful. I think hard water is causing some of the issues I’m facing, so I hope this works as a good solution :)

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    October 22, 2016

    thanks for your posts! I just started doing the no poo (it’s been a couple weeks) and my hair has really bad split ends so I’m thinking of getting it cut but know that hair dressers typically use shampoo to pre wash the hair…what do you suggest??

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      Just Primal Things
      November 11, 2016

      You can call ahead and check if the salon will be okay with just a cut and no hair wash. But some stylists want to wash your hair because it puts hair in an easy-to-work with state. If not, ask if they have any sulfate-free shampoo options. They usually do. Also ask if the stylist would be okay with not using any styling products which often contain silicones. If not, one hair wash won’t ruin all your progress. It may take a week to get back to where you are now. Just BBB!

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    October 23, 2016

    Hi, I have a question about boar bristle brush. Being a boy with 5 inches long hair, Do I need to use boar bristle brush? I have started No-poo 2 weeks ago.

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      Just Primal Things
      November 11, 2016

      If your hair is excessively oily, a BBB can help. Just make sure to clean it between brushing sessions. They are especially good at getting natural hair oils down to the ends of long hair (where the moisture is needed most). Since you have short hair, you don’t really need to worry about it. See how it goes!

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    November 8, 2016

    Cool tip! I use the same dry shampoo recipe as you do – just curious, can you still go 7-10 days without getting oily when you do this? Just want to make sure it won’t reset my scalp’s oil adjustments.

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      Just Primal Things
      November 11, 2016

      Amelia, Yes. I put tips in this post for how I avoided letting the dry shampoo mess with my oil production.

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    November 10, 2016

    I’ve just found your blog today after searching for help with this method. I washed my hair last night with watered down shampoo as I had a drip left in the bottom and got to thinking it was a bit pointless, hence I’m thinking of water washing only. I don’t wash my hair more than twice weekly anyway so this should be an easy transition. how long have you been water only washing and is it sustainable long term?

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