Hello! It’s Ali, Affiliate Editor, writing. Earlier than you dive into the story beneath, I wish to inform you a bit bit about Ariana Roberts. She’s a buddy of a buddy I met by means of Instagram—she has a job in sustainability, a dry-as-a-bone humorousness, and a water-only magnificence routine. You learn that proper, of us: her thick, bouncy curls and pure glow are because of nothing however H2O. Ariana’s been water-only for over seven years now, however mentally, I could not transfer previous the primary few weeks of what that course of may need been like. So after following her for some time, I reached out to be taught every thing. Under, what going water-only was like, in her personal phrases.

“I moved to France to work for the state, doing carbon seize and storage. It was a very cool job—I’d journey throughout France, connect hydrogen to rock formations, after which analyze the way it expands. At that time I used to be a giant product junkie. I acquired facials each week or bi-weekly, and I used to be getting my hair blown out each week.

The onerous water in Paris was actually tough on my hair. Between that and my Japanese thermal straightening remedy, my hair stopped rising and I knew I needed to simply minimize all of it off. And the water plus stress was additionally breaking out my pores and skin. I attempted a bunch of merchandise, all approached from a sustainability perspective. Buly 1803 and Grand Cafe Tortoni each have bulk merchandise in lovely glass packaging. I attempted RMS make-up, oil cleaning, each micellar water, Retin-A… I all the time tried to maintain weight loss plan, however I additionally began taking zinc dietary supplements to attempt to heal it internally. I attempted each product there was, and nothing was serving to. It was so irritating—I lived on this lovely metropolis, and I actually didn’t exit as a result of I used to be so self-conscious about my pores and skin. I believed that I needed to put on a lot make-up, however it made every thing worse.

In 2013, I went on a visit to Morocco. I met a girl there who had essentially the most lovely hair and pores and skin, so I requested her what she did. Aside from henna to cowl her grays, she simply used water—water to clean her hair, and water to clean her face at night time. Since merchandise weren’t working for me, I made a decision I’d give {that a} strive. And that’s essentially the most sustainable factor of all anyway. I can’t think about what number of bottles of packaging I’ve saved.

I put a filter in my toilet, the Arirangion Ionizer, and that helped so much. My pores and skin’s transition was very easy—I simply began washing with solely water and a washcloth at night time, and as quickly as I did that, my pores and skin began to enhance. There was extra trial and error with my hair. There’s lots of data on-line about going water-only, and complete boards on Livejournal of individuals’s experiences. I believe the place individuals go improper shouldn’t be realizing that while you don’t have the surfactants in shampoo that will help you take away impurities, it’s a must to do it your self. It’s lots of elbow grease. Within the bathe I actually have to wash to mechanically take away the grime. I wash my hair each two weeks, which incorporates scrubbing, and in between I simply rinse. To stop my hair from getting sweaty and soiled once I work out, I put on a very thick cotton headband and a ponytail. There’s additionally a course of known as scrinching, the place you therapeutic massage your hair along with your fingertips to distribute the pure oils. Numerous individuals scrinch their hair three or 4 instances a day, however as a result of my hair is dry and curly, I solely wanted to do it twice a day. At first my hair acquired a waxy patch on high, and blowouts helped in the course of the transition interval. However after that, I completely stopped warmth styling. I don’t even personal a hair dryer or a curling iron now—if I desire a type, I do heatless rag curls.

My mother and grandma had been very nervous once I stopped getting facials and went water-only. I really assume they had been nervous that I’d completely given up—and possibly that I’d odor or one thing. For the document, I don’t odor. I by no means stopped utilizing physique cleaning soap, and my hair actually doesn’t odor like something. Individuals who know I’m water solely, even whole strangers, all the time ask to odor my hair. There’s no odor! Anyway, my grandma was all the time attempting to purchase me BB cream and stuff, however she ended up admitting that my hair and pores and skin improved so much. And now she’s water-only for essentially the most half too. She had been for many of her life, till she acquired so much older and got here to this nation from Korea—there are cities in Korea the place they simply wash their hair with rice water. They’ve lengthy, thick, shiny hair and it doesn’t odor.

Throughout COVID, I’ve wished to get again into merchandise simply to really feel a bit pampered. However I’m hesitant once I buy one thing new, as a result of essentially the most sustainable product is the one you’ll really use. The one make-up merchandise I’ve are Ilia mascara and a lip and cheek tint from Urb Apothecary, which is vegan and is available in zero-waste packaging. And now I’m beginning to moisturize and use sunscreen each day, and typically I put Bathing Tradition oil on my face and physique. I don’t assume I’ll ever return to utilizing merchandise on my hair.

With water-only, I all the time inform those who it’s a must to work out what works for you. Everyone’s genetics, way of life, and surroundings are completely different. That was the toughest half—once I tried to repeat what different individuals had been doing, it didn’t work out. My transition interval would in all probability have been so much shorter if I used to be engaged on discovering what labored for me as an alternative of getting slowed down with researching what different individuals had been doing. If you wish to strive water-only, work out your personal circumstances and adapt your routine to them.”

—as instructed to ITG

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