View Full Version : How do you wash your hair without a shower?
September 1st, 2006, 07:48 PM
So, I've moved back home from college to take my last class at the local community college, and our shower is unusable. My dad has been "remodeling" the bathroom for about three years now, and no one has grouted and sealed the shower walls yet, meaning we can only use the tub. My grandparents live next door, still on our property, and I can sometimes go use their shower, but not too often. I don't want to bug them.
I've tried using the faucet to wash my hair once, and I won't be doing that again. I've already been getting some really bad tangles lately, and that made it ten times worse. I must have shed a small dog by the time I was fully detangled. I think it was from having my hair upside down.
Anyone have any suggestions or tips? I'm sure we're not the only showerless house around. :D
September 1st, 2006, 08:02 PM
I usually wash my hair in the bath tub, and I rinse it with a nice big pitcher. I get fresh water from the faucet for rinsing. It works fine for me, even doing CO washes. It just takes kind of a while, maybe 5 or 10 minutes.
September 1st, 2006, 08:05 PM
In India, we often just take a 'bath' which involves filling a bucket with warm water and using a mug to pour water onto ourselves. If you don't want to wash hair, you just wear a shower cap. This works pretty well for a hairwash along with a body bath or just a hair wash! :) You can do this in the tub with the drain open of course! Hope this helps!
September 1st, 2006, 08:14 PM
You could also get one of those movable shower head type things. They have them more commonly in Europe or at least France from my experience. It's just a spray head that has a flexible pipe that works great for rinsing hair in the tub.
Or try keeping a pitcher and refilling.
September 1st, 2006, 08:41 PM
Hmmm, I did try rinsing with a cup of water before resorting to kneeling under the faucet, but it didn't feel like I got everything rinsed out. Maybe I should just try it for longer, then, and get a larger pitcher. I'm excited to try a CO, anyway, because I finally found VO5 kiwi lime squeeze conditioner! Wohoo! *ahem* Anyway, thanks for the help. :flowers:
September 1st, 2006, 09:50 PM
Or, if you get a large bowl, you can swish your hair around in that. Also, the bathtub faucet works well, if you get into the bath, and turn so your feet are where your head should be, and vice versa.
September 1st, 2006, 10:45 PM
lol i just wrote about this in my journal.
i fill the baby bath in the bath with water then use a jug.
if i wash in the bath i have to kneel right up like a meercat i wash with a jug and bath water. but then leave the condish on till the end empty the batha nd use fresh water from the taps.
i so want a shower!
i used to have a shower head that fit on the taps but really its too long, i need to wash standing up. (with bikini bottoms on ewww need i say more.)
September 2nd, 2006, 12:06 AM
Do you know those sprayers they have for the kitchen sink,they have one you
can attach to the side of your toilet too,some cloth diapering mama's have them.Then you could rinse ya hair in the sink and get it all out its a sprayer,that is if your toilet is next to your sink like mine is.
They go for 35 dollars at the home depot.
I like the other ladies ideas too the pitcher is a good idea too
September 2nd, 2006, 01:57 AM
Until 2 weeks ago when I got my Aquasana shower filter, I had been washing my hair in the kitchen sink. It worked out fine--no problems with tangles.
September 2nd, 2006, 03:51 AM
I've used a pitcher for the last week or so because we had some bath work done and couldn't use the shower. Ah, the little things you take for granted.
I used fresh water from the faucet and it took a few times before I felt that I had rinsed well.
September 2nd, 2006, 04:27 AM
A really cheap alternative would be to buy a "pet shower" it's rubber and one end fits over top of the faucet. You can get one for around $6.00.
September 2nd, 2006, 05:15 AM
I think a bigger pitcher would definitely help! I use a two-litre jug, and I wash leaning backwards - if I try to wash my hair upside-down it turns into a huge mass of tangles.
Best of luck and I hope your bathroom refitting is finished soon!
September 2nd, 2006, 08:41 AM
Tupperware makes HUGE plastic bowls ("Thatsabowl") that are perfect for washing long hair. The bowl can be placed on a surface that's higher than a sink and much more comfy than leaning over a tub!
I use mine when deep conditioning, and don't feel like getting back into the shower again. Perfect!
That bending the back & neck over a sink or tub with wet, heavy hair gives me horrendous neck pain--always did, even with shorter hair!
Two large size Thatsabowls would be even better. One for clear water to pre-moisten the hair (and final rinse) and the other to catch all the junk you're putting in & washing out.
September 2nd, 2006, 09:08 AM
I haven't lived in a house with a shower since 1979. I either wash my hair in the kitchen sink or wash in the bathtub. The kitchen sink wash is a pain because I have to load the dishwasher to make room for my hair in the sink. :silly: Some say this causes tangles but if you brush your brush to the kitchen and brush all your hair forward before you stick your head in the sink you won't have many tangles at all. Finger comb it well before standing up and wrapping your head in a towel. Most of the time I sit in the tub and do my bath and hair washing at the same time. My son replaced the old spigot with one that had a place to attach a hand held shower thingie. It works great. I can sit in the tub and my hair is rinsed down my back just like it would be in a real shower. I'm not real happy with this situation but it's the best I can do for now.
September 2nd, 2006, 09:55 AM
Get one of those rubber/plastic shower thingys at Sally's. Attach to the tub faucet, bend over the tub and go to town. :grin:
This is how I washed my hair growing up. We had no shower.
Shoot- this is how I wash my hair now even with a shower. I use the laundry tub downstairs. :silly:
September 4th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Growing up we did not have a shower we either used the sink because it had a nozzel or just put your head under the spout or use a cup in the bathtub.
September 4th, 2006, 05:50 PM
I almost always wash my hair in the kitchen sink...I know you mentioned that you get tangles with doing it this way, though, so that may not help. I always flip my head over and brush my hair first (to kind of get it going in the right direction) then just bend over the sink and wash.
September 4th, 2006, 11:24 PM
I wash my hair in the bath (even though we have 2 showers in our house). It is not such an issue now that I am WO as all I do is I lie down and wet my hair in the bath and give it a good massage at the same time.
When I was CO'ing (and shampooing and conditioning before that) I would wet it the same way and do the rinses the same way. I often used a jug to do a final rinse with clean water.
September 5th, 2006, 01:19 AM
I sometimes fill my bath up with clean warm water and bend over and put my head in the bath and wash my hair like that. They I will climb in and have a normal bath. At least then I don't feel like my hair is being washed in dirty water
September 5th, 2006, 01:51 AM
I don't. I never could get the hang of washing in the sink or kneeled down beside the bathtub. I think either would kill my neck.
September 5th, 2006, 02:39 AM
I don't have a shower either, but I have one of those movable showers heads which can also be attached to the wall. I can wash my hair upside down over the tub or take a shower in the tub. This is really great if there is no space for a shower.
September 5th, 2006, 07:31 AM
Well, I tried a CO and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed, but my hair still felt sort of coated. I did a vinegar rinse, but it didn't help much. I just can't wash my hair upside down anymore, due to tangles. Maybe I'll just stretch my hair-washing out longer and do it next door in their shower.
September 5th, 2006, 07:37 AM
OK...for CO'ing, dilute the conditioner 50% with water. That will keep it from feeling coated. It will be more "runny"...that's okay...just pour a bit on top, work it in, pour a bit more on top, work that in, etc. The runniness will make the conditioner go all the way to the ends, which is a good thing.
As for tangles and the sink, I'm so sorry that doesn't work for you. I think I may be getting to that stage soon too, because my hair is already long enough to get into the drain a little while I'm rinsing. I second the motion of buying one of those shower head thingies. Sit in the tub and use the shower attachment on your hair. It should work just like a shower would, and that way you don't have to be upside-down and get tangly.
September 5th, 2006, 03:04 PM
I have always used the kitchen sink, I bend over and comb my hair before putting it in the sink, then when I put the conditioner on I keep combing as I rinse it and I never have any tangles.
September 5th, 2006, 03:46 PM
When I lived on a farm without a shower as a teenager, I used the laundry tub because it was so much deeper than the bathtub (I had waist length hair then). Plus I found bending over the bathtub spigot on my knees on the tile floor was hard on both my back and knees. If the laundry tub was nasty or someone was doing laundry I would use the kitchen sink.