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post #421 of 435
hippycrite - maybe you are not using enough bs? i use quite a bit when my hair is oily. i spoon it onto my scalp so that it does not get on the ends of my hair. then i rub it in and let it sit while i stand in the shower for awhile.

post #422 of 435
Well, I was using more, but then my hair was getting really dry/straw feeling and my hair is noticably lighter. I don't really want it to get too much lighter. Even the days I used a lot more bs, my hair would feel about as oily as it does now after two days.
post #423 of 435
Tracy, I think most people use it dry and don't rinse it, but I didn't want to do that. Especially since I use a wooden bristle brush so there's no way it was going to get it all out

Hippycrite, are you using the cornstarch on wet hair? (I ask because you said it was pasty). You are supposed to brush it into dry hair. And then brush it out, or rinse it out like I do. Are you really, really scrubbing? I do not use BS at all (scared of the lightening!) but I really scrub my hair with my fingers and I think that is what is mostly taking care of the oily scalp I used to have. And I use vinegar every day and that cuts it too. I use wine or balsamic vinegar, but I don't think there would be a difference.

Also, have you tried anything else to wash with? I tried an egg and that worked great. I've also "washed" with various teas, such as nettle, rosemary and sage. I followed the tea and eggs with a vinegar rinse as usual.

Mary, I bet the yogurt is great for the hair. You should try following your toddler's example and tell us all how it worked,
post #424 of 435
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Originally posted by ShannonCC
Hippycrite, are you using the cornstarch on wet hair? (I ask because you said it was pasty). You are supposed to brush it into dry hair. And then brush it out, or rinse it out like I do. Are you really, really scrubbing? I do not use BS at all (scared of the lightening!) but I really scrub my hair with my fingers and I think that is what is mostly taking care of the oily scalp I used to have. And I use vinegar every day and that cuts it too. I use wine or balsamic vinegar, but I don't think there would be a difference.

Also, have you tried anything else to wash with? I tried an egg and that worked great. I've also "washed" with various teas, such as nettle, rosemary and sage. I followed the tea and eggs with a vinegar rinse as usual.
I used cornstarch on dry hair, but it seemed to mix with the oil and make paste. I'll try rinsing it out next time. I've been scrubbing as much as I can in my short showers, my daughter makes showering challenging. I haven't tried anything else at this point because I don't *have* anything else, but maybe once we get some money (if I can wait that long, DP was out of work and the new job isn't paying as well as we thought). Maybe I'll try an egg tomorrow. Thanks for the ideas
post #425 of 435
Ah, how old is your dd? My dd is my spirited child and as a high need toddler I went through a period where I only showered on the weekends And of course, since I was still using poo on the weekends I was a total greaseball during the week :LOL My ds is my little laid back dude and I can actually shower this time around

Do you have any herbs in the spice cabinet? Sage, rosemary and thyme all work (hmmm, sounds like a song I wonder if parsley does anything for hair?) If you have any chamomile tea, try that.

If you do the egg, mix it with a little water (no more than 1/2 a cup) and remember to use coolish water to rinse, not hot ! Actually, Rachelle said if your hair is too oily, try just an egg white, not the whole egg. Good luck
post #426 of 435
veganmomma - 'Sappy' is pretty funny.

Aimee - I'm sorry to hear you're having frustration... I know my hair's gotten greasy pretty easily, luckily I don't much care if it gets lighter, so I've been using BS early and often... I've got some jojoba base oil and bunches of EOs to combat dryness (AND I'm willing to share, is what I'm saying). Want me to bring you some?

I actually had a question about the lightening -- those of you who are using lemon juice and lightening your hair, does it do it evenly throughout or in highlighty-streaky sections?

I thought it might be a nice change to have some lemon juice highlights, but I'd rather have just highlights and was wondering if it does it automatically or if I'd have to be careful with how I apply the lemon juice... I might not have the patience for that.
post #427 of 435

Hmm, not too sure about that olive oil in the hair idea!

Okay, so it was two nights ago that I did Hair Spa with the olive oil and rosemary eo and here I am with still greasy hair (softer hands though ) even after three (3) washes with ever more BS!
So, I don't know what to do next. I'm sort of hoping that it will eventually just soak in and that will be that.

Last night I first just rubbed bs in dry (since dry wasn't very dry) and for a minute I thought it was really going to work (this was round 2 with the bs) but after I rinsed it out my hair was still really oily. After the third wash it felt a lot better but it is still pretty gross.

So, here I am, oily as ever and I just don't feel like bothering with it tonight so I'll see if my let-it-soak-in theory works! Anyway, I don't want to be a downer but I would go slow with that olive oil on the head!
post #428 of 435
Here's a no 'poo visual --

http://homepage.mac.com/jentoal/jpho...954/index.html

This is about as greasy as I can handle getting.
post #429 of 435
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So I don't know. It's tempting to shampoo just so I can feel like my hair is CLEAN again. I almost used a bit of Dr. Bronner's on it this morning and I'm sitting here resisting the urge to run to the shower and do it.
Hippycrite,
I've pulled out my copy of EB&HH and she gives some shampoo recipes which seem very gentle. Here are the proportions. It sounds like you've got most of what you need to create it:

herbs (for infusion)
10 ounces water
3 oz castile soap (ie Dr. B's)
1/2 tsp olive oil (or sesame for oily hair or jojoba for dry)
essential oils (various drops)

My point for listing it was that basically in her gentle shampoos castile is the alkaline ingredient and this gives an idea of how much to use. I tried Dr. B "straight" once and it was way too much and dried me out. But I'm thinking if you dissolved it in some water (like you would the baking soda) it might give you a little more alkaline "punch" and cut the oil out.

I think we're all different in finding the right balance of alkaline and frequency of washing. Heck, I think veganmomma is using her BS every day because she likes her hair so fluffy. That's not as bad as using shampoo but is pretty alkaline. Contrast that to some folks who are doing BS once or twice a week or less. It's very individual.

I second Shannon on the vigorous scalp work. I have been giving myself a scalp massage every few days, particularly before I wash my hair. It has seemed to really improve things for me contrary to what I always thought it would (I used to think it would increase my oil production but now I think it has helped balance me and my scalp is healthier). Plus it's a GREAT stress reliever and feels SO GOOD.
post #430 of 435
Plady, I used olive oil friday and it's better today. Very oily friday, oily saturday, still oily today but not as bad. I don't like it, but at least it's not dirty, smelly greasy, just oily. I'm not using BS, just washing it out with various things (vinegar, sage and tried honey today). So yes, it will get better and I'm not doing it again either :LOL

It was worth it to discover the skin benefits though. I'm putting it on my hands every night and morning now and it's just awesome.

Anyone have any tips for hair growth? I have a thinning patch on top of my head that's bugged me for awhile. I am scrubbing my scalp really well every day and I brush with the wood bristle brush which is like a massage too. I am also hoping going no poo will help. Any other suggestions?
post #431 of 435
I love the olive oil on my dry ends. I mix it with a little lavender EO. I just put a SMALL amount in my hands and rub my hands together to 'emulsify' then work it into my ends. I make sure to rub it in well then brush it with the boar bristle brush. It is so shiny and very soft. The first time I did it I used to much and ended up with an oily mess. Less is definitely more!

Laurie
post #432 of 435
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! I've been MIA for a bit......we're visiting my mom & brother & sisters on the east coast for a couple weeks. Its kinda nice to take a break from the puter....but I wanted to check in and see how the no-poo gals were doing

It seems like some of you are going through some frustration. Just remember.....it took years and years of shampooing to get your hair to its current condition......it *may* take a little longer than a week or two or even three for the oils to balance out and your scalp to get over "shampoo withdrawl" LOL I feel pretty lucky.......I'm BSing maybe once every week and a half or so......with just plain water washes & ACV rinses in between.

Jentle....your hair looks fabulous.....despite you saying its a greasepit! I think it looks lovely and you remind me of Lady Godiva

Must run......will check in more often.......Tired2X....still on the hunt for "our" widu brush. If I can get it at cost...I'll let ya know.

We're starting a new thread for March......c'mon over!

Lisa
post #433 of 435

Anti-frizz Idea for Curly Tops

I have been experimenting ways to moisturize my dry , frizzy multi-ethnic hair and remembered a trick I used when Jerry Curls were all the rage. And it is working for me.

In a spray bottle, I mix equal parts almond oil (coconut and olive work too - but I like the almond smell) and filtered water. {Back in middle school we used baby oil.} I'd experiment with how much oil to water. As my hair never ever gets oily, I use 50/50.

I spray this on dry hair - saturating my mop. Finger comb and dry naturally. No frizz.
post #434 of 435
My hair is doing poorly after a month of being great with no shampoo. It's looking flat and heavy but also a bit frizzy on top- it's long and thick. I just did the BS/ACV and this time it didn't seem to work.

I bought a Burt's Bee's Baby shampoo bar- but the fragrance is almost knocking me out- I don't want to smell like that - my eyes are watering.
post #435 of 435
i haven't used shampoo for about a month now. I've been doing a bs wash every 2nd or 3rd day followed with water rinse, then acv rinse followed by another water rinse. Early on I tried this shampoo bar thingy that really did strange things to my hair...made it all clumpy. Sometimes I have rinsed with water with a few drops of tto or lavendar. My hair is so thick and wavy and tends to get tangles very easily. I used some regular conditioner the other day and it got the tangles out. I want to find something else to use to detangle, any ideas? The acv does make my hair soft, but it doesn't help with all the tangles. My hair is looking good though, I'll post a picture when I get one. The other pictures I have seen look great.
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