|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.
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.