Thanks I think I'll give it a try when I wash today (I'm going to have Friday be my wash day now). How often did you wash it with BS/conditioner?
Every 3 days would probably be good.
I used 1/8 tsp. baking soda mixed into 1/4 cup conditioner and added some water to it and shook then washed with that. I left it on for a few minutes and scrubbed the scalp like normal. I'm really liking the results. I didn't have any dryness or greasiness, my hair seems fuller and it has some really interesting highlights to it. Red in my dark brown. Interesting indeed.
Just stumbled across this thread. I've been no poo for right at one year now. It has been a huge learning process for me, but I am glad I stuck with it. There is a no poo forum that helped me tremendously:
It is my go-to site for no poo questions. There is a GREAT spreadsheet linked on the site somewhere that has an extensive list of herbs and other things and their effect on your hair/scalp. It is a fabulous resource.
I started off using the usual BS wash AVC rinse recipe, and it worked really well for a while. The BS really cleaned my hair well, but I soon realized that it was making my chest break out after showering, and my scalp was angry. So, I set out to find something else that would get my hair clean and not leave red splotches all over me. I tried so many things, and many of them failed miserably.
Finally I read about ayurvedic herbs (Indian herbs). Went to a local Indian grocery store and had to have the guy behind the counter help me find what I was looking for. I am very obviously not Indian, so I think he knew I was kinda lost. Anyhow, I bought a box of neem, shikakai, and aritha. I spend something like $7 or $9 total. WOW! And the boxes lasted me a good while. To my great happiness, they cleaned my hair well! The neem helps my scalp since I have quite a bit of dandruff/flaking issues.
Another favorite of mine is honey-- seems to really help moisturize my hair. I also use egg from time to time for shine, but it seems that I end up with a little bit of scrambled egg in my hair no matter how cold I seem to think the water is!
It took me a while to realize I was going through the "transition" period. I had to wean myself into washing my hair less and less, and the more I would stretch out my washes, over time I noticed I could go longer between washes. I have long hair and so ponytails are always easy for me if my hair is yucky. Sometimes I only wash my hair because I think my scalp is getting smelly or my hair is really flaky. I can now get away with just a vinegar rinse on some days when my hair isn't particularly oily.
Oh, and adding good smelling essential oils to the vinegar rinse is a must for me. DH hates the smell of vinegar in my hair, so masking it with something nice like lavender is great! Rosewater in a spray bottle is good, too.