This is my second time trying to go no 'poo--big greasy failed attempt over a decade ago--and I can't find answers to my questions despite spending the past couple of hours Googling! Maybe it's because there is just so much info out there now (versus there not being any the first time I tried this all those years ago, ironically) or because unfortunately it seems to be such a trial-and-error process.
Anyhow, my two big questions are:
1. How often do you baking-soda wash at the very beginning? All those blogs and websites that write about no 'poo tell you how often you can go without washing after your hair has adjusted. But at first, do you wash as often as you used to with shampoo? I have very dry/greasy skin+scalp, and my hair is already looking awful after less than a week: flat and oily at the top, hair sticking out in all different directions (something that happens when I have over-buildup and need to use a clarifying shampoo), and my hair feels really stiff, coarse, and waxy. So I WANT to wash (with baking soda) often--every other day, at least. But some posts I've read say that overwashing is going to just make your scalp keep overproducing oil. Which way to go then? I'm also starting to break out in zits around my hairline and I feel pretty sure it's because of going no 'poo. Is that part of the transition period?
2. I just did the baking-soda wash and ACV rinse, and I can still smell that greasy hair smell coming from my scalp. Is this okay? Other bloggers who write about going no 'poo always seem to emphasize how their hair NEVER smelled bad, so I feel like something is not right or I just have a more sensitive nose than most people.
Please help! Really want this to work and would hate to fail and have to quit a second time!