Most people put a tablespoon of baking soda in an old shampoo bottle, cup, or travel sized shampoo bottles, and put water in it to make like a saline solution.
Soak your hair and scalp with water thoroughly. Then squirt this baking soda mixture directly all over their scalp. If you need to use your fingers to part your hair a little, do so. Using the scalp massage method, gently scrub your entire scalp, hairline, skull, crown, sideburns, and everywhere with the pads of your fingers (no fingernails).
Leave your hair like this, with the baking soda solution in your hair and scalp, and your other shower duties. Near the end, rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly with water, parting your hair with your fingers and making sure everything is rinsed clean. Rinsing seems to be the key to how your hair looks. It doesn't matter what the temperature of the water is, whatever makes you comfortable.
Then take an old cup, shampoo bottle or spray bottle of diluted apple cider vinegar (the benchmark is 1/2 water to 1/2 apple cider vinegar, but you can change the dilution based on what your hair needs) - and rinse your hair with it. Some people rinse apple cider vinegar on their entire heads and scalps, others do only the length of their hair (ears down), some people do the very ends of their hair only.
You can keep this on for a while if you'd like (especially if you have it on your scalp - apple cider vinegar cures dandruff) or rinse it immediately with lots of water. Again, part your hair if needed.
Here are some helpful links for essential oils:
Tea Tree Oil
Essential Oil and Herbal info
Jenna: Some people experience the pimple thingies as part of 'detox'. Some other people experience it if they haven't scrubbed their scalps properly or have special essential oil needs.
Here's some solutions:
- If you want to try an essential oil first, you can try adding tea tree oil or lavender.
- Another thing is to spray a lot of apple cider vinegar onto your scalp (diluted or undiluted, whichever you prefer) and let it sit there as long as you can stand prior to cleaning your hair. Apple cider vinegar kills any yeasts, and gets rid of dandruff problems. It also normalizes your scalp's pH. You may have good luck with this remedy.
- Also, you may benefit from adding some ground uncooked oatmeal to the baking soda to scrub your scalp (you can blend uncooked oatmeal yourself or get a bag of oat flour from the grocery store).
Brogan'sMom: if you have greasy hair to start with, you can try adding some drops of orange essential oil, lavender, and/or tea tree oil to help degrease your scalp oils.
NOTE TO ALL: too much essential oil can make your hair greasy or you can have irritation because it's not diluted properly. Check out the links I have posted to see the proper way to use essential oils - other than lavender and typically orange or grapefruit oils, most essential oils cannot be put on skin directly without diluting with water or carrier oils (vegetable oils like olive oil or hair-friendly oils like jojoba, apricot seed, castor, almond, etc). Tea tree oil can be put directly on facial acne and other blemishes, but some people experience irritation with tea tree oil straight. For best results, dilute. If you put the essential oils in your baking soda dilution, it will already have water, so that is fine.