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going to *try* shampoo-free

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Jumping right in here... I used to post a bit on the diaper-sewing board but mostly just lurk and read all the incredibly informative posts in various forums.

Working OOH several days/nights a week (I'm a shiftworking single mama) has me washing my hair every day on the ones that I work and sometimes on the ones that I don't as well. I know that's not good for it and it encourages oil production but it's kind of to the point where I HAVE to. So I want to try the no-shampoo thing. Let it be known that I am quite nervous and I absolutely hate the feel of even slightly-greasy hair. My grandfather (97.5yrs!!) passed away on Tuesday and with my compassionate leave I'll be off until Saturday and then I've done a shift change to be off on Sunday too (because otherwise I'd have been off since Tuesday, work Sunday night, and then be off until the following Wednesday) so I figure now is as good a time as any to start.

Rambling right along... I read a good chunk of info here last night but am wondering if someone could spell it out for me? Please? I have straight, relatively thick, hair just down to my shoulders. I don't have any of the other things mentioned besides honey, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar (also have regular white, red wine, and mango vinegars
How much baking soda do I need?
What should the solution ratios be?
Should I use honey and why and how much and how?
How much ACV do I need and what should the solution be?

I'm sure the ratios are subject to personal preference among other things but what is a starting point (especially since I really know nothing about it)? I washed my hair this morning and already when I touch it, it has an "ick, I need to wash it tomorrow" feel. I know I'm a little more intolerant of my hair's washed/unwashed state than I should be but if I don't like how it feels...

Help! I do need to wash it tomorrow and want it to be a baking soda wash. How do I do it?

Thanks much!!

PS: I did read through the sticky and will do so again. I also read a several pages of the March thread but got a little lost in there because I'm not up on the lingo/process.

One last thing and this may seem like a silly question but does this work best in the shower? I'm sure many of you shower (as opposed to bath) for water conservation but with a toddler running around and no one to keep an eye on him if I'm in the shower, I often find myself washing my hair hanging my head over the tub in the morning and then grabbing a nice hot bath in the evening.
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Here's some links that spell out the no-shampoo method, using the baking soda and vinegar combo. Long-haired ladies may also benefit from the "Conditioner Only" (CO) method or the "Condition-Wash-Condition" (C-W-C) method too.

Doing this in the shower ensures that you rinse properly - which is key to helping to get the baking soda and vinegar out of your hair and not leave any residues. Rinsing seems to be the key to nice hair for this method. Be forewarned that it can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks to 6 months for hair to adjust to the lack of commercial detergent-based shampoos. The March No-shampoo thread will make more sense as you get into the no-shampoo regimen.


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Originally Posted by Spastica
Be forewarned that it can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks to 6 months for hair to adjust to the lack of commercial detergent-based shampoos.
And in the meantime, what? Will it feel greasy? Will I just need to do it more often. Or less?? I can't have it look/feel unwashed or I will go insane. I'm sooooo afraid!! LOL
It's a transitional period. Some people find that they get the greasies, some people get itchies, some people get frizzy hair and dry dandruff.

Based on how your hair responds, you may need to adjust your baking soda or apple cider vinegar content or dilution. You may need to have some essential oils thrown in to work on any problems (tea tree or lavender oil for extra sebum or dandruff problems, etc).

Actually, when I started no-poo I had great results and then way later things started to go wrong with the seasons changing and my hair changing its needs. But I think I fixed the problem in the last two days.

I happen to still have to cleanse my hair everyday and have had the courage to go maybe one day without cleansing. Again, even though I've been doing this a few months, I'm still learning about the process and my hair. I'm the same way as you, I can't stand greasy hair and I get depressed if my hair looks gross for extended periods of time (like the past few weeks when I had no clue how to help my hair that was SO friggin flat and lacking personality, but not greasy, I didn't know what to do).

We're here for you. There are women (and men and children) who have been doing no-poo for years and raved the success of going no-poo in these forums. You'll have a love/hate relationship with your hair and the no-poo process but eventually you'll notice a difference in your hair: no split ends, healthy-looking shine, no crispy-dried-fried hair. If you had curly hair when you were a child or in your teen years, those curls may come back.

If you're seriously worried and scared or just curious about the entire process and need help, keep writing back here. I'm getting kind of addicted to checking these forums and I'll respond to you if nobody else will, lol. Everybody's really good about pitching in their feedback though.

Some people even keep a hair journal to jot down what's working and what's not - the people who do this usually experiment with different oils and substances though.

Write back when you have a chance! Good luck!

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I just started the no-poo thing, too! My head is already itching & has some pimple type things. Maybe I could pick up an EO to help? What is recommended and how do I use that in the BS/ASV system??

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.
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Thanks so much, Spastica!! I'm sure I'll need a lot of handholding.
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