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I decided to try no-pooing today. I have been really unhappy with my shampoo lately and don't have the money to try lots of different poos. So, I used my BS to wash and a very diluted vinger rinse. However, I was thinking later and realized I needed some clarification.<br><br>
First, after washing with the bs, do you immediately rinse with the vinegar solution? Or do you rinse with water, then with vinegar, then with water again?<br><br>
And second, I would like to use some TTO when I wash. Do I add that to the vinegar rinse or to the baking soda wash? I am assuming I will only need one drop of the essential oil, correct?<br><br>
And third, I have seen that some ladies use lemon juice. Which made me wonder - lemon juice usually causes lightening if you are in the sun with wet hair. I don't dry my hair. Will vinegar cause the same effect?<br><br>
Thanks ladies!! Can't wait to see how no-pooing does on my hair!
 

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Here's what I do.<br><br>
1. Take 4 tbsp baking soda into a bowl. Take 3 tbsp acv to 29 oz water in a bottle and shake to mix.<br><br>
2. Wet hair really well. Part into several sections (I have long thick hair) to get better access to scalp.<br><br>
3. Mix bs with some water to form paste (if I was gonna use tto, I add it to bs and water now).<br><br>
4. Massage into scalp really well, focusing on the crown of head and hairline.<br><br>
5. Let bs sit on scalp while I wash my face and girly bits with leftover baking soda (about 2 tsp leftover in bowl).<br><br>
6. Rinse hair, face and body well with warm water.<br><br>
7. Pour acv and water mix over hair, getting some on my face too.<br><br>
8. Rinse very well with warm water and then I do a shot of cold water on my hair before getting out.
 

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Yep, what SG said!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Here's what I do:<br><br>
Mix BS with water in a cup, apply paste/liquid (depending on my mood that day) to my hair, scrub it in a little (or not, depending on my mood), then rinse. Then I pour a tiny amount of distilled white vinegar into my 16oz cup, fill with water, and dump over my head. Then I rinse again.<br><br>
Vinegar doesn't lighten hair the way lemon juice does.
 

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I use a solution of bs (about 1/4 cup in two cups of water) and pour it over my hair. Then I rinse with plain water. Then I use a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar in a two cup bottle, fill with water, makes for 3-4 uses for my long but fine hair. And that is my final rinse, since it's close to the pH that hair is naturally.<br><br>
I have this image of mixing bs and vinegar and the whole thing doing that 'volcano explosion' thing like science class, only all over my head. :LOL So, yes, I DEFINITELY rinse with water between them.<br><br>
As I understand it, the BS has a higher than neutral pH, which makes the imbrications (the overlapping scales on the outside of each hair shaft) sort of stand up from one another and also helps loosen excess oil from the hair. Then the plain water rinse can rinse away the dirt that might have been trapped in the imbrications, and the oil. Then the vinegar solution (lower than neutral pH) makes the imbrications close tightly against one another. This makes the hair shiny, less prone to tangles and keeps more moisture inside the hair shaft. It also helps the sebum move down the hair shaft to keep your hair naturally conditioned.<br><br>
I think that if you used a vinegar solution that was strong, it would probably have a lightening effect with repeated use, just like a strong lemon juice solution. The book I've been following for decades recommends a 1:7 vinegar rinse for normal to oily hair (as described above), and a 1:10 vinegar rinse for dry or treated hair.<br><br>
I occasionally use rosemary EO in the final vinegar rinse.<br><br>
You might also be interested in using beer as the final rinse. It's slight alcohol content makes it anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. If I'm having trouble with pimples on my scalp or hairline, I use beer and it clears it up pronto. Beer also has a slight styling gel effect. I only use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of beer, so it's not like you're wasting a whole beer. Flat, leftover beer is fine - don't quite finish a beer the day before you want to use it on your hair. And I sometimes add the rosemary EO to the beer to help cover the smell (which evaporates quickly anyway) and for rosemary's benefits to the hair.<br><br>
Hope that wasn't more than you wanted to know.
 

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You ladies are amazing!! Thanks for your feedback!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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LOL! I had this image too! That was one of the reasons I asked. I couldn't imagine that being planned, but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something! Glad I am not!<br><br>
I am now on day 4 of no-pooing and so far, so good! My hair looks great! Thanks for all of your help!
 

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:LOL the first time I did this I had the bs in one cup and used it on my head, well then I added vinegar to the cup to do the rinse and had this wonderful foam activity going on. Needless to say I dumped, rinsed and started over (in the cup mind you, not on my head).
 
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