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No-Poo: Am I doing this right?

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I did read the sticky at the top, but there were so many options I got confused...

I've been using baking soda with a little water: work it in through the roots of my hair, let it sit for a couple minutes, massage through, then rinse with water.

Then I put a tbsp or so of apple cider vinegar in about 2 cups of water and pour it over my hair.

Then rinse.

I've been doing it every other day.

Does that sound right? My hair is only chin length - it seems to look ok, not greasy, and I'm not getting shampoo related rashes or breakouts on my skin, which is great.
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Sounds right - you can adjust the amount of baking soda and apple cider vinegar as necessary and adjust the frequency that you clean your hair.

When you get the hang of it, you can experiment with essential oils and other goodies like cornstarch, oat flour, or whatever else.

Good luck!
That sounds just like what I do. If its working for your hair type then you are definitly doing it right.
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Tinuviel - how do you get rid of flat hair? My hair isn't greasy but it has zero body and volume.
Hmmm...I'm not sure. My hair always has lots of volume and body to it. I usually do my wash and rinse with distilled water; we have hard water in our area and I don't want it to build up on my hair. Maybe that makes the difference?
I'm about to fall off the bandwagon and want to buy Avalon or something. My hair looks thin and there's a lot of hair going down the drain...

I don't wanna fall off the bandwagon tho!
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Spastica, I think we started our No Poo journey about the same time. about 3 weeks ago, there abouts? My hair is doing great. Do you blow dry your hair? If you do you could play around with different kinds of brushes or blowdry your hair with your head upside down, that give a friend of mine's hair some more body since she started doing that. I havent got a clue when it comes to the washing technique tho. Has your hair always been like that?

I dont want you to fall off the bandwagon either!! try the blowdrying thing.

Laggie, as far as I can tell your doing it right. Like i said, its been about 3 weeks for me. (maybe 4) and I have done exactly what you do except I think I use a bit more water in my mixtures and my I am shocked at the results. The only thing I will say is that my hair seems to actually be growing faster. Maybe not but it seems like it is. I had it cut to a chin length bob just before I started and its already growing out. I need a trim again.

Im totally loving the no poo!!!
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Hi Gen!

Thanks for responding to my desperate cry... hah!

I think I may have started around mid-January or early Feb. Though it was working fabulously at first - I first used some shampoo and baking soda to clarify and then I started baking soda only - my hair started to get really limp and staticky after a while (which is probably due to the winter and indoor heating), and then later, after the heat was turned off, I just have beautiful hair when I first fix it and by the middle of the day, it does a bad-souffle thing and it just deflates. By nightime, it looked stringy even though it wasn't greasy. Forget the next day - I had to use something or else my hair actually looked super-greasy and was in reality, a tad oily at the roots.

Also, though my hair isn't greasy, I noticed my scalp was a tad oily and I could feel a some sebum plugs (nasty, I know). Kind of like an oil-check on your car, I used the pads of my fingers to see how much oil was on my scalp and there was a bit of it - and it didn't smell pretty either. My hair also seemed a bit brittle. I had used tea tree oil, rosemary essential oil, and even grapefruit. The grapefruit worked the best with the baking soda only.

So I went back to what I preached before, I started using the oatmeal and baking soda mix, rather than just the baking soda. My hair is doing a little bit better and then I tried using less apple cider vinegar. Instead of spraying from a spray-bottle like I usually do, I use a drop of conditioner and one squirt of my diluted apple cider vinegar and just finger comb it in the very ends of my hair while I'm in the shower so that I can comb through my hair when I'm out of the shower. I rinse the conditioner mix out and get out.

I do use a blow dryer, though now I don't have to yank my hair straight with a brush like I used to, nor do I have to use the highest heat setting because my hair doesn't frizz anymore due to no-poo. My curls are back and they're shiny, but like I said, by end of day, it looks too shiny sometimes and it gets limp.

So the past few days with the oatmeal/baking soda mix and VERY little apple cider vinegar/conditioner mix, my hair is doing better. It seemed like the baking soda only was making my hair flat, shapeless, and somewhat brittle and lots of hair was falling. The oatmeal/baking soda mix gets rid of the oil, the scalpy smell, and I don't feel the sebum plugs.

I will tell ya though - the oatmeal/baking soda mix makes my hair super soft. It's so durn soft that the top still falls flat a little bit. I've been trying to use a claw clip on the top of my head while I'm blow drying so it adds some height. That's been working a bit.

The softness feels like my hair when I was a little kid. I'm not used to it at all - it's nice to a degree to have healthy hair, no split ends, but then I get mad sometimes that my hair doesn't have any ooompf and I'm almost wanting it to frizz a little so it has some volume. So every evening I get a little crazy and say to myself and then outloud at dinner with my boyfriend 'THASSIT! I'm using real shampoo tomorrow morning!' but I haven't yet.

Still experimentin'.

As for hair growth - yeah my hair is growing like crazy too! It's due to the scalp massage method. It stimulates blood flow to your follicles and it helps your hair get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow. Scalp massaging is also relaxing and helps the muscles around your head to not be so tight - tight un-relaxed scalps also have a hard time growing hair.

Since my hair is on the curly side, I can't see how long the back is, so I have to get the boyfriend to yank down my hair down my back to see if it's grown any.

Thanks for encouraging me!!! Keep me updated on your hair too.
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I started early March and to be honest I have no complaints at all. Except like I said that my hair is growing so fast which is nothing to complain about. I used to want that beautiful sleeping beauty hair and not that my hair is growing nicely I dont want it long
. I use the baking soda mixed with vinegar, I used distilled malt vinegar (not sure if the Malt-ness makes a difference) rinse or lemon juice rinse. the vinegar rinse actually makes my hair look the best out of all of them but sometimes I just dont like the smell. The acv made my hair a bit less manageable. I honestly cannot believe that this actually works!! Ive always had pretty manageable hair, thick and a bit wavy. Having kids did some wierd stuff to it, mostly just making it greasy. But all those years of using shampoos and my hair became greasy and my scalp was really itchy. I hated it. My kids were often brining home head lice and I thought I cought them and thought I must have been crawling alive with them! But Id comb thru and find NOTHING! It must have been the shampoo and conditioner I was using. I have thrown out all the shampoo, I still have conditioner because in my opinion its gotta be better to comb thru your hair with conditioner to get the bugs out than using pesticides (headlice has been a real problem for us since kids starting school. (But we're homeschooling after the 7th of april tho!! wohoo). I use the bs and vinegar rinse on my kids too and dh is using baking soda for something when he had a bath. I dont even think Ill need to try other 'natural' shampoos especially if I can get the eo's introduced which is my next step!
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