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Does anyone have a recipe for a good no poo for curly/permed hair? I tend to have very oily hair, but ever since I permed my hair (which was about three months ago) it has been incredibly dry. So I guess what I am looking for is something that won't make me look like like an oil slick or a frizz ball<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Curly girl no-poo thread.<br><br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=5358746&posted=1#post5358746" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...=1#post5358746</a>
 

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I've got curly hair and have been 'poo-free for a few weeks now. My routine is this:<br><br>
Every 2-3 days I wash it. I brush my hair out when it's dry to get out all the tangles then I wet it thouroughly. Then, I mix about 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda in about 3/4 cup of water. I pour little bits of the mixture onto sections of my scalp and massage it in then I rinse well. Next I mix about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 1/2 cups of water and do a rinse with it (I need quite a bit since my hair is almost to my waist). I focus mainly on the parts past my shoulders but also pour some on the parts higher up. Then I rinse again.<br><br>
Once I'm out of the shower, I bend over at the waist and finger-comb out all the tangles while my hair hangs down. Then I use a towl to scrunch up and dry my curls. The more water I get out at this point the better my curls end up being. When I stand up straight I crunch up the curls around my crown area more.<br><br>
Each morning I soak my hair with a spray bottle, bend over at the waist and massage my scalp then scrunch up the curls again.<br><br>
The whole routine is sort of a work in progress. I was using more baking soda and apple cider vinegar at first, but I've cut the amout back a fair bit and it leaves my hair feeling softer and lighter. When I used shampoo and conditioner I always had to use product to hold my curls in place but since stopping I don't use any product at all and my curls are looking really nice.
 

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Does anyone know if it is better to no poo curly hair with the baking soda/acv routine or to just use conditioner like in the Curly Girl book by Lorraine Massey? Just curious
 

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It depends on how dry your scalp is. For a lot of African American people, their scalps are dry too, so the lightweight, silicone free conditioner cleansing is a great method. For people with oily or "hardened sebum/smelly" scalp tendencies (such as myself), we mix baking soda with the cheap/lightweight conditioner to make the perfect cleansing mixture.<br><br>
I recommend Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner for a few reasons: 1) it smells pina colada-rific 2) coconut is cleansing and good for scalp and hair growth 3) has a little bit of rosemary essential oil in it for hair/scalp health and hair growth 4) it doesn't have any silicones in it 5) it's hella cheap.<br><br>
For the ends of my hair, I use a heavier conditioner. At the moment, I use Mane and Tail conditioner (yes, Horse conditioner - but people use it too). It's great, and it's cheap. No silicones in that either.
 

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Awesome, Thanks! I tend to have an oilier scalp and drier ends so I'll try the bs/conditioner method. Do you still rinse with the ACV? I picked up some Whole Foods brand conditioner that didn't have any silicones and seemed pretty natural and was cheap. If that doesn't work I'll try the Suave.<br><br>
Few more questions if I may: How often do you do the bs/conditioner method? I only get in the shower/wet my hair every other or every two days. Just curious if I should do that mix every time I get in the shower.<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
Chandi
 
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