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3 weeks in of no 'poo. Not greasy anymore but HORRIBLY itchy and flaky

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Like the title says. I was able to go to BS every 3 days, and at the advice of another question i posed I downed my BS concentration and it still worked fine. As an aside, do you guys ACV often in the beginning of no 'poo?

Back to the issue. My hair looks great after a BS ACV day, or even just a BS day, but at the end of the day my scalp becomes insanely flaky. By the next morning the itchyness drives me insane. I have been gently (not scraping my scalp) using a fine tooth comb to distribute the ACV or BS thru my hair, or just to distribute natural oils in my hair on water only days.

I have read about coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Is the EVOO just the cooking variety, very viscous and smells like PAM? I'm slightly concerned that if I try using that, my hair will immediately become a grease ball, which would require me to do BS more often, which might dry out my scalp further.

I am currently considering washing as needed with head and shoulders and going as long as I can between the HS uses, just because the itchiness is to the point of pain. I have been adding TTO to my BS wash, or to my ACV on the ACV days, but I'm pretty doubtful it's a fungal type thing, so I don't think that it's doing anything.

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on February 09, 2013
at 02:52 AM

You should try! The lady that cuts my hair always goes on about how it's soft and thick and gorgeous and grows really fast. She wants to know what I do to it and I always say "oh, nothing" and try to explain, but she doesn't believe me. You have to experiment a bit in the beginning to see what works for your hair, but once you get it down it's EXTREMELY low maintenance. For example, I've always rinsed my hair in hot water, but OP just said that cold seems to be working a lot better for him/her. The only time my hair looks bad is if it's been a really long time since I've rinsed it.

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on February 08, 2013
at 05:40 AM

So, this is a really quick update from me, and might just be a fluke, but I tried washing this morning with warm water on my body as usual, then I turned the water to pretty cold, and rubbed and rinsed my hair in the cold water. Same as normal, felt fine afterwards, and as the day went on, I didn't notice ANY flakes. Even now, some 14 hours later, ZERO flakes, and no itch. I had tried just semi warm water and that didn't help, but hopefully continuing to 'wash' with the cold water will work for me. Really surprised that just a few degrees difference did so much.

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on February 08, 2013
at 05:35 AM

I actually used ACV on my back and face as a toner for a good few months before reading about no poo, and never had any reactions, so I don't think my scalp would be irritated by it. I run water thru my hair everyday, just because it has been getting matted down and looks kinda weird just brushing it. I did reduce the amount of baking soda to roughly that proportion, but I thought you were supposed to rub the BS mixture into your head. I'll try to not do that.

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on February 08, 2013
at 12:46 AM

You know, I do this with my kids. They take baths, and swish their hair in the water a few times a week, but they only get a real shampoo like once every 6 months. And their hair looks FABULOUS. Full, thick, lots of body, never tangled. I always thought it was just because they hadn't hit hormones yet. But now I'm tempted to try it too!

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on February 07, 2013
at 02:27 PM

BS? ACV? WTF. It took me over a month to adjust to no SHAMpoo, been off it for two years.

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on February 07, 2013
at 05:41 PM

I never used baking soda and only used vinegar for a very short while. I found that it was enough to "wash" my hair with hot water. You go through the motions of washing, making sure to massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers to loosen up any junk. In the beginning, I would wash/rinse for quite a long time.

I definitely wouldn't put oil in your hair at this stage and I'd seriously consider stopping the use of anything other than water.

I haven't used shampoo in over 2 years and just rinse my hair as needed - it varies depending on the time of year and my activity level, but it's usually about once a week.

5a42d8d02fc6d87ef50b13d0f4c68870

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on February 09, 2013
at 02:52 AM

You should try! The lady that cuts my hair always goes on about how it's soft and thick and gorgeous and grows really fast. She wants to know what I do to it and I always say "oh, nothing" and try to explain, but she doesn't believe me. You have to experiment a bit in the beginning to see what works for your hair, but once you get it down it's EXTREMELY low maintenance. For example, I've always rinsed my hair in hot water, but OP just said that cold seems to be working a lot better for him/her. The only time my hair looks bad is if it's been a really long time since I've rinsed it.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 08, 2013
at 12:46 AM

You know, I do this with my kids. They take baths, and swish their hair in the water a few times a week, but they only get a real shampoo like once every 6 months. And their hair looks FABULOUS. Full, thick, lots of body, never tangled. I always thought it was just because they hadn't hit hormones yet. But now I'm tempted to try it too!

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on February 07, 2013
at 09:51 PM

Some things to try:

  • Coconut oil or olive oil before shampoo.
  • Reduce the amount of baking soda you are using. I use a tablespoon to a cup of water but I think less would work.
  • Try making sure you don't put the baking soda right on your scalp. It's awkward, but try to apply it just to the length of your hair but not the scalp.
  • Is it possible that it is the vinegar that is irritating, rather than baking soda?
  • Try shampooing with an egg yolk instead of baking soda / vinegar. I have read several variations of how to do this on the internet, but I have yet to try it for myself. Most of the writers I read recommended treating your hair with coconut oil first. The one warning common to every page that I read: Make sure your rinse water is only lukewarm. You don't want to try combing cooked egg yolk out of your hair.

Finally -- from your question, it sounds like maybe you are washing every day. Try cutting back to every other day, then every three or four days. I now wash whenever it feels like it needs it, without counting.

021ea37d132554cfc65f2945b1662987

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on February 08, 2013
at 05:35 AM

I actually used ACV on my back and face as a toner for a good few months before reading about no poo, and never had any reactions, so I don't think my scalp would be irritated by it. I run water thru my hair everyday, just because it has been getting matted down and looks kinda weird just brushing it. I did reduce the amount of baking soda to roughly that proportion, but I thought you were supposed to rub the BS mixture into your head. I'll try to not do that.

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