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 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.
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.