So I’m currently on day 7 of my experiment. To recap- the first 4 days I washed my hair with a baking soda paste and conditioned with a diluted mixture of apple cider vinegar. As I was working on the first blog post, I did some reading up on other’s experiences with “no ‘poo” and discovered that maaaaaaaaybe I shouldn’t be using baking soda every day. It can be a little harsh on your hair over time. Most people who do no ‘poo usually go 2-5 days between baking soda “washes”.
So I decided to give my hair a little break and just rinse it with water in the evenings during my shower. I do use a little bit of hair spray (to tame the postpartum crazy hair), so I like to rinse that out in the evening.
The first thing I noticed was that my hair does not tangle at all after rinsing it with water. This is kind of a big deal, because my hair normally turns into a giant snarl if I’m only using water.
The second thing I noticed was that my hair got even heavier and greasy feeling- but it still doesn’t really look that bad (I don’t think. Stop me if I’m completely delusional). It’s also very soft, and still as shiny as ever.
One thing that I think has helped has been to use a bristle brush on my hair- in the evenings before my shower, I brush my hair several times, to distribute the oils from the top of my head to ends of my hair. This link talks about doing that, which is why I started (plus I already had the brush- again, lazy is my middle name).
After a couple of days of just rinsing, I’m feeling a little greasier than I’d like. So much so that I didn’t even put coconut oil on my face last night because I was starting to feel like a grease ball. And today my hair is in a pony tail for the first time since starting this process, but aside from it feeling heavy, I really don’t think it looks that greasy.
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|From the front- hey again|
I’m going to try the baking soda wash and vinegar rinse again tonight to see if that helps alleviate some of the heaviness that I feel. I’m also curious to see what happens if I wash my hair and then let it air dry instead of throwing it up in a ponytail overnight- my hair has a tiny bit of wave to it and I think with this process it might have more curl than normal. Or maybe not. I will update you with the results- stay tuned!