Said this once, say it a thousand times: Baking soda routines strip the hair bare, worse than shampoo and you encourage excess oil production and a flaky itchy dry scalp. When you strip the scalp, the scalp responds with a flurry of production to protect itself - You end up doing more harm than good. BS is a reset for hair, it should never be done more than once every few months as it can damage the hair and roots.
ACV may sound great, but it’s somewhat counter intuitive as a main ingredient in your new poo-free life.
It helps lock moisture in the hair, it doesn’t remove grease and it disrupts the bacteria (I’d recommend light ACV sprays to anyone having issues locking in moisture). So you end up with a sticky heavy mess that often develops a horrid musky odor… Which an awful lot of people tend to complain about. And whilst baking soda kills all the bacteria… It also removes all the hairs natural defences… It’s not a win-win situation for anyone for either of those.
I’ve been using the cornflour method for… Almost a year, time flies! I still swear by it, I can go weeks now without giving my hair any real attention and it still looks great. Also, I’d recommend against distilled water, it lacks minerals that your hairs ecosystem can still make use of.
I literally just have a tub of cornflour in the bathroom that every week or two now, I’ll dip my fingers in and massage into the scalp, a comb, and some tap water to comb in (give a good comb/brush for 5 mins) if it starts to feel dry or the scalp is itchy-dry, just before bed.
Note: I have dark hair too, but if you apply the cornflour before bed, especially with a damp comb and don’t overdo it, next morning, you won’t see it. You can skip cocoa using this method.
This method practically sees you never wash your hair, you eventually let your hairs natural oils take over and do the cleaning for you (Invest in a shower-cap) whilst feeling actually clean, cornflour is probably also in your dry shampoo, it gives hair a nice soft feel and takes excess oil with it when it falls out.
Keep it hydrated, not drenched.
Remove excess moisture with a hot hair dryer or straighteners.
Use something to remove the excess grease: cornflour for example, dust lightly, at the roots, comb through, or try spraying lemon juice (works very differently to apple vinegar. Lemons love to rip apart oils) mixed with water (again, damp, not drenched).
Ignore diet, I’ve changed my diet up down and all the way around, it appeared to have 0 effect on my head - But hey, healthy eating is good for other things.