I’m on day 6 of “no poo” & trying to do this without baking soda & ACV. I just did my first water washing & blow dry today & my hair is not terrible.
There is no better time to try this since the whole world is essentially on corona virus lockdown & I’m working from home for at least a few more weeks. I don’t think having greasy hair would fly in my professional job but I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time now.
My main reason: I deal with what I call a “goopy” hair problem. I have a patch of skin on the back of my head that produces a sticky, “goopy” residue only on one part of my hair. I’ve tried 1400 different shampoos & have cut back from washing my hair daily to every 2 - 3 days because the goop is thicker/worse after washing. The front of my hair usually looks great but the back of my hair is tangled, sticky, matted. I dread washing my hair. I have never used products in my hair, have talked to doctors & hair stylists about the condition-- no one can figure this out. It’s caused many tears.
About once a week I mix baking soda into my shampoo & that seems to keep the goop from building up too much. Follow that with an ACV rinse. But I hate using baking soda on my hair because afterwards it’s brittle & dry. It does feel much lighter & cleaner than the goopy hair but I really hate doing this to my hair all the time.
Side note: I also had a terrible fruit fly infestation at my house for a while & those damn critters LOVE ACV so they were flying all over my bathroom & my pillow after I laid down with wet hair. I had to stop the ACV because I couldn’t handle it.
The last time I washed my hair (3/22) I used baking soda with my shampoo. My hair felt so wonderful & goop free afterwards & three things occurred to me
- THE SHAMPOO IS CAUSING THE PROBLEM
- As nice as it is to be goop free, I really don’t want to depend on baking soda for the rest of my life.
- NOW IS THE TIME TO GO SHAMPOO FREE BECAUSE NO ONE WILL SEE ME (except my boyfriend, who basically lives at my house & says he is supportive of my decision but actually hates it)
Also, for some reason, I can’t get behind calling it no poo, so from now on I’ll just call it shampoo free.
Water wash/blow dry: I did a very vigorous scrub of my scalp & hairline in the shower today (day 6) for about 5 minutes followed by blow dry. My hair looks… clean! It slightly greasy as expected but the oil is spread throughout my entire head. I wasn’t cringing/having tears while blow drying my hair. There doesn’t seem to be a goopy patch in the back of my hair. If it doesn’t get worse than this, I think I will ditch shampoo for good! Honestly, this is way better than a goopy patch.
I may need something to control the grease between water wash-- I’m thinking corn flour.
Thanks for the support & conversation!