I keep reading about it on here and I have oily hair and I am wondering if it is caused by the chemicals in my shampoo. So I have decided to try something different. No, I'm not just going to use water to "wash" my hair. That would be a complete fail considering my hair and its oil problem.
I googled "no poo" and found out that when you start out that if you use one tablespoon of baking soda to one 8 oz cup of warm water (stir until dissolved) and slowly pour it on your hair while smoothing it through that it helps get your hair clean. Then I rinsed that out. Then I followed it with a rinse of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of warm water. And then I rinsed that out and conditioned the ends of my hair as usual.
I am experimenting to find out what works best for me and have found that I don't like the vinegar smell. They say that it goes away, but after doing it day after day I think that it lingers, so I am switching to lemon juice instead. You have to be very careful not to get the rinse in your eyes though because it burns.
Anyhow, I started doing this on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 and plan on posting more about it here as I go along. My hair looks shinier after using the acidy rinses in my hair. The next thing I may try is doing a tea rinse in my hair, but I need to do more research on this idea. I dye my hair usually and if doing tea rinses makes my hair tinted it won't bother me a bit. I need a way to cover my grays anyhow.
Here is a picture of my hair today. Please keep in mind that I have been doing this for 4 days now.
Saturday May 12, 2012 (day 5):
Doing some research and found that sage in the rinse would help cover grays as well as black tea. Need to learn more about rosemary though, hmmm.
Well, today I decided to make a rinse for my hair with orange peko and black tea (Lipton tea bag) and a 1/2 tablespoon of ground sage that I put in a coffee filter and made into a tea bag with a twisty. I let this steep in a cup of hot water until it was just warm enough for my scalp. Then I washed my hair as usual with baking soda water and rinsed. Then I put the tea rinse in my hair and put my hair on top of my head while I shaved my legs and my arm pits. Then I took my usual conditioner and put it on the ends of my hair without rinsing first and left it on for a little while, then rinsed. I think that my hair looks really shiny today. I read that the gray coverage can take up to two weeks, but there is another trick that I want to try next time. I want to put some of the tea on my hair before I wash it just in the noticeable gray areas (my temples mostly) for 5 minutes.
Monday, May 14, 2012 (day 7):
Yesterday and today I just used Lipton tea as a hair rinse (no sage). I don't want this to be too complex or I will stop doing it. I still did the BS wash though. And before I washed my hair I put some tea on my graying temples for 5 minutes or so to help them get darker. Note to self, don't bring porcelain cups into the shower, next time put tea in plastic cup, thank you!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 (day 9):
Yesterday I just did a tea rinse to see how it would affect my hair and it was still oily, so I am looking into dry shampoo that you can make yourself because the other ladies that I have spoken to on CM have said that BS can dry out your hair too much if used every day. That way I could wash my hair every other day and do dry shampoos in between. This will be good info to have for when I go camping too. I did some research on youtube and watched some videos and saw that a person can use cornstarch, baking powder or baking soda, cocoa powder, and hair spray was even mentioned for its oil control. I don't know about using hairspray though, I've been kind of avoiding hair products because of build-up. Today I think I will start with a dry shampoo because my hair is extra oily today, then I will wash that out and use the BS and tea rinse in the shower.
Friday May 18, 2012 (day 11):
I'm afraid that this no 'poo idea isn't working for my hair. My hair is just too oily and if I miss one day of washing it with BS, it gets out of control even with dry shampoo (mostly corn starch). But I have learned some things from this experience that I hope will help me when I go camping this summer and can't wash my hair everyday. Today I washed my hair with shampoo and conditioned it like I used to do.