Sep 20, 2012

No 'Poo' II

As of today, I'm at about 5 weeks into a regimen of baking soda / water and apple cider vinegar (ACV) / water to clean and condition my hair. 
My google research indicates that it takes about 6-12 weeks for your scalp to acclimate its oil production.  It seems that I'm a bit more oily than I'd like, but my biggest issue so far, seems to be some kind of buildup in the length of my hair. 
For a few weeks, I thought it was due to the ACV, but I'm beginning to suspect that I'm not washing out the baking soda mixture, properly.

There are a few tips that I've collected that might help with the buildup. 

1.  Currently, I use a mix of water and baking soda, but I think I will try using the "paste" method.  This includes 1 tablespoon of baking soda in your hand which you mix with a bit of water and massage onto your wet roots.
2.  Brush my hair until the buildup is gone (sebum or baking soda).
3.  Using a stronger ACV solution to clean out the buildup (doubled ACV) and combing in the shower.
4.  Coconut Oil on the ends (they are getting a bit dry) when wet, without rinsing.

I found a site that has a great explanation and that doesn't really lean towards granola-crunchiness (this makes me happy).  The Eco Cat Lady.

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