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.