I've decided to jump into the no poo method and give it a shot. I've been primarily a once a week washer as it is, so the idea of my hair getting greasy during a transition phase doesn't really bother me at all. I'm a stay at home mom so I don't have to worry too much about my hair looking like crap for a while anyways. My hair is thinning and is perfectly straight and dark. I cut off about a foot of it last week so my ends are good and ready to start new.
I washed two days ago with a clarifying shampoo, and now I have some decent oil build up (as you can see), which is distributing really nicely down to my ends because I've been finger combing a lot. My question is this: when should I begin my first no poo wash? Should I wash tonight since I'm seeing oil? Or should I wait a week? I've read a bunch of methods but haven't seen a lot of info that gives a timeline of when to wash and when to wait it out.
I discovered that I wasn't getting my scalp back to its natural acidity with just the conditioner (which I mainly use on the lengths of my hair, not my scalp). So, a rinse made from lemon and lime leaves, parsley and a few extra herbs helps balance the pH of my scalp back down to about 6.5 where it should be.
Simply boil the kettle, chop these up a bit and steep overnight. Strain before your shower and use this as a final rinse after you condition your hair. It's just a cold tea, really.
My hair had had horrible flaky dandruff but it seems to be calming down now that I'm using the rinses again. It's all about getting the scalp back to the right pH :)
And that's all folks!
(Unless I'm feeling a bit more adventurous and add any myriad of extras that I keep in jars in my cupboard!!)