Hi, everyone! I am really new to this whole no 'poo thing. In fact, I just started this past Saturday. My hair would be classified as 2b, I believe. It is wavy and has a normal thickness, but is a little on the thinner side. As my hairdresser once told me, my hair may not be thick, but there is a lot of it. [: It is currently about shoulder length. I also dye it red. I used to wash my hair every day, but have been washing it every other day for the past few months. If I don't wash it at least that often, it gets visibly oily, which is odd because my scalp is currently a little dry. My siblings and my mother all have super curly, lusciously thick hair. I was hoping going no-poo might show me that there is more curl to my hair than I think.
That's enough about me. [: I started last Saturday night with CO, figuring it would be better with my harder, mineral laden city water. I massaged conditioner (it is 'cone free!) into my scalp, let it sit for 10 minutes, washed it out, then applied it to my ends and rinsed. I finished up with a cold water rinse and let it air dry while I slept. The next morning, the middle layers of my hair were stringy and my scalp felt greasy. That night, I showered again and applied conditioner to my whole head, concentrating on the ends. Monday morning, the stringiness was even worse and my hair looked disgustingly gross. Thank goodness I have to wear it all up and under a hat for work! I had originally decided that I would try simply rinsing my hair with water that night, but the amount of sebum that had built up was so bad, I decided to use BS on my scalp and conditioner on the ends. I used 1 T of BS in 1 C of water, poured it on, massaged it in with my fingertips, and let it sit for a minute before washing it out. But, to no avail, my hair looked even worse the next morning. I scoured the No-Poo community for help last night because I REALLY didn't want to get trapped in my abusive relationship with shampoo again. After reading through countless pages on here, I decided to try a sugar scrub, followed by a citrus rinse, heavy on the citrus. I scrubbed about a cup of sugar onto my scalp and on the stringier sections of the hair shafts and rinsed. I'm not sure how much lemon juice or water I used. I didn't measure, but I used a very generous amount of juice. It was not fresh-squeezed juice, but bottled juice I bought from the grocery store a while back. I decided that enough was enough-- if my hair did not look better in the morning, I was going to use my shampoo.
Well, this morning, I went to the bathroom, looked at my hair, and it was still terribly greasy. There was no way I could leave for work with my hair like this. So I hopped in the shower and lathered up with the smallest amount of shampoo I could. It looks better now, but the crown still has a bit of sebum built up. However, my hair feels incredibly soft! I ended up buying a sulfate-free shampoo by Organix and some sulfate and silicone-free dry shampoo. I also bought a BBB today, hoping that would help in the future. I really don't want to go back to shampoo, but I simply cannot walk around with hair that looks greasy all the time. The reason I didn't use the BS/ACV method in the first place was because I was afraid BS would be too drying for my scalp and that the vinegar would only emphasize the natural oiliness of my hair.
Now that you have wasted the last ten minutes reading this novel of a post, I call on all of you No 'Poo veterans and resident experts to help me figure this thing out. When you first started, how did you control/camouflage the ridiculous amount of sebum build-up without drying out your scalp? Also, what can I use that will help preserve my red color? I will be showering again tonight to start this journey over, so if any of you have some advice, please please please share! [:
- No-Poo Newbie