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Bleaching hair and no 'poo? Also, waxy build up?
katiebeens wrote in no_poo
Hello, all. I have been 'poo free for four weeks now. I wash my hair every 3-5 days using a diluted BS wash and white vinegar rinse (I originally started with ACV). I think the worst of my transition period is over, however my scalp and roots at the back of my head feel gross and waxy. A boar bristle brush helps some, but not enough. Any (vegan) advice on how to resolve this issue?

One week prior to beginning no 'poo I bleached my medium-brown hair to blonde and I have to say it turned out swell. Before the fall I would like to process my hair one more time to achieve a more platinum blonde as well as touch up my roots. Now I know a lot of people are against this sort of damage but I am not looking for any lectures here :) I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with this while not using 'poo, and I am also looking for some advice on how to deep condition my hair naturally. Thanks everyone!

waxy buildup at 4 weeks in is kind of par for the course. just power through it. i've added the "detox" tag as well as the color treated hair tag which might give some good advice.

have you bent over and added your baking soda from the underside of your head? that might be enough of a switch-up in your routine to encourage the waxiness to go away.

Power through it then I will. Fortunately I don't have to worry too much about the appearance of my hair until after summer ends. I have not tried adding BS from the underside of my head, but that sounds like a really good idea! Should I do that instead of adding it to the top of my head, or in addition? Thanks for the advice (:

you probably don't have to do both. your crown is probably clean enough, and it'll trickle down anyway.

have you also tried combing the baking soda through with a wide toothed comb? i wonder if you just need an extra bit of scrubbing power in the hair that's a bit away from the scalp.

i know coarse sturdy hair can handle being combed while wet, but i wouldn't do it if you have fine hair.

did you ever find shikakai? i would use that with the color treated hair. (however, if it's platinum, there isn't much baking soda can do to strip color since it's already white.) but the shikakai will definitely be more gentle than BS. i might suggest that you alternate washings between the two, since the shikakai might build up a bit, and be obvious in white hair. i use it long term, but it isn't visually buildupy in my hair. obvi.

oh, and FYI. amla also affects color, but i only know that i should avoid it because it makes henna brownish. i'd assume it'd negatively affect white, but i'm not positive.

I will certainly try that! My hair isn't too fine, I comb it while damp to remove tangles so I can try to do that before I was the BS out. I will look into the shikakai as well, thanks again for all your input :)

When that area is waxy after a wash its usually because I didn't use enough baking soda. I use a 1/2 tbsp to 1 cup water dilution massaged into a dry scalp and it gets waxy if I try a water only wash or try to use less baking soda.

For deep conditioning you can look up using oils. Olive oil can't be removed with baking soda so that's usually a no. But coconut oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and some others are good choices and covering it w/ a shower cap or whatever heats it to body temp so it gets deeper into the hair, I think. Longhaircommunity.com is better with recipes.

Edited at 2012-08-17 10:46 pm (UTC)

try fresh lemon juice and sun for natural lightening instead of "bleach." Also a daily spray of Chamomile tea.

Glad to see this post. I'm dealing with waxy buildup. I'm on day 24. I am also looking for ways to naturally lighten my hair. I have dark blonde hair and prefer to keep highlights in it to brighten it up. I had some done professionally a few months ago, and my hair is getting darker than I like it. I am definitely going to try the "daily spray of chamomile tea" and see how that does. I'll keep the lemon in mind too.

Glad to see this post. I'm dealing with waxy buildup. I'm on day 24. I am also looking for ways to naturally lighten my hair. I have dark blonde hair and prefer to keep highlights in it to brighten it up. I had some done professionally a few months ago, and my hair is getting darker than I like it. I am definitely going to try the "daily spray of chamomile tea" and see how that does. I'll keep the lemon in mind too.