- Water-only scrubbing for the first two weeks every day, or every other day
- Added in the standard wash with 1 tbs BS + 1 cup water, rinsed, and then applied the same ratio ACV-conditioner after two weeks when the waxy build-up and dryness became too much (and yes, I scrubbed and rinsed well for both! ;) )
- Adding more baking soda (~2 tbsp to 1 cup water; used full cup; left on ~1 min)
- Adding more vinegar (~1/3 cup to 1 cup water; used full cup; left on ~1 min)
- Thoroughly brushing 1-2x per day with a boar's bristle brush to distribute the oils/sebum
- Boiling the water in case I have hard water, even though I live in northern California and should have some of the softest water in the US
For reference, my hair is:
- Straight with just a slight wave
- Color-treated, deep auburn
- Normal thickness
- Not oily (always only needed to wash my hair every other day, or sometimes even just every two days)
I have an important wedding in less than two weeks and I don't want to throw all this work down the drain, but I am really at a breaking point. I read through at least a hundred tagged posts on here and dozens of blogs and I keep getting conflicting info about the wax and dryness. Some say I need to add more BS, yet other says more ACV. Further complicating this, if adding more BS is the trick to get the wax out, everything I've read says that this will only fry my hair more. So then I'm free of wax, but left with a broom on my head? Gah! I don't know which is worse! And sure, I realize that three weeks is not a huge amount of time, but considering how infrequently I washed before, I (arrogantly, I suppose) assumed my transition period would be pretty short. *sigh* I know there is always an adjustment, but so far I haven't seen any encouraging signs of improvement--only deterioration--and by this point I thought I'd see at leas some igns of benefits.
Things I'm now considering trying:
- Egg wash
- Conditioner-only (CO), which I am resistant to
- Giving up all together (noooooo!)
With all the resourceful, knowledgeable, helpful LJers on here who have been through the trenches, surely we can save me from caving in and returning to the standard shampoo+conditioner routine! (Yes? The no-poo-Gods willing?) My sincere and overflowing thanks in advance, lovelies!
1/8/13 Update REJOICE! SING TO THE HEAVENS AND GIVE PRAISE! MY HAIR HAS ARISEN!
So as planned, last night I applied two eggs yolks mixed with the juice from 1/2 a lemon last night to my dry hair and let sit for 5-10 minutes. There wasn't enough liquid to cover all of my hair, so about halfway through I poured a small amount of cold water over the top of my head to distribute the egg and lemon juice down to the ends. I then rinsed with cold water, and followed with a one-cup 50:50 water:white vinegar rinse on my entire head of hair and let sit for about a minute. I then rinsed out with cold water and prayed to the hair gods that it would work. It felt really dry and stiff when I got out of the shower, which made me feel really discouraged, and even though I rinsed with cold water after the egg mix, I must not have gotten it all out because there were bits of scrambled egg in my hair. Funsies! I combed my hair while wet (which I never ever do) to help get out the egg and tame my straw-like hair. I went to bed with it wet, as I usually do, hopeful, but also pessimistic. By the way it felt when wet, it didn't seem like the elimination of BS, nor the addition of egg, lemon, and switch to white vinegar, made a difference. However, when I awoke I ran my fingers through my hair and I could have cried! To my surprise, it was soft, clean, light, AND NOT AT ALL WAXY! Aaaaah! So happy! It's a tad stringy and flat (though I'm sure only I notice, it's so minor), so I think I'll dilute the vinegar more next time, but I'll take that look over what was going on before!