Brand new and with questions!
First off, I've tried going no 'poo before, maybe a year ago I think, but as my hair was nearly long enough to sit on, I found that no amount of BS and ACV rinsing could clean my hair. I think it might've still been the transition period, but I ended up ditching it and going back to shampoos after about two weeks.
This time around has been totally different. My hair has been cut very short (just brushing my shoulders now - love it) and is now much easier to manage. I've been washing so far with a mix of one heaping tablespoon of BS to around a litre of water in a spray bottle, shaken well before each use. I don't spray it directly onto my hair, instead I press the nozzle against my scalp and take my time working it around my head. I massage my scalp for a minute or two to make sure it's really worked in, finish my shower as usual while it sits, then rinse it out well with about a tablespoon or two of ACV diluted in a cup of warm water.
I love it. Something clearly was different this time around! My hair looks brilliant after each wash and is not weighed down like it was whenever I used conditioner. I couldn't go longer than around 16 hours between shampooing without my hair looking like an oil slick, but I've comfortably gone nearly three days between BS washes so far. My hair is still getting oily, but it doesn't feel as excessive as it was before.
However, my question is related to possible side-effects of switching to baking soda. I noticed that the last time I tried switching to no 'poo, my ankles and lower legs would swell up terribly. So badly, I couldn't wear shoes and was having trouble walking properly. I stuck it out for as long as I could manage (I really wanted no 'poo to work), but it was just too much and as soon as I switched back to shampoo, the swelling went away, no more problems. It has been around one week since I started washing with BS/ACV, and once again my ankles are starting to swell. I was really hoping it wouldn't happen again - last time I was making a paste with BS and water and scrubbing it in, so I assumed I was just not diluting it enough.
Does anyone have any more info on this? Are there any other potential side-effects to switching to BS washing - I am apparently quite sensitive to chemical changes, so could it just be that my body's a bit thrown off by this new addition? The only thing I can guess is that it might be random water retention, or the BS might be making my blood pressure go up, even though I don't have problems there unless I'm on medication of some sort. I do have problems drinking enough water and am very sedentary, so I'm going to try upping my water intake and moving around a lot more to see if that clears it up.
Sorry for the novella-length first post haha! I'm terribly excited about finding alternative methods to shampooing and am determined to stick with it this time!