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Week 3 problems
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lizrocks wrote in no_poo
I looked through the tags and read all the 'just starting out' posts but I'm still a little unsure of what's going wrong.

I have shoulder-length, medium density/thinning hair.

I wash (daily) with the standard pre-mixed BS wash in warm water (we don't have hard water) using a squirt bottle to work just the roots and letting it set in my hair for a few minutes. Then I rinse with cold water. I don't use ACV. After the shower I gently towel dry, then blow dry and lightly flat iron.

From day one to today 3 weeks later my hair consistency hasn't changed except when I've added an ACV rinse (then it gets worse). It's still sticky, stiff, heavy, easy to tangle (which is doubly weird as when I get out of the shower I have NO tangles), and doesn't hold style- even the minor 'just flip under a little!' that I do in the morning.

I don't have the option to not wash my hair every day as I work reception and I can't put it up in a pony tail on bad hair days b/c of breakage. I skip washing on weekends but that doesn't seem to make much of a difference.

I'm happy to stick it out until it gets better but I'm just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong in my process that is preventing it from improving.

I would guess that the reason you haven't seen a change is due to your hair being washed everyday. I understand that your hair needs to look presentable for work, but your hair and scalp won't adjust until you give it something to adjust to (does that make sense?) Have you tried dry shampoo? Perhaps you can wash on day one, and then rely on cornstarch and/or cocoa powder on day two. Then after one week, you can wash on day one and rely on dry shampoo on days two AND three.

Another culprit of your problems is most likely the lack of an acidic rinse. Rinsing with BS raises your hair's PH levels, that is why ACV and other acidic rinses are used afterward, to bring the PH level back down. How did you try your ACV rinse? Some people apply it only to the length while some people apply it to their scalp as well, and some people pour it on while some people use a spray bottle.

Also you can use a boar bristle brush to distribute your scalp's oils. However if you wash everyday you might not be giving your scalp the chance to produce enough of these oils to reap their benefits.

If you have any more questions, please do ask! Hopefully we can pin-point the problem.

Edited at 2013-07-16 08:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for such a thorough answer!

I was worried the main issues would be the daily washing so as of today I'm looking into a dry shampoo to try for the inbetween days.

I did the ACV rinse (poured it over the ends of my hair) for the first week but it seemed to worsen the stickiness and everything I read said to use less of it if I had that problem so I figured if using less helped then using none would fix it completely so I stopped all together. I'll give it another go.

Using white vinegar or lemon juice (or lime if you have that) may work better than acv. Some people also use coffee or tea rinses, experimenting with different strengths (like running the coffee machine again with used grounds for the coffee rinse).