I started my no poo journey 124 days ago (I have a day counter on my phone). I love the way my hair looks without shampoo and I am NOT interested in going back- not at all.
But I've hit a few road bumps. When I first started no pooing, I was following a friend's recipe. She made a paste out of baking soda (with essential oils) and water and scrubbed it into her hair. While I'm sure that works great for her, I have really thick, long, wavy/curly hair that dries out really easily. She has thin oily hair. Although my hair was super clean afterward, it was way too much baking soda for me. I had to use sooo much because I have so much hair, too. So I've gradually decreased it. I'm now at about a 5-6:1 (water:baking soda) ratio with lavender and tea tree oils. I use a dye squeeze bottle to get it into my scalp, scrub in light circles (not rough at all), let it sit for just a minute or two, and rinse. Then I rinse my ends (and a little of my head since I started noticing #3 below) with 1:1 apple cider vinegar and water. I do this about once a week, which was how often I was washing my hair with shampoo. My hair doesn't show oil well and washing it too much causes it to dry out and break.
Well, here's my issues:
- I have a buildup problem. I've always had it but I used to do this scalp treatment. I'm afraid to do it now though because I've always needed Dawn to get it out of my hair, and doesn't that kind of go against the no poo thing? It might be baking soda but I seriously work really hard to get it out so I'm not sure what else I can do for that. Like, if I scratch my head there will be stuff under my nails.
- My hair is falling out. You can't tell by just looking at me, but I have to clean my brush every time I brush my hair. It's that bad. I do have super long hair (almost waist length) so the length of the strands may make it look that it is more hair than it is.
- Connected to #2, my hair is breaking around my ears. I have all these shorter hairs now on top of my head. This makes me think I'm doing something horribly wrong because my hair shouldn't be breaking off of my head like that, not that high up. (And frizz, but my hair has always been frizzy.)
I worry if I don't let it sit, it won't get my hair clean. It hasn't gotten as clean as the first time I did it. I also worry it won't get clean if I use less baking soda. I'm at a loss here. I don't want to go back to shampoo but I also don't want to be bald. Help is greatly appreciated.
Oh! And I think we have hard water, so I boil (filtered) water and let it cool before using it to make any fauxpoo or fauxconditioner.
I also make my own flaxseed gel. I don't use anything else on my hair (except I used coconut oil once). I occasionally rinse my hair in the shower but it's easier to only wash my body so I don't do it all the time.
I'm tagging anything slightly relevant because I'm begging for help, lol.