Hi, guys. I'm trying this, but I think I'm doing pretty badly!
When I was a few years younger, I used to wash my hair every other day, but I absolutely hated how it looked the days after I washed it; my hair looked like a horrible, greasy mess. So I started washing it daily. I knew I was only making it worse, but I figured it wouldn't matter if i washed my hair every day (smart!).
So I've been washing my hair every day for two years. Recently I learnt about no poo, and people who had tried it and were so happy with the results. So I wondered if I could get out of my unhealthy shampoo routine.
So I started the baking soda thing almost two weeks ago and I was sort of impressed. My hair didn't quite look or feel like as good as it did when I shampooed it, but it looked good enough, much better than I'd expected. It did get progressively worse with each passing day, but it looked good enough to pass as clean.
But when I was just a week in, I decided to dye my hair (with commercial dye, no less!). I hesitated a bit because I knew it would take me to square one again, but I've always wanted to dye my hair, and it was only a week of no pooing anyway so I went ahead with it.
I did read this community a bit before dyeing my hair, and I saw that baking soda is supposed to strip your hair of color if you've dyed it, so I decided to skip it and wash my hair with just water. Now, my hair looks and feels greasier than ever. It's so bad that today I wore my hair in a ponytail for the first time in two years! So, dyeing my hair while going no poo has probably been a terrible idea, and I don't know what to do. I feel that if I stick with it, the transition period is going to be awful... my hair already looks disgusting, and it's only been 4 days since I dyed it, and I know it's going to get even worse. So what should I do? Should I go back to shampoo and wait till the dye washes out, then try baking soda again? Should I stick with baking soda even if it will make my hair dye disappear? Should I stick with water only and try to figure out creative ways to make my hair not look disgusting for about a month? Any other options?
For reference, my hair is fine and straight, and a bit above shoulder length, and I live in a soft water area.
- Trying to go no poo