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Newbie - 1 week after first month of WO
jt475 wrote in no_poo
Hey everyone! So I kind of fell into the No-poo thing out of a few random factors that all seemed to come together at the right moment: running out of shampoo, poor college student, and a penchant for history. So, what I've found is that my hair really seems to be behaving itself now that I am no longer using shampoo and conditioner.

I have stick straight hair that is fine, but with a lot of it, and is cut longer on top and shorter on the sides. I've noticed that I'm getting body and an easier time getting my quiff to stay where its supposed to, I've also used much less of my pomade product and have a shorter time drying my hair. Here is a list of some of the things I have found:

The good!
*My hair is actually lighter in color (the inverse of what i was afraid of)
*I no longer need to use hairspray because my hair behaves much better when i adjust it.
*I found after the 4 day mark my hair lost its greasiness

The bad...
*When washing my hair feels thick and waxy (slightly less so now)
*My scalp is itchy now (no clear signs of dandruff unless i stair at it a few inches from the mirror and see extremely tiny specks of white)

I had washed my hair around the 3 week mark with two whole eggs and about a capful of olive oil, which made my hair super shiny and cut out a lot of the grease, but it actually did what my old shampoo and conditioner would do to my hair; the hair darkened slightly and wanted to lie as straight and flat as possible. I was thinking about trying AC washes, because honestly I've found that other than that waxy feeling in the shower, my hair dries really well and not waxy at all. I'm not sure if That's what will benefit me the most or if i should try tea rinses ? I do have hard water, so I think that is what is making it feel rather waxy, but again I don't know for sure.

I want to get the itching to go away or be less intense, as well as keep the volume and blonde shade my hair has taken on. Any suggestions for a newbie? Thanks!

Well most people find the olive oil hard to get out without a detergent shampoo or conditioner, the eggs themselves would have been good. And yeah, experiment with ACV or tea rinses, start weak. longhaircommunity.com has a lot of posts about WO, egg washes and acidic rinses, they really like their tea rinses over there. Though they aren't so crazy about the bs and acv combo. And acidic rinses make my roots feel a lot less waxy after washing.

And whenever I get close to WO, my hair takes forever to dry and looks and feels like 3 day hair (I usually do cornstarch on day 3), so it seems like its working for you. Also, if whole egg washes don't work, try just yokes or whites, I forget which one tends to be more drying, I know they have different properties. Also, using a blender was a horrible idea I had the last time I tried using a whole egg diluted with some water, it didn't "wash" at all and felt like I'd done water only. But maybe start with one egg diluted a bit with water and focus on your roots, you don't want to over wash it, and I'm not sure you want to do more than WO too often if that's working for you, you don't want to strip your hair.

My first suggestion would be to wash using boiled water. If you have hard water you might be surprised at the difference it makes. If not, it doesn't hurt to try :)

My second suggestion would be to stop using your hair pomade. WO probably isn't washing all of that stuff out of your hair, and that might be what is causing white specks.

Lastly, ACV rinses, or something similar such as tea or lemon juice, will probably help cut down on the waxy-ness.

If you are using baking soda without ACV then your hair is getting stuck with a high pH. ACV is an acid, baking soda is a base. Your hair and scalp like to be pretty even at a 7 or so. Your itchy scalp probably has to do with the leftover baking soda and the uneven pH.