the no 'poo method

no, we're not constipated. yeah, we get that alot.

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I sadly had to go back to using a shampoo because I started dying my hair, however I'm using a sulfate and paraben free shampoo that's safe for colored hair. I miss using the baking soda wash method, as my hair was SO healthy after it became used to the baking soda. But this shampoo isn't bad, and it hasn't stripped my hair.

I do still RELIGIOUSLY use the ACV / water / rosemary oil rinse, though. Because my hair is naturally thin, regular conditioners turn my hair to a frizzy rat's nest. The ACV rinse with rosemary oil has tamed the frizz, darkened my hair a little more, helps me boost the auburn red of my dyed hair, and has helped give me the feel of thicker hair while not stripping my hair of any natural oils. But I HAVE to use the rosemary oil in the ACV and water mix, as it is what REALLY helps to promote thicker hair. I'm also seeing a LOT less hair loss in my brushes than I used to. Been using the ACV hair rinse method for about 3 years now, and love it.

And yes, ACV rinses can make your hair a touch darker. Not crazy dark, but you may notice it.

It DOES take a while for your hair to get used to using the ACV rinse. I think it took mine about 4 weeks. But afterwards, it becomes a thing of beauty.

Even better, no itchy scalp!

A week and a half is not enough time to see improvements using the no 'poo method. Patience is the key factor in seeing success with this method. Shampoo strips your scalp of natural oils and your scalp in response produces more oil to compensate. Your scalp hasn't adjusted to not being stripped yet and it still producing all that oil. Generally, the scalp adjusts/transitions after 6 weeks. Your transition period may be longer or shorter.

Some people find that lemon juice lightens their hair as well as cuts the grease better than ACV. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with water.

ACV might not be what is darkening your hair, it could possibly be the build up of oil and sebum.

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