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Think I may have to start over...
donnic wrote in no_poo
Hi! This is my first post and - believe it or not, it's about a problem!
I have been No 'Poo for 11 days now. At the end of this post is a little run-down of my days since I started.
Everything was going as expected - greasy hair, itchy, more dandruff than normal - for my transition period.
Then, Friday, even though my hair had had a wash on Thursday and was fine, I thought "I know, I'll try and do an egg and lemon wash and then condition with tea."
NOPE.
It went ok. I rinsed and rinsed and only used cold water and was so so careful. I used the tea rinse and let the whole lot air dry. It smelt a bit lemony but there were no bits in it or anything. My hair tends to pick up smells easily.
Unfortunately, when I went to see my boyfriend, instead of saying "your hair smells glorious like lemon and tea" he asked me why my hair smelled like fish.
FISH.
Now, my hair feels lovely. My scalp appears clean and I even think it's helped with my dandruff. It's not a rinsing issue, I'm sure - I rinsed so many times with so many partings and there was nothing left in my hair when I got out. I also washed it again with conditioner last night, after realising how gross it was, and scrubbed the scalp and, while it was still wet, it was fine. Now, this morning, it's dry and has the weird lemon/egg/fish smell again.

HELP! If I can't get rid of the smell No 'Poo, I might just try a no cone shampoo or something. Honestly, it's pretty grim. I don't have any EOs to put in it, or a BBB (I use a plastic bristle brush at the moment, the BBB should arrive soon). I have no plans to ever put an egg in my hair again.

TueD0: Shampooed, blow dried. All the things you're not supposed to. Hair = lovely.
WedD1: No wash. Hair passable.
ThuD2: WO. Hair only hat-worthy upon waking up. Greasy. Looks pretty grim.
CO in evening, no cones. Better.
FriD3: Hair not a happy place to be. Greasy and dandruffy.
SatD4: Greasier. Dandruff less problematic. Itchy.
SunD5: Greasy, itchy, pain in the butt to do anything with. Dandruff. Everything.
MonD6: WO Morning. Looks ok. Bit greasy @ roots & underneath. Bit itchy.
TueD7: Greasy underneath & roots. Very itchy. Wore it down.
WedD8: Wore up. Pretty greasy all over esp under. Dandruff. SO ITCHY.
ThuD9: WO Morning. Down all day. Looks nice. Feels ok not under though. Some itching. Smells sebum-y.
FriD10: Egg and lemon wash. Green tea rinse. SMELLS LIKE FISH - WHAT. Panic - CO wash. Fixes it.
SatD11: Nope. did not fix it. Smells like fish again.

I can't help with the smell. Have you tried a baking soda wash with an apple cider vinegar rinse? That might be enough to get the smell out without cones?

I would say that, as far as dandruff and itching goes, brushing is my number one thing. Even just with a normal plastic brush, if I make sure I brush across the scalp and pull all the way to the tips I definitely feel a difference. It also helps with the greasy look, in my experience.

Thanks for the suggestion.
I ended up sort of. Panicking. And just used some cone free shampoo. It got the smell out but I'm paying for it in terms of itchy scalp today! I'll bear the BS/ACV thing in mind for if I have another weird smell issue though!
Thanks for the brush suggestion. I find my scalp can be quite tender if I itch it too much so it might be another problem I have to look into (yay) but glad to hear that a plastic brush can be useful too (I wasn't sure it there was much point to what I was doing!)

do you think it smells like fish? Could he just be associating the fact that lemon is often used on cooked fish with your hair?

I didn't think it smelt like fish until he said it, but it was certainly bizarre. But then once someone says something like that it can kind of get into your head and I was then quite desperate to get rid of it!
(Used cone free shampoo, which worked, but has set me back a bit.)

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Ah ok, thanks! Apparently the scalp had the weird smell too. I'll try Earl Grey next time, thanks! (It was really cheap green tea too, don't know if that might not have helped)

Green tea is NOT made from seaweed. It's made from tea leaves.

Cinnamon smells nice, if you have a bit of that in your cabinet. Not sure if it will cover up the "fishy" smell completely but it's pretty fragrant.

Ok, thanks! I got rid of it by using shampoo and setting myself back a bit, but I'll remember this next time!