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No poo struggles
haley_kate wrote in no_poo
Hey everyone! I have been no poo for two weeks. Prior to no poo, I had been in the hospital where I couldn't wash my hair for three weeks, so I felt like that added to the clarifying and regulating of my sebum. I started using a BS wash just once a week. Between washes, I do a water only wash and ACV rinse for shine. My hair feels awful. It feels like straw. The length of my hair feels OK, but the ends are just horrid. I hate the water only washes because my hair just feels like wet straw when it's in the shower: it's heavy, rough, and the ends are horribly dry. I am so bummed because I felt like it was getting to where it's supposed to be. I tried an egg wash to restore the proteins and strengthen my hair, but it seems to make it 10X worse. HELP

Okay. Firstly, I want to apologize if this is too much to read, or if I've assumed too much at any point. Sorry! I just wanted to cover as much information as possible that might help.

So--at first, it sounded like an issue of too much baking soda.

How much do you use at a time?
Are you following each of your weekly baking soda washes with an ACV 'conditioning'?

From your description, it sounds like you aren't always doing the acid step, which is necessary to return your hair to its proper pH level. Sorry if I misunderstood you!

Since you say an egg wash did not leave your hair soft, though, I wonder if the texture of your hair is actually a symptom of a nutritional deficiency. Hair will become strawlike if a body isn't getting enough dietary fats from sources like cod liver oil, flaxseed oil, butter, coconut oil, lard, tallow, and olive oil, or avocados, macadamia nuts, pecans, etc. I recommend analyzing your diet to determine any possible deficiency. There is not much you can do on the surface that will improve your hair's condition if what's drying it is happening inside.

Since you were in hospital for three weeks, it might be good to start by examining your diet there. My mum was in and out of hospital for weeks during her illness, and I remember how utterly unsatisfactory the food was. I don't know if your circumstances were better, though.

Also, while in hospital, was your hair brushed regularly? Have you brushed regularly before or since your stay? Using a good hairbrush and / or a comb made from horn (1, 2) or wood (1, 2) is an important step in haircare. The action of brushing and combing moves sebum down the length of your hair, so it acts as a natural conditioner. Materials like boar bristles, horn, bone, or wood are gentlest on the hair and scalp, and most effective in distributing sebum.

Also, do keep in mind that baking soda is very drying. There are many no-'pooers who have abandoned the BS / ACV method because it is so damaging in the long run. There is even a belief that the regular, fast switch from extreme alkalinity (baking soda) back to acidity (ACV) is a shock for the hair. Unfortunately, since not using shampoo is such a niche lifestyle choice to begin with, all we really have is anecdotes. Generally, I've gotten the impression from longtime no-shampooers that the baking soda method is to be used only when clarifying is desperately needed--so, maybe once monthly if you use products or have hard water.

Personally, I abandoned BS / ACV years ago. After lots of experimentation with household alternatives (many of which were successful, but costly), I've actually gone back to shampoos. However, I only use the most natural and nourishing bars or liquids I can find.

I hope some of this is useful to you. Good health to you and your hair.

What type of hair do you have? Dry? Try conditioning with oils (the argan oil, the almond oil). Mineral water could help.

My daughter had the same problem when she started using baking soda wash/apple cider vinegar rinse. The tips of her hair were dry. I suggested that instead of spraying her hair, she dip it into the rinse to ensure her ends were also treated, or use a sponge to apply the mixture to all of her hair. She said that fixed the problem for her. She also will never spray her hair with a rinse again, because she accidentally inhaled a big breath of the ACV rinse which instantly induced vomiting. Dip, pour, and/or sponge to thoroughly coat your hair; don't spray.