So, it has been almost a month since I started my No Poo adventure and it has been great! I have done four washes now and look at how my hair is after those washes:
Wash 1 and wash 3 are taken after completely air drying and haven’t been tied up in buns or anything, while wash 2 was just after I undid the braids I wore for the day, and wash 4 was after I had my hair up in a bun the day before. So, I’m not sure if my hair has found some inherent waves because of the rinse.
I haven’t experienced the gross over-oily hair some have gotten during their breaking-in period, so that’s weird. My scalp was just very very itchy between my first and second wash.
Anyway, my hair is definitely softer now and a lot less brittle. It feels more dense and moist, if that makes sense, it’s not dry, okay. I also got rid of the chunky and flaky type of dandruff that would leave my scalp super itchy and gooey and gross. I don’t need to wash my scalp everyday now. I still have tiny white flakes but they’re mostly around the perimeter of the scalp where my body soap or facial wash could get into my hair. And my head only gets super itchy when it’s wash day (or every sixth day for me). I also don’t have that weird smell I get on my scalp even five minutes after I get out of the shower anymore. I think it’s called “Smelly Hair Syndrome” on the Internet.
My wash recipe has also been adjusted to best suit my hair as I see fit.
For my baking soda scalp wash, I now only use about half a teaspoon of baking soda in about a cup of water. I mix that in vigorously. I have found that my hair got very itchy when I used too much.
As for my apple cider vinegar rinse, I now mix half cup of ACV to a cup of water (1:2 ACV-water ratio), two drops of tea tree oil, and two to three drops of ylang-ylang or cinnamon essential oils. It does smell like ketchup (as my boyfriend put it) when it’s still wet and the vinegar smell is still there, but once that dries, it’s all good from there.
I have recommended this to my mom and she is now trying it along with one of her friends. I really recommend doing this instead of buying commercial shampoos and conditioners because my hair and scalp has NEVER EVER (I cannot stress that enough) felt better. If I have found this out back when I was younger, I would have saved myself the heartbreak and anguish of trying to wrestle with my unruly hair.