Baking Soda Cleanse
I refuse to call it “poo-less” or “no-poo” because I am a grown fucking woman.
Firstly, on creating your own cleanser, there really is no right or wrong way, some people like to make the baking soda into a paste, some people like to add more water and put it in a squeeze bottle. Whatever your preference, just be sure to thoroughly rinse out the baking soda and allow the vinegar to neutralize it. So have fun with it. I like to substitute the water for black tea, since it has a nice smell and tints my hair (covers my greysss) at the same time.
So, onto the tips:
You really need to be patient with this process. You’ve most likely been destroying your hair and scalp with shampoo for years, a few weeks to a couple months is not that much to ask. You will not like your hair at first, it will be very oily, but that will pass and then your hair will be at it’s best. Just don’t try to sneak shampoo into your routine and undo all the good you’ve done.
Massage, massage, massage. Not only does it feel good and de-stress you, you’re loosening dirt and debris and reviving your scalp. Some have claimed that regular scalp massage can help hair grow faster. Try to massage for a good five minutes before rinsing.
I have to put this in here because it was really hard for me to grasp the concept that bubbles do not equal clean and oils do not equal dirty. The “squeaky clean” feeling your hair has after shampooing is not good and essentially means your hair is dry and stripped of it’s nutrients. Those ideas were marketed to you to sell a product. Just keep that in mind when you want to go back to the bottle.
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO MAKE IT LESS OILY?
Yes, at first it is oil madness. This is hands down the toughest part. There are a few ways to lessen the oil, but the best way is to simply brush the oil through the rest of your hair. This will lessen the oil at the roots by distributing it to the ends of your hair, where it’s needed most.
If it is too much to handle and you’re thinking about going back to shampoo, pat some cornstarch and ground oatmeal on your head and brush through. Don’t use this as a substitute for cleansing or brushing though!
WHAT ABOUT THE SMELL?
I prefer to use the Baking soda method since it leaves no scent behind (the Apple Cider Vinegar scent dissipates once the hair is dry), and I don’t have to worry about other scent profiles clashing with my perfume.
BUT some people claim they find the natural smell of their scalp unpleasant. If you find your scalp is producing a lot of odor, check a few things: Are you drinking enough water? Are you massaging the baking soda into your scalp? Are you brushing your hair regularly? Do you avoid pouring the Vinegar on your roots? If yes to all those, then feel free to add a couple drops of essential oil to your brush before brushing. Research the oil first, and avoid citrus oils on the scalp as they make skin super sensitive to the suns rays. I prefer Rosemary, Lavender or Fir Needle.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO DO IT?
How often you cleanse will change as you progress. I know some people who use this method and only need to cleanse once a week! At first I was cleansing everyday, then every other day, and I’m at about once every three days now. There is a difference between needing to cleanse and just needing a good rinse, you’ll learn to know the difference.
AND I CAN ONLY USE BAKING SODA?
Well, no. But you can’t use shampoo. Feel free to use any of the other suggested alternatives. I highly recommend egg yolk. I also like to use an oil shampoo bar on occasion, but don’t assume all shampoo bars are created equal, always read the ingredients! *Added* Research your shampoo bar if that’s what you choose to use, make sure it contains natural ingredients! If you’re using the Baking Soda Method, you only need to use a bar when necessary, for instance like getting particularly stubborn product out of your hair, for all other occasions the Baking Soda Method should be enough*
IS MY HAIR FALLING OUT?
It’s not, chances are you’re wearing your hair up a lot since it’s a little more oily than usual. And if you wear it up, and don’t shampoo everyday, the 80-100 strand-a-day hair loss seems exaggerated. Just brush regularly so you don’t freak out every time you wash your hair. Like I did.
WHAT ABOUT CONDITIONER?
The Apple Cider Vinegar is your conditioner, but there can be some instances where your hair falls out of balance and gets a little dry. For example, swimming in a pool or the ocean, too much time in the sun, hormone changes, etc. For these instances feel free to condition your hair in whatever manner you choose, if you opt for bottled conditioner, read the ingredients. If you want to go the natural route, apply avocado and mayo directly to the hair and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. You can do the same with Olive or Coconut oil.
And that’s it! I might do a separate recipe page for conditioner recipes, but please let me know if you have any questions!
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