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Exp-hair-iment Week #3

Just thought I'd share with the world: my name is Beth and my hair is gross.*

I am not so enthused this week.

The homemade gel worked(ish), but left my hair greasy/dirty faster than the special post-shower products I'm used to. So after two days of use, I officially discontinued it.

I have a very low tolerance for dirty-feeling hair, and I don't feel like my hair is as soft or clean as it used to be. Week 1 was fantastic, but that didn't last...I don't know if it's the ratio of ingredients that need adjusting (I tried a slightly diluted cider vinegar rinse last night) or if it's something else.

My hair is either frizzy or greasy and I've hardly worn it down at all. It is looking unlikely that I will keep this going past next week, but I will wait until at least then to make the final call.

*gross is a relative term, and it's not that awful. I would guess most people wouldn't even notice.


So here's my comment. :)
Sad times with the gross-feeling hair. Even if it doesn't look any different (to others) it makes all the world of a difference if it doesn't feel right.
So I get it.
I was actually thinking about this the other day and wondering how it was going.
Looking forward to next week's verdict.
Will you change the ratio again?
Beth said…
Hm. I am not sure how to adjust the ratio, exactly. I'm going to use the rest of the rinse as-is. I have to make more of the wash/baking soda tonight, and may up the soda (cleanser). I'll keep you posted.

ALSO, once someone else has commented, I can comment from Chrome...weird little glitch there.
MLW said…
Have you considered using a combination of traditional and alternative hair care? Maybe alternate weeks or the week you use the traditional shampoo use vinegar rinse then soda wash and traditional rinse another week. There are probably other options but you can see what I mean.
Beth said…
I have thought of that, and may do something similar. I'm definitely going to look for hair care products that are as natural as possible, and may also reduce how frequently I wash my hair.

I figure I've got this hair for life, so it's worth finding a system that works for me!
Sharon said…
A couple of years ago I looked into all this no-poo stuff and I found the general consensus was that most people found it easier to slowly phase out shampoo the way MLW is suggesting, rather than go cold turkey.

I also think that you haven't given your hair/scalp enough time to adjust to the new system. It can sometimes take up to a couple of months before your glands to stop producing as much oil as they have in the past. That "greasy" sensation will eventually pass, but you have to stick it out. It will get better!

Have you seen this site?
If not, hopefully it will help.
Beth said…
Thanks, Sharon - I'll take a look at that site. Part of it is that my hair is curly, and the impact on my hair isn't just appearance at this point. I'm concerned about the tangling & lack of aid for my dry ends... But I'll take a look around, and maybe it will end up being a more gradual shift.

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