Six weeks no-poo and I see Farrah in the distance...
March 26, 2014 1:17 AM Subscribe
I made the leap and stopped shampooing my hair six weeks ago, learned how a high pH can really mess it up and have almost
found my outer Farrah. Enter the apple cider vinegar rinse. Do you do this? What is the right way?
My approach needs finesse. No-poo MeFippies: help me tweak my routine.
posted by AnOrigamiLife to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Recent post-shower itchies and scratchies sent me on a tear of discovery about using simpler, cleaner products with fewer or no chemicals. That's when I discovered a lot of people go "no-poo" and wash instead with baking soda or castile soap. I decided to try this for a month.
I have shoulder-length, fine, straight(ish) used-to-be-blond-but-now-dishwatery hair, cut in long layers. It is normal, as in not oily or dry. I wash it at least every other day. Without conditioner it's too dry and full of static. I've frequently used product, a mousse or gel or something. It can still be very flat. (Except for that one time in Hawaii where my host had me squish hibiscus leaves in a tub of water and use the sudsy result as a hair rinse in place of anything else. Then I was Farrah. My hair was insanely soft and full of body and it deserved to be in a commercial. I should have taken the hint then. But then again, it could have been the humidity).
Fast forward to week one of the no-poo experiment. I washed with Dr. Bronner's lavender (still using regular conditioner at that point) in a mop of wet hair (my version of diluting). I was Farrah again. It looked amazing! I washed every other day. But after several washings it began to look oily, so I stopped conditioning. It looked dull and unwashed, and I began to get a dry flaky scalp. Finally I learned about the necessity of the vinegar rinse (apparently I'd ramped up the pH and needed to lower it with an acidic rinse). My scalp recovered quickly after I began rinsing.
First I tried straight apple cider vinegar. I emerged from the shower with my hair looking greasy. Then I diluted with water 1:1. Much better, but still looked a bit oily by the end of the day. So I diluted further, perhaps 1:4. Still better, and the better days seem to be the ones where I rinse with my head upside down (letting the near-face hair get a less-direct rinse). Too much, it's oily looking. Too little and my hair becomes a bit dry and staticky. One unavoidable point here is that we have awful water, so hard with minerals it turns the tub green. I know this is a factor, but assume I can do nothing about this.
My general opinion thus far is wow, my hair looks and feels really healthy. It's soft, never tangles and has far more natural body than it ever has. More of a toned-down Farrah for the first day, and then it relaxes a bit by the second day. I definitely have to wash at least every other day or my hair begins to look oily. The extent seems directly related to how much I rinse, and I wonder if I'm missing a simple step. I've read over and over how people who go no-poo sometimes wash hair just once or twice a week, and I can't imagine doing that unless I get this figured out.
So what is the optimal dilution of water to ACV?
How much should I use when I rinse? (a lot? a little? does it matter?)
How long should I leave it in? (does time matter?)
Do I have to rinse every single time I wash, or is every other time ok?
Would ACV vs white vinegar make a difference?
Are there other home-sourced options that I should try? (I know Dr. B makes a commercial rinse)
I've used product (e.g., mousse, gel) just once or twice along the way, and it has very little effect. Is it possible the no-poo regimen changes the chemistry of my hair enough that it renders standard product useless? If so, are there home-sourced options for bodifying product?
Any other suggestions or anecdotes that may help? I'm definitely a convert but could use your collective expertise! Thanks!