Today was another bad hair day. Or, as I like to call it (now that I’ve gone “No ‘Poo”): A hair day. I’m in a pickle, guys; a no ‘poo pickle.
Do you know how your hair feels when it’s weighed down with product? I’ve got that. Do you know how it feels when it’s limp from lingering conditioner? I’ve got that, too. How about when it’s salty and dry from the ocean? Got that, too. Or when your hair is dirty from a skipped wash? Got it. Do you know how it feels when your hair has had it with all this naturalness and just wants the good old chemicals back? Definitely got it.
Despite the changes I made yesterday, I’ve got the same dry texture issues and the same oil issues as I’ve had since I started this hair-brained experiment (no pun intended). It’s like I need a moisturizing treatment and a dehydrating cleanse all at once – try to find a shampoo (natural or otherwise) to help you out with that one. See? Pickle.
I washed my hair yesterday evening, and by this morning it was a limp, dry, greasy, oily, dull, stiff, waxy mess. The oil is the worst right at my scalp, at the back of my head and near the nape of my neck. It usually looks like my hair is not completely dry yet, and the oil dissipates somewhat after a good brushing. Baking soda and corn starch have been life-savers; just a bit of powder gets rid of the dirty look.
I say “dirty look” rather than “dirtiness,” because I have no doubt that my hair actually is clean – I’ve been washing it faithfully every day and dumping enough baking soda on it to deodorize a garbage truck.
This afternoon, I washed my hair (yet) again, and this time I used a hair dryer, hoping it might help the not-completely-dry-yet look. It didn’t. I went to my mother.
“More hair problems?” she asked.
“Add it to the list! This is ridiculous – I can’t live like this!” I ripped at my hair, pulling it out to the sides of my head. It stayed there.
After some research, I’ve found some great resources for my no ‘poo nightmare. The best resource: Finding out that I’m not alone. My limp, dry, greasy, oily, dull, stiff, waxy hair is not an anomaly. I’m learning that “greasy” doesn’t mean “dirty.” It means “greasy” (which means something like “your hair is figuring out where the onslaught of chemicals has gone”).
I’ve had another realization: I’m using too much baking soda. Most of the testimonials I’ve read say to wash your hair only a few times a week when you’re cutting out shampoo. I’ve been washing daily (if not more). However, I don’t like the idea of NOT washing, so I’m going to cut back on the amount of BS I use six days of the week. Also, I am absolutely aware that I have basically no control over how much of my BS/H2O brew goes on my head, so I’m mixing up a fixed amount for each washing.
Here’s my new regimen: Six days of the week, I’ll use ½tsp baking soda to 1cup of water, pouring the entire mixture on my head in each washing. On the seventh day, I’ll go heavy duty and use 1tbsp baking soda to 1cup water.
My dad told me today that my Volvo needs an oil change.
“Forget about the Volvo,” I said. “I need an oil change – on my head.”