As I write this, I am sitting on my bed, hair wrapped in a towel and steeped in baking soda and coconut oil. Just as things had started to get better, I’ve gotten myself (and my hair) into my worst No ‘Poo pickle yet. Pay attention – this one’s a doozy.
For two days now, I have reveled in an “almost solution” to my natural shampoo woes. I had a very successful wash on Wednesday night with vinegar and tea, and last night’s lemon juice and tea rinse left my hair quite clean and rather voluminous, but maddeningly dry and coarse. I felt quite confident today making vinegar and tea my new go-to No ‘Poos.
However, there’s a small possibility that my recent No ‘Poo victories got me just a tad audacious. With my grease issues as good as under control, I felt it was high time (after just two semi-successful days) that I reined in my dryness problems. A little confidence goes a long, long, long, long, long way. How do I know this? If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be sitting here with what feels like a never-ending pina colada wax stuck on my head.
After work today, I began researching leave-in moisture treatments to cure my dry, coarse straw-hair. If I could solve the worst grease problem since half a slab of buttered salmon caught fire in our oven and had to be doused with flour, I could certainly implement a successful moisture treatment – no problemo!
I came across a coconut oil treatment that I thought would do some good. Put a liberal amount of oil on your hair, cover it with a shower cap and let it stew for 30 minutes. It seemed simple enough, I had coconut oil on-hand…what did I have to lose?
Famous. Last. Words.
It took me about 10 minutes of vigorous washing and rubbing to get discouraged. Another 10 minutes and I was in full-on panic mode. My hair felt like a ball of soft candle wax from root to tip. I could have molded it into a bust of Kate Middleton and offered it up to Madame Tussauds for a small fortune.
I poured on more baking soda, using up an entire bottle of a BS/water mixture; I squirted my hair with vinegar/water, then unscrewed the cap and just dumped it on. Nothing. I turned off the shower, boiled some water, poured it into the sink and dunked my head in. Add BS and vinegar. (Repeat 7x).
Then it dawned on me – perhaps I was mistaken about the end result. Yes – of course! Perhaps I was expecting my hair to feel normal, when really the end result was just this soft!! I plugged in my hair dryer and worked over my entire head for a good five minutes until I realized it was doing nothing – my hair was soaked. Not with water, but with oil. I brushed through, and it looked like it had been starched and ironed.
Since I started to write this post, I’ve put my hair through the paces again. I used dry baking soda (repeat 3x), soaked in vinegar and let it sit (repeat 4x), rinsed it all in water as hot as I could stand it (repeat 7x).
Yet, here I still sit. Hair wrapped in a towel, powder of baking soda gritting in my ears, the smell of vinegar seeping from my pores, and a head full of coconut molded into the bust of Kate Middleton. I figured I should do something with the time.