So a few weeks ago I saw a blog post link on Facebook. I'd heard about the "no-poo" method. But this post made it seem healthy, inexpensive and convenient.
I'd already tried to start
shampooing my hair less, as another blog I read mentioned how
over-shampooing can actually cause increased oil production due to
stripping off all your natural oil with shampoo and your scalp
over-producing oil to compensate.
I have always
struggled with oily hair and facial skin. It IS getting better as I age,
but my hair still looks its best when shampooed daily. But maybe I was
helping to perpetuate this vicious cycle?
So I started
shampooing every other day and using dry shampoo or baby powder on the
off days. I was warned there would be an adjustment period. But overall
it went pretty well. The off days were'nt "great" hair days but they
were far more tolerable than I thought.
So I decided
"what the heck?". Baking soda is cheap. The blog said to use straight
baking soda and rub it into your scalp. They also used apple cider
vinegar mixed with water as conditioner. I didn't try their conditioner
as my hair wasn't dry enough to need conditioning during my trial.
was a bit weird not having a nice lather whiles scrubbing. I also had
to be extra careful to rinse my hair really really well. I would say
that at first my hair really did seem to have more body. But as the 5th
day approached it started to have more "buildup" than body. Upon further
research I was probably approaching the "oily" phase a lot of people
experience until their hair adjusts.
I probably would have kept on with it except one problem. It caused me to break out!
apparently my skin does not like pure baking soda washed over it. I
would never classify myself as having sensitive skin. I've only had
itchy rashes a total of three times now, and once was an allergic
reaction to medication (SO not fun!). The second time was over Christmas
when I washed/dryed my clothes in something my skin did NOT appreciate
(perhaps that was baking soda related too?).
And the third was trying out the no-poo method.
first I didn't realize that was the culprit. I thought I'd worn
something I washed over Christmas but had failed to re-wash in my own
detergent. But on about the 4th day I realized my chest was extra itchy
right after washing my hair. And it hit me- the rash came just about the
same time I started the baking soda routine.
I was a
little disappointed. I wanted to be able to go a couple days without
"washing" my hair and it not look like an oil slick. But alas, not at
the expense of an itchy rash (which I still have more than a week
I did some research and while it's not possible
to be "allergic" to topical baking soda, baking soda (especially in
large quantities) can be a skin irritant to some. The only alternatives I
saw mentioned was some other clay mud but you have to get it online or
at a health food store. That defeats the inexpensive and convenient part
I also saw a few posts warning that baking soda
can very much irritate or burn the skin and is a simple household
chemical, not a natural beauty wonder product.
told my hair stylist about all of this, and she gave me a suggestion for
my next experiment. She told me to get a 1 liter bottle of scented
shampoo and cut up a small red onion into then let it marinate for 2
weeks. After that I can use it daily or even just weekly if I like. It
will help repair damage and replenish oils. She says her mom has been
using it for a year now and won't go back.
She learned the trick
from a friend's grandma who stated they would use a red onion poultice
on their hair 75-100 years ago to keep it looking healthy.And your hair
won't smell like onions.
As soon as I have more data on that experiment I'll let you know!