I guess this is a question for the no-'poo brigade :0)
I can't get anywhere near the smell of acv (even with tea tree oil to tone it down) but would still like to use something like to it on my hair as a conditioner/rinse.
I'm using lemon juice at the moment but don't think it's as effective as the vinegar.
Can anyone suggest anything that will be effective but not leave me smelling of chip shop?!!
White vinegar works just as well as ACV and is not quite so strongly scented, and it's scent wears off much faster than ACV. Here is a pretty good tute for going no 'poo http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html and a great article for water only types http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Life/40141-No-Poo-Do/. In short the baking soda and water is meant to loosen dirt and debris and emulsify head oils so that they are more easily rinsed out and the vinegar rinse is to close and smooth the hair shaft and to carry residual oils down the hair shaft to moisturize and protect longer hair. Going no' poo isn't really a paleo thing as much as it is about avoiding extra chemicals and promoting a cycle that isn't good or even useful to the health of the hair. How you clean yourself shouldn't be based on what paleo man could or could not get his grubby little hands on, it should be determined by what works for your body and it's individual chemistry.
I don't use anything at all. I haven't washed my hair since January.
I'd recommend using baking soda if you need something. I did this initially, to help the period where everything is super greasy. Make a baking soda and water paste. Wet your head. Smear the paste on and massage into your scalp.
Don't just replace shampoo with some other crap. That's not the point. The point is that you don't need anything. If you're switching to ACV because it's "more natural", then you're confused. Making ACV from scratch is hard! It's not just found on the ground like most things paleo.
The acid in acv smooths the hair, so I would think lemon juice would work--theoretically. You might want to compare the pH of the two. That might be the difference in effectiveness.
In my no-poo practice, I only use acv when I wash with baking soda. If I use plain water, I find I don't need it.
I've been doing conditioner-only for a few weeks and my hair is so silky and wonderful! It sort of falls under the definition of no 'poo since you don't use shampoo, but some people might argue that using any commercial hair care product is not in the spirit. If you're not opposed to using an all natural vegetable-based conditioner, I love love love Hugo Naturals conditioner. It's a little pricey but you don't really need that much and it absolutely smells like heaven...never before Hugo Naturals have I been tempted to eat a hair care product.
I went no 'poo at the beginning of the year, using baking soda and white vinegar with less and less frequency as time went on. Beginning March 1st, I totally stopped using anything but water on my hair, and after about a week and a half my hair has been amazing; I have always had really thin, greasy hair, and it now has body for the first time ever. It is shiny and lovely, and I am never going back!
But in the interim, I definitely found that white vinegar worked well without the smell issues that come with ACV. I can only suggest going all the way! Water works great, especially if you scrub your scalp and make sure to rinse with the coldest water possible.
You could try a honey rinse. One part honey; nine parts water. Add it to wet hair, let it sit for a bit then rinse it out. You can even leave a bit in, but you'll know you've left too much when you get that sticky look.
I've heard good thing about tea rinses, though I haven't tried it myself. I believe the basic method is to boil water 30-60 minutes beforehand, throw a tea bag in and let it steep right up until washing time. I hear green and black both work really well. Some people use herbal teas, but not all of them are acidic, so you'd have to check into that. And some herbal teas will change the color if your hair a bit too.
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