I have curly, frizzy hair. I am trying to go "no poo" and found a detangler recipe. I think this will be enough for me for after a water only rinse, but I'm struggling to find a natural alternative for the no wash days when I need to dry style. Right now, I use a smoothing bristly brush with a dallop of regular body lotion (the chemicals, I know, but don't want to replae until I use what I have) to smooth the top and put the ends into some kind of curly messy updo. I feel like I must shampoo to get the lotion out. But since lotion doesn't make my hair greasy, I'm sure baking soda is too drying. I refuse to put it in my hair at all. Thus, herein lie the problem. I must either A) replace my hair lotion with something that will simply rinse out B) Find a baking soda replacement for a no poo shampoo or C) continue status quo. Any suggestions (I prefer option A!)?
Hi I have been "no poo" for years and I have tried just about ALL the methods. I also use the curly girl method of styling along with plopping which is fantastic and gets me sooo many complements!Definitely check those out! I found baking soda to be way too drying, but my hair is fine and wavy-curly; if yours is coarse and curly it may work great! Just be sure to follow with a dilute vinegar rinse to restore your scalp's pH as the BS will make it very alkaline(and can lead to itchy, dandruff, and grossness). I still don't recommend using this method!
The ones that work the best for me is what I'm currently using: Shea Moisture conditioning masque to COwash(conditioner only wash) and on days I heavily oil my hair with coconut oil I use about a half cup of liquid made fron soapnuts once or twice before conditioning. The shea moisture line of products is very natural, so don't be afraid of them! When I CO wash I use about 3 tablespoons of the conditioner(it's very thick and my hair is waist length) diluted with about 3 tablespoons of hot tea or water. Put that all over, including your scalp, massage it in like shampoo for a couple minutes, let it sit for about 5 minutes or while doing your other showery things, detangle while your hair is still saturated in conditioner, then rinse. You shouldn't have to use a detangler when using conditioner to "wash". I also use a fingertip full of this conditioner from ear length to the ends as a leave in and you could use it to replace the body lotion you're currently using (but shea moisture also has a great leave in).
For soapnuts liquid I boil a couple handfuls of soapnuts(I buy about 3 pounds of organic soapnuts on amazon and it lasts me about a year) in a pot of water for 20 minutes. Then strain and store in the fridge, the resulting liquid works just like soap but is completely natural. You can save the used soapnuts to dry and boil again later on. I use the liquid for my hair, laundry, and to wash my pets. Your hair will feel horrible with the liquid on it, but after rinsing it's great!
.On non wash days you could try using a mister bottle with water or tea, maybe a bit of vinegar and a few drops of essential oils, and/or water and a tiny bit of conditioner?
Hope that helps!