I've been no-poo off and on for over a year. I've been more no-poo than not, but this time I want to totally make the leap...lol. I've noticed this time that the back of my head seems much more oily than before. I was able to go three days without washing. Last night I did try the brushing to move the oil down the shaft, and then did a water wash last night followed by a vinegar rinse I was praying to maybe let my hair go one more day, but no luck...lol. After the brushing and water wash it looked dirtier this morning than it did yesterday I knew no amount of corn startch was going to fix it...lol. So I did my baking soda wash followed by my vinegar rinse, and the front of my hair looks great, but the back to me looks dirty and oily. Before I would used a baking soda wash and then a brown sugar scrub, followed by a vinegar rinse. I found the brown sugar got out any build up, but I'm not using the amount of hair products I used to so I didn't think I needed it but maybe I do. I don't want to walk around looking like I missed washing a whole side of my head....lol. Any ideas? I use white vinegar as I have oil hair. I use about a table spoon of bs and mix it in my hand. I add a small amount of scented oil to the vinegar could that be it?
I've been on and off shampoo for a while and this was due to me not being able to handle the transition very well. In the past, my hair never seemed to stop getting oily and eventually I got fed up with all the "use this or use that." I said f*ck it one day and just restarted using water only. My hair/ scalp adjusted within 2 weeks.
It may or may not work for you, but why don't you just ditch everything and just use water? just one caveat - hard water (water with a lot of minerals dissolved in it) doesn't seem to work too well for the WO (water only) method.
I've been shampoo-free for about eight years now (not for paleo reasons—it's a fairly common curly hair approach), and while this never happened to me, I know people who've dealt with it.
You don't say what hair products you're using—the first thing to do, of course, is to check those products' ingredients lists and eliminate anything with non-water soluble ingredients. The next thing you could do would be trying a rinse with lemon juice. I've not heard of putting cornstarch in your hair, but again, it's been a long time since I did this.
And it could certainly be the scented oil—I'd try skipping it and seeing if you get better results.
Other than those things, I do know that a lot of people have had an adjustment period that they've had to get through before their scalp's oil production calms down.
I noticed you said you used a vinegar rinse after you water-washed. I find that I can only use (and only need) vinegar after I wash with baking soda.
Also, what ratio of baking soda to water and vinegar to water are you using? Maybe use less vinegar to more water (I use 1 TB vinegar to 1 cup water). I also use the same ratio for baking soda.
I second the idea to cut the essential oils in the vinegar - I actually put a few drops in the baking soda container I keep in the shower. One last question - when you water wash, do you use a wash cloth? I just started that about a month ago and it makes a huge difference! I felt kinda ridiculous at first, but got used to it quickly.
I'm a guy with short hair, so this might not be relevant to those with long hair, but I have been "no poo" for 4-5 months and seem to do fine with hot water rinsing, scalp scrubbing, and vigorous toweling. My hair is soft, manageable, and the "oily head" only lasted a few weeks.
so i did BS wash this morning instead of focusing most of the BS around the front of my hair line where I'm normally more oil I also used some on the back of my head & today lovely soft shiny hair. I did leave the essential oils out of my vinegar rinse.
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