Galadriel Freden wrote:
Mandar Wilson wrote:I was "no-poo" for three years. I used baking soda and vinegar. My hair (long and straight) never quite adjusted to it. Absolutely destroyed my hair. The ends got all crinkly and broke off and the roots never got quite clean - like it was coated with wax.
Overall it was a good experience though - I use biodegradable shampoo once a week (as opposed to shampooing every day like before I went "no-poo"), and the rest of the time I just wash with water. I use grape seed or coconut oil on the ends. Depending on where I've been and what I've been doing, honey water will clean my roots enough to make me feel and look clean.
I was using city water and then located to a place with very clean water. I had more "waxy" problems with the pristine mountain water - weird right?
I have read that the waxy residue can be caused by hard water. I just do water only--and I only wet my hair about once a month or less, as brushing my hair with a clean comb or pick keeps it nice. But our water is hard, and I was getting a waxy residue when I rinsed it often; however, a rinse of vinegar generally strips it off just fine. I use the cheapest supermarket vinegar (malt, in my case), and dilute it about 1 part vinegar, 5 parts water, pour it on my scalp, rub it in and let it sit for a minute or so, then rinse.