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Baking Soda "Shampoo"
February 28, 2011
10:52 am
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mammaleigh
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Leah's mom, I have very curly thick hair, what I do is this, I brush/comb out my hair before I ever step in the shower. Then wash as normal and when I do the acv/water, some times I comb it through, sometimes I don't. I do put the acv on with my head upside down, (I had read that it helps with curly hair…not sure why). After I get out I wrap my hair in a towel and let it air dry, no products. It doesn't stand up or get frizzy. It gets big when I mess with it after I am out of the shower or it is dry. Like brushing. I hope this helps.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

February 28, 2011
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Also, just a side note I just started doing this about a week ago. I have always had problems with itchy scalp. I could shampoo my hair and condition it and with in 12 hours my head would itch like I had lice! I started the bs/acv combo and the itch went away. (And trust me I tried a BUNCH of shampoo and conditioner combos) well yesterday, I had to grab a shower quick before we went. Well the only thing in there was my old shampoo and conditioner bottles that I forgot to pull out, I grabbed those not thinking about it and washed. My head is itching so bad this morning that I am thinking about taking another shower today just to stop it. I don't think I will ever go back to using shampoo and conditioner ever!

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

February 28, 2011
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I have long curly hair and I absolutely love the BS.  The only way to keep it under control before was product and LOTS of it.  No more.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

March 1, 2011
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I was able to go twice as long as when I use shampoo ans still not look as greasy. I washed again last night with bs/honey and rinsed with lemon water. My hair is so shiny and bright this morning! It also holds a curl from the iron really well. Before this method, my hair would not curl unless right after a shower. I will not use shampoo again.

March 3, 2011
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I'm interested in trying this method too.  Some background about my hair:

 

I was born with naturally curly hair but over the years of blow drying and curling it (mainly using the heat from the curling iron to smooth out frizzies) my natural curl has kind of died out in places.  My hair near the crown and on the sides is straight and wispy, while in back it curls in an ugly tangled mess.  Plus my hair is super baby fine, and thinning to the point where my dermatologist suggested I start using Rogaine to try and regrow it on top.  I have had some regrowth from the Rogaine (started using it in August) and now I have 1-2 inch long flyaway hairs that stick out all over on top if I don't hairspray them down.

 

Since using hairspray everyday is necessary for me right now, if I do the BS method, wouldn't I have to wash everyday to get the hairspray off?  Or do I just wet my hair in the shower without washing?  I would think just wetting the hair in between washings would make the hairspray buildup get all gunky.  Or do I not get it wet at all between washings and just let the hairspray buildup everyday?

 

I'm confused!

March 3, 2011
4:29 pm
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When I had to tame my hair down more, I just water-washed and gently finger massaged it in between washing with BS.  That's what worked for me at least, though I did use spray with a light hand.  I think you'll find it's all much tamer after using the baking soda and you'll use less of the spray.

And, if you find you still have to wash it more often, there's nothing stopping you from using the BS everyday… I'm just pretty sure you won't need to. cool  Maybe every other day?  You'll just find what works for you I'm sure.  happy-flower

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March 3, 2011
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Betsy~ Maybe someone can answer better than me, but I'd say just to try it and just rinse and massage really well with water on your non-wash day(s). You may find you don't have to add more hairspray the next day???? I always figure I can go back to shampoo if this method doesn't work. So far it's been wonderful, though! Good luck!

March 3, 2011
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Pick a day you don't have to go anywhere and see how it works.  My hair has become thicker and much more manageable without any product than it ever has been since I was in junior high (that's been many years!).  I have long curly hair and had given up on it being curly unless it was short.  Have no problem with the curls now!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

March 3, 2011
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We have folks around here with all sorts of different types of hair, all reporting good results.  My results may be among the more dramatic, since my hairdresser had been calling my hair “fragile” for years.  He has seen it since I started using this method and not only asked what I had been doing (assuming I'd adopted some strange diet or something!). but called everyone in the salon, including customers, over to have me explain it to them!

And that was after using this method for no longer than 2 months! 

Will everyone have such drmatic results?  Maybe, maybe not, but so far, everyone around here who has tried it has been happy!

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March 4, 2011
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I have been using b/s and acv rinse for over a week now and I love it.  I was like mammaleigh, my head and scalp itched like mad and my hair would be oily and yucky hours after shampooing.  After my first wash my hair was full and had alot of bounce that it has been missing for months.  I tried my first experiment on a day that I did not have to go out. Also for a tablespoon of baking soda and a glass of water it's worth the investment for a trial run. I'm lovin' it! happy-flower

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

March 4, 2011
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Betsy
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Thanks for the suggestions gals!  I'm going to try it this weekend. :)

March 4, 2011
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Being a natural skeptic, it is extremely difficult for me to believe that anything can be this universally successful.  But sometimes, simple is good!  Still, there just HAS to be someone out there for whom this doesn't work?  Maybe with the rest of us raving about it they are shy to admit it?  I dunno.

It just doesn't seem possible!  One product which works for everyone?  All I know for sure is that it works great in this household!

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March 4, 2011
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Baking soda has been working really well for me.  I have been using it for several months now.  My hair is not nearly as frizzy and poof-y as before.  I don't have to wash it as often.  You can not beat the price.  I am very happy with this method.

 I am sure people out there think we are completely crazy, but it works for me.  happy-flower

March 5, 2011
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So far it is working for me, it really has only been about a week of doing it, I have tried skipping the bs part and just doing the acv…that does not work for me. I have to wash everyday. Not a problem for me at all. I still have those, my hair is going nuts moments, but not too many. Mostly when I don't let it dry all the way and start messing with it. If something does go wrong I will say something..ha-ha!

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

March 7, 2011
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Everyone's been having such great results with the BS so I started using it last week.  The first couple times it looked great.  And I like the way my scalp feels–no itching.  However, I have shoulder length hair and it's now beginning to look stringy.  Not around the scalp, but a few inches away.  Am I not getting the BS washed down the hair strands enough?  I really tried to get it washed through this morning, but it looks bad.  Any suggestions?

 

P.S. I rinse very thoroughly twice, have soft water, and don't use ACV.

March 7, 2011
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I also have soft water.  I haven't had that problem.  I have long (mid-way down my back) thick hair.  I use 1 Tbsp baking soda mixed with 8 oz water.  I squirt that over my already wet hair.  When reading about baking soda shampoo, I remember some saying that they had to adjust the amount of baking soda used.  Maybe try using less baking soda and see if that helps.  Some people also said that their hair needed an adjustment period when they started using the baking soda method.  HTH

March 7, 2011
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Well, you could try the ACV see if that helps.  Or, you could use shampoo once a week, then the BS the other times and see if that works.  There are times it's easier to grab the shampoo after all.  I still keep a bottle of Suave in the shower!  I use the BS most of the time too, and do keep a plastic V8 bottle of diluted ACV there, and use it whether or not I use shampoo or BS.

//editing to add// also, your hair may just need more time to adjust to the change!  Maybe plain water 'washing' in between too.  

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March 7, 2011
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I have noticed that my hair looks better if I blow it dry. It doesn't tend to look as stringy. Maybe that would help? I also do a good rigorous massage and rinse with water on non-wash days until I feel a slight change in my wet hair. Hope this helps.

March 20, 2011
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I've been poo-free for 3 weeks now, and I am amazed at how easily my hair converted to the more natural cleaning method.  I can easily go three days without washing.  Prior to this method I had a history of and itchy, scaly, flaky scalp.  No longer.

I love it when we figure out how to avoid chemicals!

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March 20, 2011
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My poo-free experience is my hair is about the same (very straight, thin and fine) cleaning with BS/ACV or with shampoo BUT I don't lose handfuls of it in every combing if I use BS & ACV.  That cinched it for me!

…and then they bought the goat! :D

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