November 22nd, 2005, 10:26 AM
At one time I came upon an article here about BS washes and how they should not be done regularly and if they are, they are stripping the hair or something and making it fried, more or less.
The problem is I have believed for the past year or so that my scalp loves it. It feels so good and feels so clean afterwards. But my ends tangle like the dickens, and I can't get it to calm down. I had been doing CO washes for some time but it made my scalp real nasty and greasy and I just had to quit. With all this talk of SLS's and cones I just don't know what to do. I have been washing with BS w/ honey and rinsing with ACV I'd say 90% of the time for the past year or so. Is there and alternative for an oily scalp? I have to wash my hair often or it quickly gets real oily and limp(not the ends though)
I'm terribly kind to my hair, never blow dry, brush carefully, use gentle hair items, is my tangley ends the result of my beloved BS washes?
I am a newbie here, just trying to get my hair to look good, I trimmed it about 2 months ago....so it's not like I have a ton of split ends...
November 22nd, 2005, 10:44 AM
What your doing sounds a lot like the big movement of "no-poo" on livejournal. I've never tried it so I have no advice to add, but incase you haven't seen it there is a good article their on it. Heres the link:
Also what you might want to try for washing is CWC, a lot of people here do it with really good results. It allows you to wash your scalp while protecting your ends. There is an article in the article section here. http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/articles.php?action=viewarticle&artid=21
I'm sure others might have more ideas for you? And I'm sure you'll find what works for your hair, it just might take a little trial and error. Welcome to the boards!
daughter of eve
November 22nd, 2005, 11:26 AM
Perhaps a BS wash on the scalp and conditioner on the length would work well for you? Maybe that way both your scalp and your ends would be happy.
November 22nd, 2005, 11:39 AM
All that baking soda on your scalp probably has it a bit confused. The scalp is probably in hyperdrive creating oil trying to keep up. Baking soda washes should only be used no more than once a month, probably. To get your Ph balance back, try an ACV rinse AFTER you wash your hair, then rinse out the ACV. Also, You might find a good tingly shampoo that you could use in conjunction with CWC'ing. Nature's Gate with Biotin is a great one for oily scalp...it uses mint and leaves the scalp very happy without all the stripping of baking soda. Keep the length and ends protected with conditioner while you wash your scalp with shampoo...and then apply a bit of oil to the ends of your wet hair...2-4 drops of oil goes a long way, so don't over-oil:smile:
November 22nd, 2005, 12:14 PM
All that baking soda on your scalp probably has it a bit confused. The scalp is probably in hyperdrive creating oil trying to keep up. Baking soda washes should only be used no more than once a month, probably.
If the dilution is weak enough, it's probably not doing any harm. The LiveJournal link that silencepainter posted details a routine that uses a weak baking soda wash followed (but not every time) by an ACV vinegar rinse. I've recently started doing this and my results are fantastic. The wash solution should never be gritty, and always feels slippery on my scalp.
stringbean, you said:
I have to wash my hair often or it quickly gets real oily and limp(not the ends though)
If you're doing baking soda washes very, very often then yes, that could dry out your hair. The point of them is that they end up not having to be done all that often. Usually twice, maybe three times a week. You could try dropping the honey from your washing mix, perhaps. Some people have reported that honey actually makes their hair tangle more, although I've never experienced it myself. If there's beeswax in your honey (bought locally this sometimes happens) then it could be the culprit.
Good luck! I hope you find a solution that works for you. :flower: