So I spent a couple months diligently using baking soda and apple cider as recommended. The end result?
I go home and my mother is just like, dude, your hair is a greasy nightmare. (Except in Hindi. And she doesn’t say ‘dude’ in any language.)
And she was spot-on.
My comb was testimony enough to that. I kept hoping it was just stray baking soda, but, well. No.
I see posts saying that people had to add coconut oil to their hair—which makes me think there’s a bit of an ethnicity issue, because I have so much hair, and it is really rough, thick hair, and it gets unbelievably greasy if left to its own devices.
To be honest I don’t have the patience to try the fancier alternatives. So it’s back to shampoo for now. But the one thing I’ve really gotten out of this, which is great, is that I don’t need to wash my hair more than 2-3 times a week. Previously I washed it almost every day, which was ridiculous.
After reading a bunch of stuff talking about how shampoo is actually worse for thick, curly hair (it’s a detergent, etc etc see link), I’ve finally decided to give it a try.
Even if I weren’t eco-obsessed and cheap as hell, I’ve become gradually convinced that shampoo isn’t that good for me. For one, when I dropped from using Head & Shoulders every other day to something like once a week, my dandruff got way better. And for the past few months, I’ve been cutting back conditioner use—went from daily to maybe twice a week. Yes, it was gross and my head got kind of greasy in between, but I’m anticipating way fewer problems with this.
So, anyway, Day 1. Dropped into the pool for a bit. Added ~1tbsp baking soda to a spray bottle of water (I’m not sure why none of the links I found recommend using spray bottles, I found it hella convenient), and then ~1tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a second spray bottle. If you’re wondering about the approximations…look at the recipes on this blog. I have a problem.
I sprayed my hair a shit-ton with the baking soda and slightly less with the vinegar (not a fan of the smell) and, right now, it feels awesome. We’ll see how things go.