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.