I started out using the honey wash method every other day. I added a lemon juice rinse after the first week. But, my hair was just not getting any less oily (the adjustment period after quitting your shampoo will not be awesome). No one but me noticed, but still... So this morning I tried what most no-pooers do and made the baking soda wash with the apple cider vinegar rinse. And WOW, for the first time in two weeks, my hair is SO soft and smooth and not oily at all!!
I do not like blow drying my hair--I just don't have the time to mess with that. So to style it wavy like this and relax the curls, I wait til it's almost dry, then gather it up, twist it and wrap it in a loose bun, sticking some pins or a pony tail holder over it. After about 30 minutes, I take it down and ta-da. Done. I do style my bangs with a flat iron and sometimes fix some curls with my curling iron if some pieces are going crazy. But, no product at all.
So my recommendations so far:
- Take the plunge!! Give it 30 days. Just see what happens.
- The honey did not work for me. It was actually more oily on the days I used the honey, so I guess there's a reason that method isn't as prevalent as the baking soda/vinegar method.
- My adjustment period was a couple weeks, but some people say it took up to 6 weeks for their natural oils to figure things out. So don't give up.
- I'm not going to bother writing the step-by-step because you can already find that alllll over the Internet. If you do have questions, leave them in the comments and I will absolutely answer them!
- You might find a couple posts that claim baking soda and vinegar will ruin your hair--that's because this method is NOT meant to be used every day. It might possibly damage your hair and scalp if you do that. You may need to use it more in those first couple weeks while your scalp adjusts, then you will be able to go 3 or 4 days or even up to a week without washing or just using water to rinse. Time for me to buy a shower cap ;)