My hair is pretty thin, but I have a lot of it. My hair was also pretty oily. I used to wash my hair daily with normal shampoo, something I knew was probably contributing to my oily problem, but it's a vicious cycle! I couldn't not wash my hair because it would get oily, and when I washed it I knew I was stripping my hair of its natural oils, thus the overproduction of oil. It was oily within 24 hours of washing, so every morning, I washed it. I did use baby powder and dry shampoo sometimes, but I just didn't love that solution. I should have just cut back on shampoo-ing, dealt with the oil, but I never could bite the bullet. Until…
I figured something as drastic as cutting 8+ inches off my hair could be matched with something as drastic as washing it with an alternative shampoo. A good turning point, if you will. So I just jumped right in. Plus, short hair is so much easier to handle! (Baking soda shampoo isn't slick or easy to maneuver.)
I started my new routine the day after I got it cut off. I have a bottle of dry baking soda in the shower and I put about a teaspoon or two in the palm of my hand. I slowly add drops of water until the consistency reaches something resembling shampoo - not too liquidy or it all slips out of your hand, not too solid or you can't move it around. It doesn't take long to figure out the right consistency for you. Side note - I'd read a lot about people adding lavender or jojoba oils to their baking soda shampoo, because baking soda can irritate your skin or make it itchy, but I haven't and it's been fine.
The first few months, I'd wash my hair with regular shampoo once every ten days or so just in case. Now, after eight months of baking soda shampoo, I can say that I’m a huge fan. My hair is no longer oily, and even my face is less oily at the end of a long day. My hair feels strong and grows pretty fast. Honestly, I did this experiment mostly for my oily hair problem. But I’m also a wannabe-hippie and it feels great to reduce my consumption of plastic bottles and contact with chemicals.
So there it is! Think it’s weird? Questions? Comments? Have you done it?
PS – My husband thinks this is the weirdest thing! Every time we talk about it he says “Whitney, just wash your hair with normal shampoo!” Hehe.