Friday, February 21, 2014

Shampoo Freeville 911!

Troubleshooting – YAY!

Once you've gotten to the point where you are shampoo and conditioner free, and are just using the Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar treatments, if your hair feels like it isn't agreeing with the treatments or if you are wondering if you are applying them correctly, here are some pointers!

Baking Soda Wash:
Start by massaging into the roots of your hair and work out toward the ends. After a few seconds your hair should be easy to comb through with your fingers as the baking soda dissolves. It softens the water and your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner:
I recommend leaving it on your hair as long as you would any conditioner: at least 3-5 minutes. (I always wash my hair when I'm in the shower, so I let the ACV mixture sit in my hair while I'm washing everything else, then rinse.)

How often should I wash my hair?”
I recommend once every two to four days, depending on your level of physical activity. Whatever is comfortable for you. There are a lot of different approaches to this. My hair feels greasy after three to four days so I wash it then. When I first started my 4th step I was washing my hair every other day, and that is fine. The longer you use the “poo-less” regimen, the more days you can go between washes without your hair feeling like a barnyard explosion. ;)

If your hair and/or scalp is feeling Dry:
First try this
Apple Cider Vinegar:
#1 – Up the vinegar content to 2 Tbsp* (or more as needed) per cup of water.
#2 – Add one tsp of honey per cup of water
#3 – Use both step 1 and 2
* I have found that my hair does best with a 1:2 ratio of ACV and water, respectively.

If your hair and/or scalp is feeling Oily:
I have never had this problem because my hair has always been so dry, but some of my friends who do the “poo-less” regimen do have oily hair. I asked them what they do, and I did a little research of my own.
I recommend massaging and leaving the baking soda treatment on your hair a little longer. That is the simplest solution. Also, oily hair is similar to oily skin. It needs to be properly moisturized to become less oily. While this may seem counter- intuitive, your body naturally creates more oil the dryer your skin and hair become. It is trying to make up for a lack of moisture.

One more thing –
Don't use hot water on your hair. I know how nice it is to get in a steamy hot shower, but luke-warm or cold water is best for your hair because it won't strip the moisture and nutrients out like hot water does.

Try These Fun Additives!
(Add them to the Vinegar)
Chamomile Tea – Instead of the plain water. It will nourish your hair and make the highlights shinier, and will brighten them over time.
Green Tea – this will do a few things for your hair. It helps stimulate your scalp, which helps your hair grow better and faster, and it nourishes your hair in several ways. You can look Green Tea up on Wikipedia to see what is in it that is so good for you.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions if you have any!

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