So I’ve been doing the baking soda and vinegar routine for about a month and a half now. I can’t tell you how impressed I’ve been! I didn’t have any transition phase. I haven’t used “normal” shampoo on a regular basis for years, so my scalp really had nothing new to adjust to. My hair feels soooooo much better!! It also looks considerably better, as you can see from the photos. The curls are coming back, it’s shiny, it feels soft and healthy.
I finally bit the bullet and ordered some good shampoo and conditioner. I’m not sure yet how I want to continue….. stick to no-poo for a while?….. switch back to shampoo and conditioner?….. use a combination of both? I’m undecided.
If you’ve read much of my past blog, you probably know that my biggest complaint is finding a shampoo or conditioner I love……. and then they change it. And the hunt for the right product starts all over again. The past few years, things have been up in the air with products for me, never quite settling on one I love. And in the process, using my husband’s Pantene in between. 😝
I finally settled (as in, I bought it more than once) on one my hair mostly likes, but it’s about $8 a bottle, and I can only get it online. (No stores around here carry it.) But money got tight, and I stopped ordering it. I used Pantene for a few months, just because we already had it, but my hair felt gross and got really tangled on the under side (a result of cones). So, I stripped my hair and tried another product. It’s organic, no cones, cheaper than the one I order, and I can get it in local stores. However, after using it for a couple of weeks, my hair feels like it’s coated in wax!
So……. with all that, my hair is not in good shape. It’s limp and heavy, it waves instead of curls, it frizzes as it dries, etc. The only time I wear it down is when I flat iron it. 🙁 I seriously need a change.
Last week, I decided to get real basic and try the baking soda & vinegar routine. I’m giving up shampoo and conditioner entirely for the time being. I can already tell a difference after only one wash!! I won’t be doing this long-term because I’ve heard it can be damaging. I’m just hoping to get rid of all the build-up and get my hair back into decent shape.
On the up side though… my hair is thicker and growing faster than it ever has before! (I’m sure it’s due to pregnancy hormones, since I just had my second child.) I trimmed off a total of about 8 inches last year to maintain my length. 8 inches in 1 year!!! How exciting is that?! 😊
Here is a video showing the baking soda & vinegar wash routine.