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  •  Lavender would be better for dry hair than (7+ / 0-)

    Lemon. Citrus essential oils are drying,

    I shampoo mine about once a week with Trader Joe's shampoo. The other days I just rinse it with water. But I have well water which makes a difference - comes out untangled with well water.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 03:02:19 PM PDT

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    •  As I reduced the frequency to about once a week (7+ / 0-)

      my head has made less oil. I really see the difference when I compare my pillow cover to my husband's!!

      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 04:00:36 PM PDT

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    •  you can use dilute lemon juice for the essential (1+ / 0-)
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      oil -- with the baking soda being the drying alkali that strips out the oils, you need to balance the PH, and that's what the diluted lemon-juice concentrate (acid) is for. that way you're not adding oil back in at the beginning.

      I've been b.soda/lemon-ing for almost a decade. I have waist-length hair that is naturally straight and medium thickness. It's not as coarse-grained as average Asian hair, but it is by NO means "fine". The following routine may or may not work for anyone else, but it's one to try a couple of times and see how or if it works for YOU.

      OK, here's my usual max. over-verbosity! 8-)

      I've been using a couple of TBS baking soda in a cup and a half of water (approx) to start, working it into the hair at the top of my scalp especially, as that area is what goes to greasy first.

      then rinse the baking soda clear out and mix up about the same proportion of lemon-juice-concentrate (BIG bottles of ReaLemon, like from Costco) and water. bend over and start with the ends... that's the part that will react the worst to the soda-drying, so that's where you need to do the most balancing! then work the remainder into the length of your hair, and finally a small proportion at the top of the head. Rinse completely.

      Now, I make real sure to brush my hair thoroughly and work out all tangles BEFORE I get it wet. I read something on long-hair washing about a ZILLION years ago by ... maybe in Jose Eber's Shake your hair, darling??? and his main recommendation was to NOT smoosh your hair around in the soap, like you see in the tv commercials! That kind of swirling action may be photogenic but it's what ties new knots! Work shampoo-equivalent in at the scalp with a massaging motion (which is real good for the hair follicles anyway!), then use the flats of your palms to work the shampoo through the hair, from scalp to ends. like you were rolling a cigar between your palms, but just enough to distribute the cleaner. Then, all rinsing should also be done from scalp to ends with as little handling of the hair as possible and certainly not circular swirly motions!

      When done with cleanser & rinse, let hair drip as much as possible, then gently wrap in a towel, turban fashion. Let hair sit and "blot" up water into the towel while you dry the rest. Then I take off the towel, bend over again, and brush from scalp to ends, SLOWLY!, pausing at any tugging (which almost never happens, but that's probably just my hair!) Your hair is weaker and more prone to breakage when it's wet, but the water also helps things "slide". A certain amount of hair will come out in your brush at both the before and after brushing, but not usually any more than at a daily dry-brushing.

      I usually do my hair in an evening shower and let it dry overnight. Haven't used a blow-dryer probably since college. I do catch it up, loosely, at the top of my head, for maximum fluff-drying of the top of my head (because I want the effect to last as long as possible). Most days, 8-ish hours overnight and about an hour completely down & loose in the AM will be enough for complete dry-age. We do sleep in heated (60-65) conditions in the winter, that might be a factor for some folks, in less temperate parts of the country.

      MY hair lasts almost exactly 7 days before the top of my head is greasy enough again to require cleaning. These days, even when I lazy-out and use commercial shampoo & conditioner (cheapo Suave green apple does NOT give teh DH allergies...), I can usually manage 3-4 days between shampoos.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 06:50:43 PM PDT

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