Day 7- Today officially marks a week of not using shampoo and conditioner, and today my hair feels and looks it's cleanest and softest yet. Today I added more baking soda to my mixture and washed twice with it and rinsed twice with the vinegar mixture (I had a snow day, so I was able to take a nice long shower). I'm not sure if that's what made the difference, or if my hair is just beginning to adjust.
Day 8-11- I'm grouping all of these days together because a) I wasn't diligent about writing those days and b) all four of those days were about the same. It think my hair is almost through the adjustment phase. When I let it dry naturally and wear it curly, it does not look greasy at all. It has generally been soft and the curls bouncy. I've been combing it out at night which ruins the curls (they are ruined when I sleep anyway, so who cares?), but I read somewhere that this important in order to help the natural oils protect your hair and to literally comb out some of the day's "dirt." After I comb it out, I can run my fingers through it with no fear of creating frizzy curls and can see that it feels clean, and looks, in my opinion, less greasy than it normally used to at the end of the day.
|Day 11-- another lousy picture, but you get the idea.|
It's clean and curly.
Day 12- I used only the baking soda wash today and I was completely happy with the cleanliness of my hair. I plan to try to straighten it on Friday.
I also wanted to mention that the biggest difference I've seen is the lack of dandruff. I have major problems with dandruff. I mean (and you won't believe how embarrassing this is for me to actually type out) I get chunks of flaking scalp that sometimes scab. This is actually another wonderful symptom of the PCOS. That and hair loss. Yippee! (I watched some old home movies with my family the other day and my hair when I was sixteen was twice as thick as it is now). Anyway, the point is, the dandruff issues are little to none now. This alone is enough to convince me to keep going with the no 'poo.