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July 8th, 2015

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07:48 am - Putting food in my hair instead of poo
For the past few months, starting shortly after I removed all of the hair on my head, I've been washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar. This is, unfortunately, called the "no poo method". That website claims that shampoo is unnatural and that the greasiness of hair that hasn't been washed in a while is actually the result of shampoo messing up your glands.

I don't know. What I do know is that it's working fine for me.

Hair care has been a problem for me because I have really bad dandruff. This includes lots of flaking and general gunkiness but the worst part is the itching. For some reason I'm very itchy in general but on my head it's the worst. It would get so bad it hurt and I'd scratch myself bloody (though of course sometimes it's the other way around). If I were smart I'd shave every day and keep with the baldness, but I hate shaving.

A few years ago, I spent a while trying various dandruff shampoos. The only one that fixed the problem was the strongest version of Head & Shoulders. That wasn't a great solution though, because it's kind of pricey and full of strong chemicals and scents that messed up my sense of smell. Also, it required being left in my hair for a few minutes so if I wasn't careful (and I'm often not careful) it would end up in my eyes or nose or mouth and that would be painful. Additionally, my roommate's boyfriend is very sensitive to chemical smells and one time I was in his car after I'd washed my hair and it made him sick, so that's no good. I'd prefer to be sensitive to people with sensitivities even though I'm hardly ever around him.

He's the one who told me about this method. I was surprised to discover that it actually defeats my dandruff problems, although I have to do it at least every other day or the itching comes back. I should do it every day but I don't feel like it. Baking soda has so many uses it's almost bizarre. I got a big box of it at the store; Arm & Hammer must be taking this renaissance of baking soda's popularity seriously, because the box lists a whole lot of things you can do with it (for example, itch relief), when they used to just sell it for, you know, baking.

Here's what I do: I put two spoonfuls of baking soda in a small cup, then add a little water and stir it until it's a paste. The website recommends a cup of water per tablespoon of baking soda, but I don't like how that works and I think I need it to be more concentrated than the average person does. I rub that into my hair and beard and moustache and then rinse it out. I also rinse out my cup to stave off volcanoes, then I pour a little apple cider vinegar in and dilute it with some of the water that is coming out of the wall and apply that as well. They insist on apple cider vinegar; I don't know what happens if you use regular vinegar. Maybe your face melts off.
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Date:July 8th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
The reason this method works for itchy scalp is probably because it alters the Ph of your skin. This makes it a.) inhospitable for the organisms causing the itch, and b.) calms down the histamine reaction of your skin. Hair greasiness isn't just from using shampoo. It's also from not using a moisturizer afterward. The same is true with soap and your face if you have oily skin. This is what the apple cider vinegar is helping with. It's a humectant, which means it attracts moisture. You could even add a little honey to it (or use a honey water mixture) if you wanted to, if your scalp or skin still feels dry or you just want to smell like something besides vinegar.
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Date:July 9th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information. I learned a new word!

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