I don’t remember how many weeks it has been since I started using baking soda and vinegar instead of shampoo, but I think it was at the end of February. It’s been a while since I posted any sort of update, so I guess this is a good time for a recap.
The first several weeks were rough. My hair has always been very oily and I have shampooed daily for 25 years. The baking soda/vinegar kept my scalp healthy and dramatically reduced my persistent dandruff, but it did NOT get rid of the oil. It was difficult. I was sure that eventually the oil production would slow down, but I didn’t see it happening.
Then I discovered that because my water is very hard, the baking soda doesn’t work the same for me as it does for those with soft water. I started adding some baking soda to boiling water and letting it cool before I used it. It made a world of difference!
Suddenly my hair was clean and soft! I still use the soda/vinegar every 2 or 3 days, but my hair is nice and soft, clean and shiny. I can do this forever. I would like to be able to go longer between washes, but I seem to be in a holding pattern. Maybe in the winter, when the weather is cooler and drier.
My children have all made the switch as well though some of them switch back and forth, occasionally using shampoo/conditioner for the fragrance. Some are old enough to have an opinion. A few held out longer than others, but our discovery about boiling the water encouraged the reluctant ones to give it a try.
One daughter who has had eczema on her scalp for over 5 years found that her eczema was gone after a week of baking soda and vinegar. When she shampooed the following week, it was back. She is now a convert.
I would love to wrap up this post with a wise and witty comment, but my laptop is used for movies in our house. It’s Friday night. There are about 5 smallish people leaning over me, whispering into both ears, “mom, turn the movie back on. mom, can we watch the movie now? how ’bout now?”
Quite understandably, my wit is nowhere to be found. Instead, I’ll find the “play” button.