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CeeJayRose
« on: February 12, 2011 10:07:16 AM »

My roots get greasy pretty quick and I already do use baby powder/cocoa powder to help...but is there anything else? Or some sort of spray that would help? I know I had bought this spray by Mark and it was called "Next Day Spray" or something and was supposed to help with that and it worked really nicely for a while, but then stopped. 

So is there anything I can MAKE to help degreasify my roots?
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011 02:44:35 PM »

Hmm I can't think of anything, I'll keep my eye out for a recipe though!
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011 08:40:03 PM »

You might try some arrowroot powder, kaolin clay or natrasorb mixtures. I bought a dry shampoo from Sallys that I like pretty well. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2011 01:38:20 PM »

How often do you wash your hair? Other people may attest to this as well, from personal experience I've found that the LESS I wash my hair  the less oily it is (I know it sounds weird but it's totally true). Something to do with shampoo ridding your scalp of it's natural oils and thus your body produces more perhaps? I don't really know. I still rinse my hair with just water and condition the ends pretty frequently, but as far as using shampoo - I actually only wash it 2-3 times a week. It does take some time to get used to, your body has to adjust, but in the end from what I've experienced it's totally worth it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011 03:44:23 PM »

Yes, it's because of the shampoo drying out the scalp which causes it to overproduce oil. And I don't use shampoo. I use conditioner only to wash my hair because shampoo dries my hair out too much and causes it to be staticy... I was my hair every second to third day. That's the max I can go. I've tried stretching the time between washes but I guess I'm just someone who's scalp doesn't agree with it. lol
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011 08:02:39 AM »

Ok, well here's the thing: if you've only recently begun the no-shampoo thing, your body will take some time to adjust to it. It's "rebelling" so to speak. Until it reaches equilibrium, there's a few things you can do to help. 1- get a boar bristle or natural bristle brush and start using it a couple times a day. Make sure to pull the brush all the way through to the ends with each stroke, to distribute the oil from your scalp through your hair. 2 - Try rinsing more frequently, but instead of using conditioner each time, try some apple-cider vinegar (check out this post http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html for more info). Also, you said that you "use conditioner only to wash my hair" - are you applying the conditioner to your scalp? This could be a huge part of the problem, conditioner should be used on the ends of your hair only, or from about ear level down, as it causes the exact problem you are experiencing - more greasiness on your head! Once your body balances out and produces less oil, and you are distributing the oil from your scalp to the rest of your hair, you'll also eventually find that you have less and less need for conditioner.

Hope this helps you!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2011 08:14:03 AM »

Plain cornstarch might work better than the baby powder. Worth a try, anyway, it's certainly cheaper.

Also a few months ago I read about using baking soda and vinegar for your shampoo and conditioner. I tried it for a while, but it really wasn't moisturizing enough for the ends of my (quite long) hair. Anyway, you dissolve 1 Tbs of baking soda in about a cup of warm water, and 1 Tbs (I used a tiny bit more) of apple cider vinegar in a separate cup of water. Make absolutely sure ALL the baking soda is dissolved, otherwise it's like sanding your hair, and that's bad. Then when you shower, just get your hair wet and pour the baking soda over your hair, sort of rubbing it into your scalp like you would shampoo, and then leave it for a few minutes. I just went about the rest of my showering while I waited. Then rinse, and then pour the vinegar over your hair, again concentrating mostly on your scalp. If you don't mind the vinegar smell, don't rinse your hair.

The thing is, the first couple weeks you do this, your hair WILL be even greasier, since your scalp is still making a lot of oil to replace what shampoo strips away, but then it will get better.
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011 09:28:08 AM »

Baby powder is usually cornstarch + fragrance, or talc + fragrance. As far as what's cheaper, it depends where you shop. A container of baby powder at the dollar store may be cheaper than cornstarch from the grocery store bakery section. It also really depends on your personal preference - do you want to smell powdery fresh? As far as talc vs cornstarch, if you go looking for it you'll find lots of scare stories about talc and how it's carcinogenic etc, you have to make up your own mind about that. The main differences are: talc is a mineral while cornstarch is plant derived, and talc is smaller particle size so tend to feel softer. As far as which one works for you, just experiment with both.
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2011 09:45:28 AM »

Ok, well here's the thing: if you've only recently begun the no-shampoo thing, your body will take some time to adjust to it. It's "rebelling" so to speak. Until it reaches equilibrium, there's a few things you can do to help. 1- get a boar bristle or natural bristle brush and start using it a couple times a day. Make sure to pull the brush all the way through to the ends with each stroke, to distribute the oil from your scalp through your hair. 2 - Try rinsing more frequently, but instead of using conditioner each time, try some apple-cider vinegar (check out this post http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html for more info). Also, you said that you "use conditioner only to wash my hair" - are you applying the conditioner to your scalp? This could be a huge part of the problem, conditioner should be used on the ends of your hair only, or from about ear level down, as it causes the exact problem you are experiencing - more greasiness on your head! Once your body balances out and produces less oil, and you are distributing the oil from your scalp to the rest of your hair, you'll also eventually find that you have less and less need for conditioner.

Hope this helps you!!

I've been using conditioner only for a couple years now. I have super long hair (to some, short to me. lol It's down to the bottom of my butt) and it cleans my hair like a charm. It even gets extra virgin olive oil out of my hair so I have no problem knowing that it cleans my hair very well. So the cleaning part I'm good on. Plus, using conditioner only is actually a VERY common thing among "long hairs". I'm part of a long hair community where a lot of people do this.

And I also have a boar bristle brush which I've found doesn't help too much.

And apple cider vinegar...I've used it before but usually only for help with dandruff/itchiness.

My hair is also quite fine so the greasiness shows up much more so than others.
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tr3kkie9rl
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2011 12:27:12 PM »

ah well it sounds like you're already pretty familiar with all of my proposed remedies sorry I couldn't help you :-( if you do come up with a solution please post it!
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