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The Blatherings Of A Blitherer

Dirty Hair update plus OCM

May16

I didn’t take a shower this morning.

I  normally take a shower every morning because if I don’t, I’m greasy and disgusting. Well, really only my face and hair are greasy and disgusting. I don’t shower the night before because normally, if I wash my hair and then go to bed, I wake up with greasy and disgusting hair. Because that 8 or so hours of sleep is enough time for my scalp to go “OH HEY WOAH NUH UH! IT’S OILY TIME!” and gross things up.

So I hear people talking about how they only shower/wash their hair once or twice a week and I just can’t wrap my mind around that. No, I don’t think they’re dirty or anything, but just… not having to shower constantly? Not having to scrub your scalp at least once a day? Having that much free time in the morning? Is that really… is that possible?

I woke up this morning and my hair was not greasy and oily and disgusting. I did not shower this morning. I had an extra 45 minutes and didn’t have to get dressed while still damp and very hurried. I was able to floss my teeth leisurely. A whole new world is opening up for me.

In short, cleaning my hair with baking soda and lemon juice really seems to be working out. I’m still tinkering with the amounts I use (I think I’ve been using too much baking soda) and want to get some squirt bottles so I can get the bs mixture on my roots and not on my hair. But yeah. I’m really liking this so far.

Some of you have commented saying that you’re thinking of going the same route. Here’s some tips that might help you:

  • Start using shampoos and conditioners that don’t have silicone, dimethicone, or anything else ending in “cone” for at least a week. The silicone glues split ends back together. If you stope using a silicone based shampoo/conditioner then eventually the cones get stripped out and the split ends start splitting again. Split dry ends plus early greasy scalp can be really discouraging. I’d been using non-‘con-containing shampoo and conditioner for several months so I think I was able to skip that ookiness entirely.
  • If the baking soda doesn’t work for you, go back to shampoo but try watering it down some. Add more water to the mix every week or so until you kind of plateu, then try the baking soda again.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can darken light hair, so if you’re blonde, consider using lemon or lime juice. Likewise, citrus juice can lighten dark hair, so if you’re dark, use ACV.
  • The acidic rinse is very important to seal the roughed up cuticle of your hair and normalize your hair’s pH balance. Don’t forget it. Also, ACV can make your scalp feel greasier so try to use it just on the ends of your hair.
  • Rinse the acidic rinse very well or your hair can feel sticky.
  • Don’t use too much baking soda, and use it only on your scalp and not on the body of your hair.
  • If the ends (especially tips) of your hair get dry use a tiny amount of oil. I’ve heard both Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and coconut oil recomended. Just barely wet your fingertips and stroke them through the ends only. Don’t use any on your scalp unless your scalp is really dry.
  • A boar bristle brush will help spread the oil from your scalp/roots to the ends of your hair. I have a lot of fine hair and I seperate my dry hair into sections to brush it. If I just try to brush my hair, the hair on the bottom is untouched. Also, the brush does jack all for snarls/tangles. I’m trying to find a wooden comb to purchase, which should help with oil distribution and also work out snarls/tangles.

The first few times I used the baking soda, I made a paste and scrubbed it in because I was really greasy and had lots of sebum build up. Then I kept doing the same thing when I wasn’t as greasy. Folks online recomend using about a tablespoon of baking soda to a cup or two of water and I’m at a point now where that works really well, but if I get sebum build up again I’ll use the paste once or twice to clear my scalp.

The skin around my hairline, my shoulders, and my back is a lot clearer with smaller and less clogged pores, and I’ve only been doing this a few days.

My face is also super oily and has been since I was 7 years old or so. The more I try to strip off the extra oil, the oilier I get, which kind of makes sense. On a whim, last night I picked up some Castor Oil and tried The Oil Cleansing Method or OCM. I used three parts castor oil to 7 parts sunflower/flax seed oil I had lying around, and also added 3 drops of oregano essential oil and a splash of tea tree oil (the latter two are antibacterial). I was worried about being too oily (adding oil to oil? no way!) but I figured I could always, you know, wash my face afterwards if I needed to. I came out feeling clean and relaxed and my face wasn’t blotchy or overly dry. It was ever so slightly tacky, but not unpleasantly so. I woke up this morning and my face still felt clean and not excessively oily. Usually I wake up in the morning and can scrape off oil. I feel like I could rub my face on a piece of paper and the paper would turn translucent.

I think I am going to do the OCM once a week or as needed, with in between cleansings of Dr Bronners Pure Castille soap, possibly using diluted ACV as a toner (I sometimes get buildup on my ears with Dr Bronners soaps, which is weird).

I’m also trying to transition to a more natural deoderant for my armpits. I’m allergic to most deoderants, and sensitive to a lot of chemicals and scents/perfumes anyway, so the simpler the products I put on my skin and in my body the better.

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