No Poo in Soft Water

If you’ve been following my blog you know we recently moved to the Mississippi Gulf coast. Everything is in transition while we search for our future farm, including my hair. While my hair generally does well in a humid coastal setting, it does not seem to like the soft water we have here.  I have been reading that it should actually be easier to go from No Poo to water only washing when the water is soft, but I have found that while I No Poo about the same amount (1-2 times/week), I have to use the vinegar rinse more often to keep my hair from feeling to dry. This agrees with internet lore that I should use either less baking soda or a more acidic rinse (I’m using apple cider vinegar, some people use citric acid) to avoid getting baking soda buildup which makes my hair feel thick, slightly sticky near the roots and dry near the ends.

There are several factors that complicate the matter including 1.) the gym, which is on my way home so I feel compelled to work out every day, and 2.) visiting with family every other week to do our laundry (we have no washer/dryer in our rental) where the hard water there wreaks havoc on my no poo agenda.

So I am going to try taking the baking soda down a notch, using 1/2 Tbs baking soda to one cup of water, and I’m going to take the vinegar up a notch, using 4 Tbs vinegar to 2 cups of water. I may also try massaging some type of oil, coconut or cocoa butter, into the tips of my hair.

I also desperately need a hair cut, yet another victim of the transition period. Future posts with the results of my new No Poo regimen and pictures of how my hair is doing 1 year and 9 months since I became a No Poo convert, coming soon…

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