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Some of us use shampoo and conditioner, some baking soda, some just water...let's chat this out!

I always used s & c until a few months ago when I used baking soda. I liked it for a few months, but then my hair just couldn't decide how to be-it was sometimes oily, sometimes dry, sometimes weird. I learned, however, that it's not normal to have my hair coming out so much. Apparently, shampoo (all different kinds over the years) made my hair come out. Not a ton, but way more than was coming out with just a baking soda scrub. I went back to s & c for a short time, but now I'm trying the water only method. It's quite annoying to have such oily hair right now, but not a huge deal to wear it up/braided...which is usually what I do anyway.

P has only used water for a few months now, and says his is way less oily. I'm going to try to see how this goes! My hair doesn't feel dirty, and smells just like water..so that's fine. It looks fine as well, just oily on top! I just rinse well, then try to scrub really well all over my head, rinse again.

my head feels dirty if I go too long w/o washing.  I don't use deodorant either, but I use baking soda and corn starch.  My pitts are so dry now I could go days w/o using it though.

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Wow! What an interesting thread! I wash my hair every night, skipping one night TOPS. I know my use of shampoo is probably wasteful, I get the panics when my hair is oily! Eep!

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it really does get less oily guys. i so thought the same thing as you all when i started.

this is exactly what I need to hear.

I was feeling as I was washing my hair this morning like I don't know how long I can handle it feeling like this before I cave and shampoo it...
But when I was drying my hair and tying it up, I actually think it already feels a smidge better than it did at the beginning of the week.

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oooh, good topic.  ;)b

I followed VH's example and stopped using shampoo & conditioner almost two weeks ago. I pretty much just scrub at my scalp while standing under the running water, let water rinse it out, and repeat.
My hair feels a little greasier than normal and/or my scalp itches a little at the end of the day/the next day, but it looks pretty good.

I used some kinda spray-on, leave-in conditioner stuff last Saturday because I was blow-drying and straightening my hair (costume purposes/REPO! show), so I used a little bit of shampoo the next day because water didn't seem to wash it out very well.

Has anyone had good luck with washing hairspray/other products out using just baking soda paste?

I know that at least once a month, I'll have to put some product in my hair for costume's sake, but I don't want to have to rely on shampoo to get it out....

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it really does get less oily guys. i so thought the same thing as you all when i started.

this is exactly what I need to hear.

I was feeling as I was washing my hair this morning like I don't know how long I can handle it feeling like this before I cave and shampoo it...
But when I was drying my hair and tying it up, I actually think it already feels a smidge better than it did at the beginning of the week.

Yeah, mine felt better one day, but then the next it was back to the same oily. It's feeling pretty good today after "washing." I do feel like there's a light at the end of the oily tunnel. I also want to cut my hair at some point (it's been like..2+ years!), but I guess I'll just wait until it seems pretty normal. I'll just tell them not to wash it!

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hehe, oily tunnel : )

I also want to cut my hair at some point (it's been like..2+ years!), but I guess I'll just wait until it seems pretty normal. I'll just tell them not to wash it!

do you think getting it shampooed/conditioned once would put it back to square one again?

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hehe, oily tunnel : )

I also want to cut my hair at some point (it's been like..2+ years!), but I guess I'll just wait until it seems pretty normal. I'll just tell them not to wash it!

do you think getting it shampooed/conditioned once would put it back to square one again?

I dunno, but I probably wouldn't want them to try if I felt like the water only was doing the best job! It probably would, because your hair would automatically be stripped of oils, and then "conditioned." ???

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yeaaah that's what I suspect would happen too.
Oh well, I'll just have to see how this goes, and make a call at the end of the year.  I can only imagine what my hairdresser would say/think if I told them I didn't want them to use any shampoo... but then again, if my hair is in really good condition then they wouldn't be able to pass comment, right? ; )

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From reading lots of google thingies about my previous hair issues I looked up...here's what I remember and have found to be true!

Lemon juice deep cleans your hair and makes it shiiiiny.  :)>>>

Olive oil works as a deep conditioner for dry, damaged, or (like me) super curly frizzy Greek hair. lol

Even if you just wash your hair with water, it's worth trying for those special occasions or when your hair changes.  :)

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I pretty much wash my hair everyday that I go to work.  I don't always shower on the weekends though.  I would like to start washing with just water, but I think I will have to wait until school is out again.  Ha.  School just started.  But, I already skirt the line of professional dress and I don't want to risk adding oily hair to that.  However, I don't shave or wear deodorant.  Sometimes I wear baking soda to school, but only when I remember.  ha.

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To those who shampoo and condition every day, I've always pretty much been like that too because I have very fine hair. So this is a huge "take the plunge" for me!

I was wondering about what to do about getting hair products like hairspray out too...coz I do my hair crazy for dance events etc and would like to still be able to do that without having to shampoo again and go back to the beginning...

Yabbit, love what your husband said! I had a very similar conversation with someone when he made some joking comment about becoming a dirty hippy and I was like "you realise you're talking to the girl who doesn't use deodorant or shave..."

Hehehe besides, valentine's day is months away! All of our hair will be out of the "oily tunnel" and looking gorgeous and attracting constant streams of admirers by then ;)

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Ok, reporting in after first water only wash:

My hair does feel a bit different (almost slightly oilier AND slightly drier than usual both at once?) but seems clean enough, is still doing its fluffy bouncy post wash thing as it dries. Surprisingly it didn't tangle and I was able to comb it out really easily, which was one of my concerns.

On a rather random note that is not related to hair but is related to showers...because I have a cast on my hand I have to wrap it in a plastic bag to shower. Today a friend of mine told me I should use a condom instead because they are perfect for the task, so although I was dubious I thought I'd give it a go. I managed to shove my hand, cast and all, into the condom which was quite icky and weird, but it was working fine until halfway through the shower when it broke! Luckily I didn't get the cast wet, but I did get some of my Lush soap smooshed onto it, which is a lovely brown colour... mmmm tasty :P hahah at least it smells good right? Moral of the story: condoms are not for hands.

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I love this whole story.
But most of all,

Moral of the story: condoms are not for hands.

this needs to be on a t shirt.

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your arm is pregnant with a lush baby!

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That's awesome Theo.  I wish I'd thought of that when I broke my wrist in college.  ha.

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I love this whole story.
But most of all,

Moral of the story: condoms are not for hands.

this needs to be on a t shirt.

AAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

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Teeheee I would wear that tshirt, and go around telling people "I learned this the hard way ;) " hehe.

The same friend also told me that condoms can fit over your head, down to past your nose, and then you can slowly inflate them by breathing in through the mouth and out through the nose  :o While it provides a charming mental image that gives me the giggles, I'm not so keen on trying  that one..

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I've heard that too, but would not be prepared to try it : /

keeeeen for updates on how everyone's hair is going!

I'm at a week since shampoo now, and a week since first 'water wash' on Saturday morning... I might take some photos so I can re-assure myself it's getting better as I go along... : /

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Yes, photos, do it! I will have to start some kind of photographic record too.
Is it bad that I'm finding this experiment so interesting? I'm all uber excited. Weirdo.

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not bad at all.  I'm excited to compare our hair when we next meet.

I too was concerned about my hair being all tangly after a water only wash, but it was fine.  I'm still concerned that the bottom will get all dry though.

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