May 6, 2009

one month progress update

One month into the bicarb experiment, wowee. All is still going well (i.e. no going back), though the challenge the past week or two has been working out a suitable formula from this point on, i.e. one that washes my hair but doesn't dry out my ends. I went with the paste method this morning so I could just concentrate washing the target areas (crown, temples, nape) without exposing the ends to a wash that wasn't necessary. Then I finished with a more concentrated HACV rinse. I still don't know if this is the perfect formula for me, but will just play around with the quantities each wash until I find one most suitable.

Lucy also had her second bicarb wash, and it's silky and thick and stays cleaner for much longer. That has to be a great thing, as Lucy doesn't really care for her hair being washed. I mean, the water being dumped on her head, the random eye-stinging from roving suds; enough to make any toddler run for Dirty-Hair Hill. The bicarb method is quick to do, and as it doesn't lather I think it's a bit kinder on the eyes.

One gripe I do have, and I don't know if it's common or not (do you?) is after the HAVC rinse, my shoulders (where the rinse has run on to) itch like mad and I come out in tiny bumps. This subsides pretty quickly, but I don't know if I'm having a common or allergic reaction, or maybe the pH of the HACV is different to my skin. Or maybe the my formula is too strong in general.

I might actually try a beer rinse next wash. When Brendan heard this I got the feeling from the look in is eyes that I wouldn't be touching his beer. 'Go buy some cheap beer...' I heard him mutter.

My hair prior to my bedtime brush (and prior to a wash)

Hair post brush

I read you are supposed to brush your hair morning and night to help distribute the natural oils down the hair shaft. I have been wanting to buy a Mason Pearson brush for as long as I can remember. Maybe now is the time.


gold fawn said...

yes! i want one of those brushes too! They are rumored to be the best...
I have very dry hair/scalp and the bicarb dries my hair out awfully but I have been trying different herbal tincture formulas for washing.
your hair looks great!

Pam said...

I jumped in and tried it today :-). I had the itchiness and bumps that you described after the rinse, too! I also wonder about it being an allergic reaction...but it went away fairly quickly...I was worried that it wouldn't rid my hair of the greasy feeling, but it was light and bouncy soft~ ...nice! I did mine in the late afternoon, so I will need to do it in the morning to see how it fairs over a whole day...So far, I like day 1.

stefana said...

I have been washing my hair with bicarb + vinegar rinse for a while now and, while I have no reaction to the vinegar (I make my rinsing solution pretty weak anyway), my eyes really hurt if any bicarb solution gets into them. I can be careful and not get it into my eyes, but when I tried this with my 2-year old daughter she screamed so much that I never dared try again. It's a pitty, I would have loved to get rid of all those baby-friendly detergents, but what to do...

Sarah said...

I found you today, and although I've quit the regime for hair, I'm still looking for info on skin care. I'd love to hear more about your skin care routine. I wrote a little about my experience on my blog, but I also had the itchies and breaking out. It didn't occur to me that it might be an allergic reaction.