removing an oil treatment without shampoo

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Two or three weeks ago I began my chemical free journey. This included no shampooing. I have been using baking soda and water as shampoo & ACV and water as conditioner. I am impressed with the results thus far. I am having one problem though!!!! I like to do a heated oil treatment every week (coconut or olive) and it does not wash out with just baking soda and water. It leaves my hair looking wet and greasy insead of healthy and moisturized like it did when I used regular shampoo. I heard lemon juice might wash it out...does anyone have any chemical free suggestions?

Last edited by madalemon; 06-11-2013 at 04:50 PM.
As I said in your other thread, baking soda is highly alkaline and damaging to both skin and hair, more so than even sulphate shampoo. Baking soda should remove oil if you use enough, it saponifies natural oils (turns them to soap). Baking soda is a chemical BTW it is sodium bicarbonate, chemical formula NaHCO3.

Conditioner only washing removes excess oil very effectively. If you want something edible as well as kind to hair you might try mixing either egg or honey with your oil to see if that helps it rinse away.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Thank you! I had no idea that baking soda is damaging!!! Can you think of a healthier natural substance to use as a shampoo?
Curly Girl Method
Curl pattern-mostly 3a with some 2c and 3b
Porosity-Low/Medium
Density-Medium
Width-Medium/Coarse
Lenght-Medium (growing out)
*Weekly heated oil treatments..evoo or evco
Cowash-suave naturals
Styler-16 tbls garnier fructis sleek & shine intensely smooth leave in conditioning cream, 10 tbls aloe vera gel, 6 tbls agave nectar, 1oz cocoa butter, 1ts vitamen E oil, 1ts evoo, 1ts apricot oil... and sometimes flax seed gel
Thank you! I had no idea that baking soda is damaging!!! Can you think of a healthier natural substance to use as a shampoo?
Originally Posted by madalemon
"Conditioner only washing removes excess oil very effectively. If you want something edible as well as kind to hair you might try mixing either egg or honey with your oil to see if that helps it rinse away."
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Join Date: May 2012
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Oil treatments generally require shampoo for me...for those reasons I don't do them.
I use a cheap cowashing conditioner to remove oils and it works pretty well for me. I usually use suave because it's cheap and spreads easily. It actually works for me better if I apply it on oiled but not wet hair. I practically coat my hair and leave it on for at least 20 minutes then wash it out. I dont know why but when I out it in wet hair it doesnt work well. Also, try to scrub your scalp like you're cowashing which helps. I've used it on castor oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. I find that it removes the excess oil and prevents my hair from being greasy without drying it out. Hope it works for you
I second Keihs approach. The trick is to use condish on the oil before adding water. After I do an overnight DT w coconut oil, I apply TN condish directly to my dry hair before I get into shower. I massage it through for a min or two just like I would if I were shampooing. Then I get in the shower, wet my hair and massage through some more and rinse. That's all I need to do and it rinses right out. Sometimes after I've rinsed out all the TN I will add just a drop or two of SM Yucca or other low poo just to the scalp and shampoo again. I may or may not use a RO after. I was really worried the first time I did an oil treatment that it would be a problem to remove. I did some reading first and found this trick on the long hair boards if I remember correctly.
2b/2c ( weather permitting - 3a), fine texture but lots of it, colored and highlights, BSL.
Experimenting w CG since Oct 2012

Current rotation:
cowash= TN
AG Gel Mousse, LA Gel,
DT = Coconut oil (love)
I mix my coconut oil and honey with Suave coconut before application. It really helps me with distribution. Then I cowash it out with more Suave and a ton of water. When I cowash, I really rub the conditioner and oil together.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

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