Sure, I only use 1 rounded tsp. of borax dissolved in a cup of water heated to boiling, then I let it cool down to lukewarm and put it in a plastic applicator bottle and start scrubbing my scalp first and use the rest on the hair making sure all hair is saturated by gently working it in well. I usually let it sit on my hair until I finish washing my body, then I will rinse well with warm water. If your hair is long or you think you may have a lot of "gunk" on your hair you can fix 1 1/2 times the above.Can you elaborate on how you use the Borax to clarify? Quantity, etc? TIAGlad you're mentioning polyquats again, I often forget that they can be a pain for some people. In a way, when you think about it, their buildup is a form of "over-conditioning" since by definition they're in hair products to soften and "condition" the hair. Of course, I do see how the solution could be different.
I would bet "anything" that borax can remove polyquats. Whenever I use it to wash or clarify it turns the residue that's on my hair into a milky white liquid and my hair feels completely clean, no more "plastic-y" feeling.
I will say that some people get all uptight when they read that anyone's using borax to wash their hair (even if it's occasionally...), because of the cautions in the box, etc., but I approach this like taking aspirin for a headache. You just use what's enough to do the job and if you're "normal" that won't cause any harm. In a thread in the LHC a girl was using 3 tsp. but she didn't completely dissolve them, however, she used what remained undissolved as a paste to scrub "stubborn patches" on her scalp and she had evidently not had any ill effects from doing so, to the contrary, she said it had healed her scalp from open sores she got after stopping the use of SLS shampoos. Borax has cured dandruff on me a couple of times, I guess because I have candida overgrowth I tend to get it back every few years.
For myself, I've found that 1 tsp. completely dissolved does a pretty good job for me, however, I have to make the caveat that I have soft water, someone with hard water might probably need to use a little more but IMO that's still perfectly safe.
Last edited by CGSince2002; 07-22-2014 at 10:41 PM.