Questions about scrubs and rinses...

I have soooo many questions right now, and have been searching for hours and hours and haven't been able to find the answers I'm looking for...I have very thick, oily 2c/3a (I think!) hair...I realize a lot of us with oily hair have to be mod-CG, but I'm trying to avoid shampoo if at all possible...and if I can use cheap ingredients laying around the house, even better!

1. Do you do either a baking soda scrub OR a brown sugar scrub, or do people interchange both as needed?

2. how often is it safe to do these? once a week? once a month??

3. how often is it safe to do an ACV rinse? I've read varying things on this...

4. what do people use for scrubs? add to co, or mix with a bit of oil (jojoba, for example) and massage in?

5. would it be better to wait until my hair as transitioned to the CG method, or can I use these techniques to actually help my scalp adjust?

I know it's probably a try-and-see-what-works-for-me type thing, but I was curious as to others' experiences, especially if you have an oily scalp! Or, if someone could just point me in the right direction, I'd be eternally grateful
on my CG journey since 10/31/09
**2-3ish mix/coarse/med-high porosity/v thick/graying, color treated
cleansers: CJ DF
co-wash: TJ TTT/Suave DC
rinse out/treatments: YTT/YTC/HSH Pumpkin/CJ CR/AO GPB
Stylers: homemade FSG/HETMS spray
pixiecurl diffusing in winter, air drying in summer, Icequeen method, combing right before plopping
glycerin, panthenol, heavy oils, diffusing in summer, Suave Cherry Blossom co, gel

Last edited by buckeye; 11-25-2009 at 12:37 PM. Reason: changed title
I believe the consensus on ACV rinses is you can do them as often as your hair can tolerate them. For me, it's about once a month. I realized that was the best frequency for me because when I did them too often, my hair stopped looking so good after doing it. The first few times (more spaced out), my hair felt really nice, was less frizzy and more shiny. When I did them too often, my hair stayed frizzier and didn't feel as good. They say ACV rinses can be drying if you do them too often.

Personally, I didn't find ACV rinses helpful with oily scalp issues. But I would still definitely do them because of the other hair benefits.

I'm interested to see what other people say about your other questions; I've been wondering those things too.
I have fine, 2c hair with normal porosity (I think.... ).

Currently, I'm using Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut (co-wash), LVPNG (regular conditioner), Giovanni Direct Leave-In, and HETT (gel). Every now and then (once a week or so, whenever my hair needs it) I use GTTT shampoo. I've had good success with plopping and pixie curling, but my hair dries best if I shower and then sleep on it. My hair does NOT like honey.

I've been CG since June 29th, 2009.

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