This time, I've done things differently. No baking soda, it's not the right pH for hair.
What am I doing this time? Honey washes, apple cider vinegar rinses. I try not to "wash" my hair too often- every 3-4 days. My hair is already pretty much used to this anyway.
Before I shower, I brush with a boar bristle brush. In the shower, I pour on a solution I've made with a little dollop of honey diluted in water, pour on and leave on. I then scritch (gently!!), massage the scalp, finish whatever other showering things I'm doing, and rinse really well. If things feel really slick (and whew, by the end of week 2 they were really feeling pretty heavy), I will gently wipe a washcloth down my hair from the scalp; I try to not just have the water on the top but block my ears and get the temples too.
Then I have a very dilute ACV rinse, which I rinse out right away.
In the two weeks since I started, the transition has been pretty interesting. The first week I was getting oily, but I could still sort of get away with having my hair down if I blow dried and styled it (no product). By the end of the day things would be pretty stringy. Getting into week 2, I really felt like unless I was home alone I needed a ponytail. Thankfully in my job right now I can wear a hat (it's winter and I'm outside) so I haven't needed to worry about the public too much.
Things look pretty interesting when I wake up! Serious bedhead, heavy greasy hair, and my daily brushing with the BBB was more like slicking down than anything else. I have been parting the hair into sections to get all of the hair brushed through. It's seriously icky, and a true challenge. Still, most accounts say 6 weeks so I'm all in.
These first two photos are week 1. Although things are stringy, I notice that it's shinier (duh- sebum, right?)
These next 2 photos are week 2, getting a little heavier in the oiliness. Brushing is a little easier in the essence that the static flyaways are becoming less and less- oil to weigh it down. It's winter right now and the house is very dry, as we heat with wood.
This was taken right after I showered, and blow dried the hair in hopes of leaving it down. Too yucky- no such luck.