Anonymous asked: 4 tbsp of baking soda and then VO5, is that it? Does the baking soda leave any kind of different smell at all? (not saying you have smelly hair no no no- just wondering because it's kinda smell different than shampoo smell right? Unless it's just undetectable.)
The baking soda doesn’t smell! Just make sure you rinse it out thoroughly or it might make your scalp itchy. What I usually do is mix it with water in a cup, which I then dump over my head, scritch it in, and rinse it right away. Then I liberally apply conditioner and leave it in for about five minutes or as long as the rest of the shower takes, and rinse it out after I’ve done everything else.
I do this twice a week, I don’t find it needs to be done any more frequently. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing it less, but I think my scalp would have to adjust to it, and putting up with gross hair for a few days isn’t really conducive to working with/looking for work with other humans.
edit: the advice I’m giving is for my own hair type, which is thick and straight with very fine individual strands. I know that my method addresses problems that wouldn’t work for someone with curly hair, in which case you should look it up (there are lots of discussions on line). I know that using apple cider vinegar works for a lot of people? I personally tried it once and it made everything oily again, so I dropped it in favor of silicone-free conditioner (VO5).