View Full Version : If you use BS/ACV to clean, do you oil?
February 3rd, 2009, 02:07 PM
I mostly lurk and am trying to sift through all the threads here but I had a question and can't seem to find any posts about it.
I recently switched from S&C to using BS/ACV rinse (This is my 4th week). My ends no longer have that yucky "crunchy" feeling. I think though my hair could benefit from some oiling but I'm wondering if my BS solution will be "strong" enough to wash out the oils so I don't get buildup? Or is buildup on the ends not an issue if you're using just oils?
Right now I am using BS/ACV 3x a week and am trying to stretch it out to 2x a week. Last night I would've normally "washed" with BS but did WO instead.
Oh, forgot to mention that my hair is about shoulder length but it's got tons of layers.
Again, sorry if this is a "duh" question and any advice/suggestions would be great!
February 3rd, 2009, 04:06 PM
I've done this in the past and had good results! I applied the oil by putting just a drop into a container of about two cups of warm water and shaking it up, then immediately swishing my ends in it so the oil wasn't over my entire length. If I was worried about buildup I'd just gently squeeze my length and ends while the BS mix was in and that seemed to take care of it. I don't recall that I ever had an issue with too much oil unless I ... used too much oil! :D
February 3rd, 2009, 07:47 PM
I should clarify that I did this as a final step, using the oil as a conditioner rather than a pre-treat. So, the one drop was enough to keep my hair happy until the next wash!
February 4th, 2009, 09:01 AM
I'm just thinking out loud but would oiling before the ACV rinse be ok? So in the shower it'd be: BS, rinse, oil+water, ACV
Since the ACV will close the cuticle I was thinking I could get added benefits if I oil before I close the cuticles? Or does it not really work that way?
Not that I am against oiling as the final step in the wash...just wondering... =)
February 4th, 2009, 03:42 PM
I think it would be fine! In fact, I think I've done it both ways myself, although I don't have specific memory of whether it made a huge difference or not. I guess you could try it and see which gives you the best results. I'm interested to hear!
February 5th, 2009, 11:46 AM
I use BS/ACV but I also condition and use oil. I make a very dilute mixture of the BS with some tea tree and just put that on my roots. I CO the ends (which means I can pretreat with oil if I want to) while the BS sits on my roots for a bit while I do other things in the shower. I rinse everything out then condition. I lightly rinse the conditioner out and end with the ACV rinse. I take just a couple of drops of jojoba on my ends a day and sometimes will pretreat with coconut oil overnight. It is honestly the first method that I have found that makes both my scalp and ends happy.
February 5th, 2009, 11:59 AM
I do a version of baking soda washing (I assume that's what is being referred to by BS) that actually involves incorporating it straight into oil-based conditioner (my own recipe), you can view the post I made about it here: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=10246 - #31 (and the recipe for the conditioner is the one below it). I also oil my ends lightly, and overall the whole method has been working amazingly well for me. Of course you'd be doing it differently, and everyone's hair responds in their own way, but I would say it can't hurt to try :p
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