Well I fell off the 'No Poo' Wagon. We had a persistent case of head lice amongst the Bumble Bee'rs and I had to treat the family once a week for eight weeks to FINALLY get rid of them! I know the products usually say to only treat those people who actually have head lice but I believe in a all out declaration of war against those horrible little blighters and biters so everyone gets treated.
I had to try three different treatments to find one that worked. The good news is I am not squeamish about head lice in the slightest.....well not any more. After combing out so many live, half-dead and doornailed marines I have overcome the skin crawling feeling they used to give me.
The lice treatment is oily stuff and my bi-carb and vinegar treatment was not shifting it so after a week of looking like I had washed my hair in a year I reverted to shampoo and conditioner.
Now four months on I am still using shampoo and conditioner but I am starting afresh tomorrow and going back to the bi-carb and vinegar hair wash. It really does work.
I did ask a panel of coffee morning ladies to sniff my head (and yes they all still speak to me) after I had been washing my hair the 'No Poo' way for a few weeks and only one of them said they could smell any hint of vinegar. One did say she thought my hair smelt a bit sweaty so I double washed it the next day just to be sure.
To be fair in the general course of the day people do not usually have their noses jammed into my flowing locks coping a good wif. In the general day to day of moving around in public I am not followed by a green cloud of stench al la Pepe Le Pew.
Once I became accustomed to the fact that my hair is clean even though the 'cleaning' products do not foam all was well.
Not only is it cheaper than shampoo and conditioner and is far more environmentally friendly but using these natural products cured my peeling head. After years of putting up with a dry scalp it was simply and effectively cured by moving away from the 'standard', 'normal' and recommended' hair care products.
I will post about this again in a few weeks to do a recap about my progress