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    Dr. Bronners soap as shampoo

    I saw in another thread that people use Dr. Bronner's as shampoo and it helps with dandruff. I have tried it the last 2 days and my hair feels icky. It feels like I have a bunch of product in it, kinda sticky, for lack of a better description. I rinsed really well both days and no conditioner after. All though I do use a spray on leave conditioner so I can get a comb through it. My hair is long, kinds thick, and curly/wavy. I like the idea of a natural shampoo, but my hair just feels gross. Any ideas or has anyone experienced this?

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    I haven't used it but a few people have said it didn't work well as a shampoo. I have very long hair which is naturally curly and I've started to use baking soda as a shampoo. it works really well and doesn't dry my hair out or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
    I haven't used it but a few people have said it didn't work well as a shampoo. I have very long hair which is naturally curly and I've started to use baking soda as a shampoo. it works really well and doesn't dry my hair out or anything.
    Do you have any dandruff/psoriasis issues? That was the reason I was trying the Dr. Bronner's. I have tried to baking soda and vinegar in the past. Do you use the vinegar? I always thought my hair smelled like wet dog when I used the vinegar, but it felts awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betty74 View Post
    Do you have any dandruff/psoriasis issues? That was the reason I was trying the Dr. Bronner's. I have tried to baking soda and vinegar in the past. Do you use the vinegar? I always thought my hair smelled like wet dog when I used the vinegar, but it felts awesome.
    No I haven't ever used the vinegar actually. I do deep condition my hair over night with coconut oil though, a few times a week. yes I have scalp issues. I'm not sure what it is really. I don't think it's psoriasis as I don't have big red patches underneath the flakes. It's kind of like really, really dry skin which flakes off if I scratch it. The more I scratch it the worse it gets. But it has improved since I stopped using regular shampoo. It's odd because my skin isn't dry anywhere else.

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    If you have psoriasis, I highly reccomend you look into Daily treatment shampoo by Joico. It used to be called "bijoba". I have had scalp psoriasis for 38years and NOTHING has worked as well as the Joico product. Most beauty supply stores have it and a lot of salons carry it too.

    Dr. Bronner's works well as a body soap, but not so well as a shampoo.

    Dave

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    I haven't had a lot of luck since I gave up shampoo. Dr. Bronner's -- sticky, and a white residue started building up on the brush and comb. Pine tar soap -- ditto, plus at first it smelled like burnt rubber. I like the vinegar rinse well enough, well diluted with water before use.

    I'll try the baking soda and then the vinegar rinse today. That's something I haven't tried yet.

    I still wonder if using beer as shampoo would work better. People say it helps the hair get thick and healthy. Maybe when I have a few days off to try it the first time?

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    [QUOTE=piano-doctor-lady;264594]I haven't had a lot of luck since I gave up shampoo. Dr. Bronner's -- sticky, and a white residue started building up on the brush and comb.

    I am glad the sticky isn't only me. I thought I was nuts!

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    [QUOTE=piano-doctor-lady;264594]I haven't had a lot of luck since I gave up shampoo. Dr. Bronner's -- sticky, and a white residue started building up on the brush and comb.

    Dr. Bronner's is soap and a precipitate forms when used. Most shampoos are detergents which bind to the fat and carry it away. Which is why they strip the hair when used.

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    Pretty hard to just invent a white residue in one's comb ... assuming it wasn't a hallucination? <grin>

    I don't think I have the right answer for poo-less living yet. Somewhere there's something which doesn't have all the bad chemicals in it but can still do a good job on hair and be pleasant to use. I just haven't found it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piano-doctor-lady View Post
    Pretty hard to just invent a white residue in one's comb ... assuming it wasn't a hallucination? <grin>

    I don't think I have the right answer for poo-less living yet. Somewhere there's something which doesn't have all the bad chemicals in it but can still do a good job on hair and be pleasant to use. I just haven't found it yet.
    I haven't seen the white residue yet as I have only used it 2 days. lol Just that sticky feeling in my hair. I may try the baking soda again.

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