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    Hair care: shiny vs greasy?

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    So since hearing all the stories of primal people getting nice, shiny, healthy hair, ive tried to adjust my hair care routine. First step was to wash my hair less often. I got down to only shampooing every three or four days. Problem was, my hair didnt look clean and shiny as much as greasy. I dealt with it by putting it up in a bun when it was greasiest, but I didnt like how it was going.

    Then I got a haircut, and my (new) stylist recommended I try only shampooing my hair like every other week, but condition my hair every two or three days. He said that just conditioner would get out some of the grease, but not all, and would hydrate my hair and keep it soft and help avoid split ends.

    So far this strategy is going pretty well, but I still dont like the look of my hair. It doesnt look healthy and shiny, it looks greasy. Also, my hair still sheds a LOT. I can run my fingers through my hair and comb out a nice little wad regularly.

    So, any input on getting the naturally shiny hair versus the overly greasy hair? And does anyone know if primal will help the shedding? pertinent information: ive been primal for 5 months.
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    I have been primal for 5 months, and the hair-shedding started last month. Not sure why. I wash my hair twice weekly with organic shampoo and conditioner, and my hair is pretty good. Gets greasy after about 3 days.

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    From what I understand it takes several days maybe weeks for the oils in your hair to even out once you stop using shampoo. Probably not giving it enough time
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    Maybe you could just condition the ends. The part closer to your scalp tends to not need as much anyway since it hasn't been out in the elements for as long. Also, a spray conditioner (I use a detangler made by VO5) might not be as heavy. If I'm going for heavy conditioning, then Potion 9 is some great stuff.
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    I've been following the No Poo procedure outlines at in the Body Care section at Cave Girl Eats I haven't used any commercial hair products in a month. It took about two weeks for my hair to settle in. It's more manageable, shiny and curly than it ever has been. I rinse with water every other day and use the baking soda and ACV techniques outlined at the web site every other day.

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    Thanks, LizardGurl, I hadnt seen that blog before. Looks like a great resource!
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    I haven't seen it either though I recently started my own No-Poo voyage. This coming Saturday will be 2 weeks with no conventional shampoo, and only conditioning once (to loosen some hairspray from before the No-Poo adventure started). It's a slow process.
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    I've been using a regular commercial shampoo then I condition with a very tiny amount of coconut oil (leave it in!). I wash every other day generally, depends on workout and sweat production. My hair is somewhat thin so the greasiness shows quickly. I started doing this back in May (I think May, maybe earlier; I started PB in February). My hair is much less frizzy, when I let it go natural the curls are fantastic and I don't even need any styling product when going straight (with a brush and dryer). Oh, and the days I don't wash are the days my hair is pulled up so no need for extra coconut oil. I have saved TONS of money on conditioner and styling products. I used to use Aveda which is pricey. Now I get a jar of coconut oil for $5 at the commissary and use that in my hair and as my moisturizer, so I buy every 8 weeks or so. Maybe less often.
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    I've been poo free since June of this year, I started out using baking soda & ACV - Now I only use a ACV rinse - switching off with Lemon juice. Everybody is different on how long it takes to get past the greasy stage, for me it took longer but I found that baking soda helped. Now if I could only give up my blow dryer

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    I do conditioner only washing. Haven't used shampoo in months. There's actually a method to it.... and it works great! Get your hair soaking wet and then put in the conditioner. Scrub your scalp really good and leave it in for 5-20 minutes. I've heard that the longer you leave it in the better it is for removing oil. Don't know why that is but it works for me. Next you can rinse it out and be done with it. OR.... follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse to make your hair shiny. Sometimes I'll use a leave-in conditioner if my hair is feeling dry. It took a few weeks for my hair to get used to the new routine but now I can get by with only washing my hair 2-3 times a week. And of course it totally matters what conditioner you're using. Make sure it has NO silicone! There's a whole lot of info on the internet if you Google "co wash".

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