Stretching my shampoos? Anyone tried scalp training?

posted 5 days ago in Wellness
Post # 31
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I’ve not tried this, but I workout daily and cook. I can smell cooking odors in my hair when it isnt washed, so I’m not sure how a person avoids that. Plus, I wouldn’t consider not washing my body after it getting all sweaty, so I wouldn’t consider not washing my scalp/hair, either. 

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think it depends hugely on where you live because in the city I couldn’t get my hair to adjust to conditioner washing only. It’s only now I live in a much more rural area by comparison that my hair has adjusted. 

When I get sweaty I wash my hair but only with water and give it a really good scritch. Sweat comes out with water only whereas oils don’t. 

Success also depends on finding hair products that work for you, I have been using a different conditioner than normal and am finding my hair is not lasting as long between washes and needs dry shampoo more. 

As for hair smelling I’ve not had an issue, so I don’t know if that’s because I use strongly scented products or not. I did try water washing only for a few months a few years ago and it definitely started to smell then which is a huge reason I couldn’t keep going with it. 

I’ve been trying to get my hair routine to a good place for about four years now and only at the tail end of last year found a routine that works for me.

Despite the frustration it has been really worth it for me and I would definitely urge you to keep going with it but change it up if after a 2 months of a certain routine you’re not finding any improvement. 

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
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@mrssmithabc:  I went nopoo and my scalp hated it- it got inflamed, itchy, peeling and was a mess. Not everyones scalp and hair suits the no-poo movement just as someone’s amazing skincare regiment will bring disastrous results for someone else.

OP, you’ve got some great advice here. I would recommend you do a 1x a week clarifying wash (live clean apple cider vinegar shampoo is great), and you could try an apple cider vinegar mixed with water scalp rinse a few times a week after you shampoo to help clear your scalp. 

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
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@katebluestone:  I also know the smell you’re talking about. Gag.

Post # 35
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Helper bee

I tried for a couple of months stretching and transitioning to no shampoo and it was a negative experience for me. I am now able to get washes down to about twice a week but any less just doesn’t work. I think everyone is different and there’s no one size fits all solution to hair care.

Post # 36
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Worker bee

Lol I tried the scalp training thing… I have to agree with a previous poster that I think your mind changes more then anything lol! You just get more used to it. I currently wash my hair every two days, but I can wash it every three days when I am not doing as intense workouts as I am currently. All the power to the girls that can go a week, but personally my scalp gets super itchy/smelly, and I break out around my forehead and chin (sorry for Too Much Information lol). At the end of the day, if you don’t feel comfortable with how you look, then so what if it takes a bit of extra time out of your day? Maybe focus on perfecting air dry styles, that is what I have done 🙂 

Post # 37
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Worker bee

Also, just to further add to my comment above (sorry again for the TMI) I researched why my scalp was so itchy one night after trying to stretch between washes….UM NO THANKS. It was itching because of buildup of bacteria, oil, pollution and dirt. Thats when I decided that it was just worth it to wash my damn hair LOL

Post # 38
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Busy bee

I have fine straight hair with an oily scalp and have spent the last SEVEN YEARS trying to stretch it longer than two days, the second with dry shampoo, to no avail. I go 3-4 days without washing it right now (thanks, WFH covid) but it looks disgusting in 24 hours. No matter how much I try, it doesn’t happen. 

Everyone’s biology is different. Don’t let it get to you.

EDIT: I loveeee overtone, the conditioner hair color. I once used it on hair that wasn’t totally clean and I ended up with pink hair and disgusting roots. Just using water and hands does absolutely nothing for me. 

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