I'd been trying to go longer in between my natural washings to see what my hair really needs. I was going 2-3 days easily, sometimes 4 before really needing to do my baking soda wash and vinegar rinse. A couple weeks ago, I noticed all of a sudden every day didn't seem often enough! My hair was greasy. I put a little extra baking soda into my cup of warm water, and massaged it in longer. It made my hair tolerable every day, but not great. One day I was so greasy, I decided to just dry wash with just straight baking soda, then do a normal baking soda wash in the shower. I also started only using my vinegar rinse on the ends, thinking maybe it made the top too shiny or something. Either the dry baking soda on my scalp or the lack of vinegar screwed up something new on my scalp. With shampoo, I've had itchy scalp and flakiness (the dermatologist said it was a type of eczema). That started up, but not the itching. Who wants flakes and greasiness! I started to freak out. I've been no poo since the beginning of July exclusively (and a few months before that with a weekly breakdown of using shampoo).
I decided to go back to my original formula, and try to go as long as possible between baking soda washings and vinegar rinse (including my scalp). After a week of craziness, I can now go 3-4 days without feeling greasy, and the flakiness is almost all better. I read a few posts about a repeat transition time, so I assume that is what I had. Contribute it to hormones, stress, natural changes in my body, who knows. All I know is I'm happy with my hair again! Yay for natural stuff, and I'm so glad I don't have to keep trying new things, or go back to shampoo. I may even whip out an egg and try that once, just to see how it works. It still sounds yucky, but maybe it will help with the static that's starting to happen since it's getting colder. I wonder what will happen this winter! I'm also going to watch for a huge container of apple cider vinegar (acv) since that's what is most recommended as the vinegar rinse, and my husband may prefer that scent. I'll keep you updated! Remember, transitions can apparently happen more than just at the beginning of your no-poo journey!