SOAP UPDATE: So I washed my hair tonight and I wasn't exactly sure how to use this soap, so I tried using it two different ways. At first I dropped several drops in another spritz bottle full of water to dilute it, drenched my locks in water and began spritzing my roots with the mix. It worked just a little but seemed too watery for my liking. So I just dunked the remainder of the watery mix all over my locks. I scrubbed my scalp and this gunky white residue formed and got caught under my finger nails. I wasn't sure if I was doing this right so then I grabbed the liquid soap, squirted a few drops in my hands and rubbed them together until they formed suds. Then I rubbed my hands along my roots and it felt more sudsy like shampoo. I scrubbed, rubbed, massaged etc. This time I didn't experience any gunk and so I think doing it this way was better. I thoroughly rinsed my locks and towel dried them. My goodness! My roots are CLEAN! No flakes or debris had been embedded in my roots from scrubbing (which usually happens with my other shampoo). However, there is only one thing that I didn't like and that is you can see most of my white bulbs. This soap cleansed my locks so well that it exposed my hair bulbs from previously shedded hair. I am amazed. I don't want people to mistaken these bulbs for flakes and that is my only concern. Anyway, I need to wait a few more days to assess my scalp's reaction to this soap and then I can determine its continued use. What I like most is how very little soap I had to use to wash my scalp, only a few drops for each section.
OIL UPDATE: I dropped a few drops of my peppermint oil into my new water filled spritz bottle and spritzed my locks. Initially my locks smell very nice when slightly damp, but the scent does not really linger after they dry. Oh well, maybe I should add more drops but I think I put enough (8-10). However, I do love the way that my spritz bottle sprays because it gives a very nice mist rather than this leaky squirt like my last bottle, so i'm excited about this.
6/13/09 UPDATE: I've decided not to continue using castile soap because my scalp is not reacting to it as positively as I had hoped it would. I guess i'm back to using my medicated shampoo.