I'm announcing that I am going 'no poo' as they tend to call the Baking soda wash, ACV rinse method. No shampoo and no conditioner. (I haven't used soap on my face and body for years)
My last 3 'shampoos' have been using this method. About one tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water to wash. And one tablespoon ACV to one cup water as a leave on conditioner. Currently I wash about every 3 days. I shall report if I start to need this less and less.
I still currently dye my hair with a no ammonia semi-permanent color (natural Instincts) and afterwards use the conditioner it comes with. That would be once per month. I was hesitant to try the baking soda afraid it would strip the color, but I've read so many people swear it didn't. At least, less than the commercial sudsy shampoos. Someday I'll try henna.
Oh, and money saving, environment helping hair dye tip - Once you've dyed your hair your desired color, you should only do the roots from then on. So instead of mixing the whole bottle and pouring the leftovers down the drain, go to a beauty supply and get an applicator bottle with the measurements on it. Most dyes are one to one color and activator or whatever. They usually are 2 ounces each. So just pour one ounce each into your applicator bottle and save the rest for next month. Next month, you can use the bottle that came in the box. Half the chemicals, half the garbage, half the price.
Edit - I quit using the Baking soda/vinegar method a few months ago. Instead. I'm mostly not washing at all. Just rinsing with water, although once over the past month I tried washing with cheap conditioner and once or twice I used a few drops of shampoo in a cup of water. The goal is to rinse only with water once a week and/or whenever needed to remove pollutants, smells, smoke, etc. I'm still experimenting with hot to get there. Because what happens is that after a few days your hair gets waxy. Muscle through it a few more days and it suddenly becomes wonderful. As if by magic. It no longer feels greasy. It has all this body & manageability I've never had before. It doesn't frizz even after walks in warm, muggy drizzle. And I can comb out tangles despite not having coated it with tons of conditioner. But then, I rinse/wash/color or whatever and I have to go through the waxy stage again. And so I've been experimenting with ways to deal as my hair hopefully normalizes.
Edited by alternativista, 05 February 2014 - 06:09 PM.