So there's really no 'no poo' people here? There used to be. I guess I should find another board where there's more people.
Seriously, based on my experiences since I quit using soap a couple of years ago, and now quitting shampoo, I've come to the conclusion that almost everything in the skin & hair care aisles are there to solve a problem caused by the other products in those aisles. And we are wasting our money and polluting the planet with this crap we never needed!
I still haven't figured out a routine that works for my hair, though. My goal is to rinse with water once a week or whenever there are odors or something that needs to be removed. Like the last time I 'cleansed' my hair was after a day spent around a fire so my hair was smoky. Or at least I figured it was and a good day to rinse it.
I've only 'cleansed' my hair twice since I decided to quit the baking soda method which I did for a couple of months. So I went through greasy/waxy stage and then just about a week my hair just magically became wonderful. It didn't need any conditioning to manage. And it didn't frizz at all. I think I spent two weeks like that, then it was time to color my hair. Which is all I did. I didn't shampoo. But the result was squeaky clean hair. What I used to thing was wonderful. Hair that just falls. No body. Blows around in the wind, etc. Then it began to get oily/waxier again as the week passed and after a week, became wonderful again. Then came the smoky hair. I decided to try the cheap silicone-free conditioner method as my transition, but still ended up with the oily waxy stage before my hair became wonderful again.
I think since I seem to get this stage no matter what right now, I will just do water only. Although I have a whole bottle conditioner to do use. I suspect the problem is the super hot water I use. But my bathroom is chilly and I can't help turning it up.
I've been washing my dog with water only as he also has skin problems. It works pretty well with him. washes away the doggy smell while leaving his fur soft and clean feeling. Plus its faster and I don't have the fear of leaving soap on him to irritate his sensitive skin. Getting the shampoo out of a labrador is a chore.