I have decided to go No-Poo!
Yep. No-Poo. But it probably isn't what you think. If you haven't heard of it, No-Poo is a term used for washing hair without traditional shampoo, as it is thought (by No-Pooers) to dry out the scalp and cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, and therefore cause a dependence on daily shampooing. Shampoo, with all of its sodium lauryl sulfate-eyness, is known to dry out hair and irritate the scalp, causing a need for conditioner. Proponents of No-Poo say that after a certain adjustment period (usually three to six weeks), your scalp begins to regulate itself and produce just the right amount of oil to keep your hair at its most healthy state, naturally.
Here are some links to further explain:
So, as per the instructions, I am going to start out by using baking soda and vinegar, and slowly wean my hair so that I have to wash my hair with them less and less. Don't get me wrong here--If it turns out (after the few week grace period) that I smell or look nasty, will consider is a big FAIL and quit. I am simply giving it a try, because there is no harm in trying something that might 1. Save me money, 2. Be healthier for me and give me super good-lookin' hair to boot, and 3. make my showers shorter in the long run. Anyone with a baby knows #3 can be a big help. It is also worth noting that I will still, even when not using any product, rinse my hair with water in the shower. Also, I can add any scented essential oils to my homemade "conditioner" and therefore still have pretty smelling hair!
Anyone want to give it a try with me?