When I was first diagnosed with a skin disorder, the first thing I did was eliminate harsh chemicals, including shampoo.
Since 2013, I have not used shampoo on my hair.
What has now been deemed the "no-poo method", my routine is truly the best thing I've ever done for my wild mane. Shampoo strips your hair of it's oils taking away vitamins and nutrients that keep it from becoming rough, tangled, and frizzy. We strip our hair of it's natural conditioner then we apply more chemicals to reverse the effect we just did. There is no need for this.
Converting to this way of life is not an easy one. I did it overnight but I have since figured out a method to help other folks cut out chemicals and shampoos in their hair care routine.
Step 1: Start by detangling your locks. Get in the shower and proceed to wet your head. Spend a good 3-5 minutes massaging your scalp and allowing the water to carry away as much dirt, dead skin cells, and oil as it can.
Step 2: Using a special conditioner, "wash" your hair as you would with shampoo. Paying particular attention to your scalp. Rinse your head and BAM! you're done.
Special conditioners are quite easy to find. Find ones that are free of sulfates, parabens, dyes, and other harsh chemicals. "Love Beauty & Planet" make amazing conditioners at affordable prices.
Now since I wanted to eliminate even more products from our household, I have since converted my "co-washing" into water and apple cider vinegar washing. Apple Cider Vinegar rinses are one of the best for sealing your strands and keeping them shiny and smooth. The vinegar helps to cleanse away dirt and grime from your mane.
Repeat Step 1 from above.
Step 2: Take 1/4c of ACV to 2c of water and pour it over your head. I typically use 4 cups of water with 1/2c of AVC. Slowly pour this mixture and allow it to steep into your hair, feeling the tingle on your scalp. DO NOT RINSE!
Your hair will not smell like a salad. The vinegar will dissipate as your hair dries.
Now you can go a step ever further and only "wash" with water. My significant other does this after I told him that I do not wash my own hair. He loves it but I have no achieved this level of commitment. Maybe one day in the next decade, I will no longer put anything on my wild locks of love.