I jumped off the wagon (the shampoo wagon, that is) this weekend. Here's what I learned so far:
Thursday: used sodium laurel sulfate-free, pthalate-free, and "cone" free shampoo as normal
Friday: decided to just do a water-rinse while in the shower and see how long I could go without using shampoo. Wore a hat, because I felt self-conscious.
Saturday: tried an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. My hair loved it and I haven't had softer hair in the shower. Had a good feeling about it.
Later Saturday: My hair was SO greasy it never really looked like it dried. Kept a hat on all day, and even slept in one at night so I wouldn't ruin my pillowcase!
Sunday a.m.: Washed with Baking Soda mixed with water. I applied it with a squirt bottle with a pointy tip like hairdressers use when applying color, so I could get my scalp, not just the hair. Then rinsed only the ends with ACV mixed with 4 drops essential oil (I used Auracacia's Purify). Best day yet. My hair was fluffy, NOT greasy and smelled wonderful!
From what I've read online, there is really a trial and error period for everyone, and each person will have to come up with their own system that works for them. the most helpful thing I found was located at:http://web.mac.com/jfmori/iWeb/nz/No...xperiment.html
It is a blog with photos of a woman's No-Poo experiment. It was very encouraging and helpful.
Good luck to you all!