Originally Posted by His Own
I haven't used actual shampoo for at least five years, and yes, my hair is clean and shiny!
1. Conditioner-only washing (sometimes called CO washing) works great as long as you really WASH your hair well (you know, massage the hair and scalp very well), then rinse for a LONG time. Your hair will actually lather slightly. I don't use any other conditioner afterwards, as it seems redundant to me. You want to use a cheap, light conditioner, without silicone ingredients. For my hair, the cheap old VO5 line works about best. I like the champagne kiss, the strawberry & cream, the sin-kissed raspberry and the kiwi lime ones. Another that works as well, and that has no fragrance is the Cure Care conditioner sold at Sally Beauty stores. I think it's about my favorite.
2. I used baking soda and vinegar. It worked sort of OK, but not as well as other things I have tried.
3. I used Indian herbs. You can mix these powders up and wash with the liquid mud you make. What I like best is to use Heenara Hair Wash Powder, made by Hesh company, (contains only the herbs, no soaps or detergents) and add in a little methi (aka fenugreek) powder for conditioning. This works great, leaving the hair clean and shiny, but is very messy to do, and if you get any in your eyes it burns like heck! I can explain how to use this if anyone is interested.
4. Lately I have been using, with great success, (get ready for this) plain old Borax, mixed in warm water and followed by a citric acid or vinegar rinse. It works so well, and is the fastest and easiest of the bunch. There are health experts who advocate using this who consider it the safest thing in the world to use. Some others think using borax sounds scary. I am completely comfortable with it. It's a dry, white mineral that comes from the earth and is used 'as is'. I love it! This one is so easy, I'll explain here. I take an empty quart bottle, dump about 1/4 inch of the borax into the bottom, fill the bottle up with warm water, shake very well, then use. In the shower I dump it all over my my already wet head, making sure to get it on all the hair and scalp, massage the scalp and hair only slightly, then rinse it out. That's it. It takes about 30 seconds. I follow with a vinegar or citric acid rinse which I don't even rinse out, and I'm done. My hair is clean and shiny and very happy. (By the way, my hair is tailbone length, so others may find that half this amount is more than enough.)
There are probably other things I tried too, but I'm tired of writing, so I'll stop here.
Just know that there are many ways to clean your hair and scalp that don't involve detergents or soaps, but that leave the hair in lovely condition.