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Done properly, it's supremely gentle and good for my hair.
My hair looks fantastic and healthy.
It uses no petrochemicals and the bare minimum of packaged, purchased goods.
It uses no potentially irritating or hazardous chemicals.
Its manufacture creates no toxic wastes.
It feels and smells nice.
It's healthy for my scalp too.
Did I mention it's cheap?
One thing to remember is that "no poo" is usually really shorthand for "no commercial detergent shampoo". Most no-poo people wash, they just wash with different things, and the baking soda and vinegar is only one way: there are egg washes, water-only washes, herb washes, and natural, soap-based shampoo washes.
(BTW: I think several people with coarse wiry hair have reported that the baking soda & honey wash has made their hair softer and shinier. My hair is not coarse but it's definitely very very soft with this method.)
Truly, I think everyone could give up commercial detergent shampoos and find a method that's healthier, better for their hair and scalp, more environmentally responsible and in many cases more economical. The key is in finding what method works best for you.