Sorry for the odd title. Couldn't think of a better way to put it.
I'm new here, this is my first post.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop shampooing. I'd heard about the idea a few years back but never gave it too much thought. After one false start, I stopped shampooing over a week ago and am currently on day 10. I have waist length, fairly thick hair, but it has never been naturally oily. Even when I was shampooing, it was rarely more than twice a week. What gave me pause about the whole shampooing business is that I noticed that a shampoo I tried last year for "no frizzies" didn't leave my scalp feeling squeaky clean and dry like normal shampoos, yet my hair stayed cleaner one to two days longer than when it was "stripped" clean. This led me (finally) to try ditching shampooing.
What I am currently doing is, every couple of days, when my scalp starts to feel uncomfortable, I rub some corn starch in and then brush my hair out thoroughly with a boar's bristle brush. This seems to do the trick every time. I'm wondering how long I can keep that up? I don't know what made me think to use corn starch on my scalp but it just seemed to make sense--it absorbs oil and soothes my scalp so, why not? We took the kids swimming last week and afterwards, I rinsed my hair very thoroughly with water but skipped the shampooing step and went straight to my normal apple cider vinegar/distilled water rinse step. (I always use an apple cider vinegar and distilled water rinse after shampooing my hair because we have very hard water where I live). My hair felt great afterwards.
My questions are: How long can I continue to just use cornstarch instead of shampooing? Will using cornstarch to help with the mild "oilies" increase how long it takes for my scalp to naturally start regulating the sebum it produces? Should I rinse my hair with water (followed with the vinegar rinse) from time to time? Also, I would like to get my children off of shampoo. I hate the chemicals in shampoos and could make homemade shampoo but if no more shampooing can work for me, can't it work for them? My two youngest rarely need shampooing anyway as they are only 3.5 and 7. However, my oldest is starting to get that adolescent oily hair and she also swims up to three times a week. I'm not sure what to do about her hair. It is a longish short style and looks awful when not clean. I'd love some advice/suggestions but nothing complicated. We have enough chaos around here as it is and anything that isn't simple is doomed to failure.
Also, on a slightly different subject...anyone have any natural suggestions for facial cleansers? I have skin that tends to be dry but I still get spots, especially on my chin, which is never clear, because I have to pull out the many, many hairs that grow there (the bane of my existence). Expensive, chemical laden facial cleansers don't seem to help and the the microfibre, soap-free cloth I used for about six months only left my face feeling very dry and uncomfortable.
Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions.