People no-poo for the following reasons:
- Some people don't like sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates
- Don't like parabens
- Don't like perfumes or are allergic to perfumes or some chemicals
- Have psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, or sebhorreic dermatitis
- Have curly hair and shampoo ruins their curls
- Have totally greasy hair from shampooing (which aggravates oil production)
- Have bad skin, which no-poo can correct
- Would like a natural remedy but most natural shampoos on the market are too expensive
- Don't want to overstrip hair
- Want to mend overprocessed, split, or damaged hair
Also, the conditioner/bs mixture completely
depends on the conditioner. You can't use premium conditioners, moisturizing conditioners, mending/repairing conditioners, or heavy conditioners. You can't use conditioners that have silicones in them.
You must use a lightweight conditioner primarily used for detangling and does little else. Even clarifying conditioners will work. It can't coat the hair too much like heavy or moisturizing conditioners do. That leads to greasiness.
The cheapo conditioners are less likely to have silicones (the non-soluble silicones coat your hair and eventually block moisture out, which leads to drying, splitting, and breakage - and cause build up) and they don't weigh your hair down.
You can also low-poo with shampoos that have other surfactants, like coco-betaine or no-poo with the baking soda/ACV combo, or my favorite lightweight conditioner and baking soda, conditioner/BS/brown sugar, or conditioner/brown sugar. It's lovely. My boyfriend LOVES my hair now. It's even better now that my hair is actually growing and keeping length rather than just breaking off and looking scraggly at the ends.
If you want information on no-poo, the types of conditioners to use, the method, and other stuff, go here, I posted a ton of links. I can't keep typing everything out each time!