So I've read on a few sites of a method for removing shampoo from your life. The basic idea is that when left to its own natural resources, your hair will regulate the amount of oil naturally. In the meantime you use a combination of a baking soda rinse and a vinegar rinse to bridge the gap, so to speak. I was already going a week or more between hair washings so my scalp was already producing less oil. Today would've been a shampoo day, but instead I did a baking soda rinse and apple cider vinegar rinse. The results? Not bad. But not overly good either.
For one, I have trouble with the method itself. I'm not good at pour liquid on my head, apparently. I got a lot of baking soda water in one of my ears and all over the side of my face. I think I should use a squirt bottle for more precision. Secondly, I don't think I need the baking soda rinse at all. I think the combination of the hot water and the vinegar rinse will be enough to redistribute the oils in my hair so that I don't have any grease spots without stripping my hair. My hair does look nice and does NOT smell like vinegar.
I also made my own body cream this afternoon. Same concept as the face cream, only I used a lot of shea butter and a little grapeseed. I scrubbed it on and then shaved my legs. I did not need lotion when I got out of the shower. So far, so good. I might even try a little of it on my face for moisturizing.
So, I think I've reached a milestone. I don't think there is anything I could do at this point to be more crunchy granola. I never thought I would think it's a good idea to stop using shampoo.