I was just getting into this thread and he leaves! Did he ever explain the new method? I agree with him though, all these products aren't natural.
I'm doing a no soap experiment at the moment and my body is producing less smell and grease I don't use soap and just scrub in the shower and don't smell.
I might try the same thing with my hair, just scrub wash and let the remaining natural oils be my gel.
Co-wash - Boots / Tresemme Naturals
Condition - Bodyshop Rainforest / Tresemme Naturals
Style - Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera gel / Garnier Fructis Camouflage gel