My hair needs shampoo a couple of times a week. Otherwise it goes flat and gets too frizzy from overconditioning. I guess my hair is in pretty decent shape afterall! I use L'Oreal Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture shampoo which is really gentle (just has sodium laureth sulfate, but no lauryl or coco-betaine). I still can't figure out what makes certain types of hair like shampoo compared to those who can't use it without getting a ton of frizz/lifeless curls. I have tried full blown CG a few times and it just wont work for me. But I am happy doing a modified CG. My hair is looking better every day, so I must be doing something right!