Hi all,

I'm just wondering if anyone has REALLY had any success going "shampoo free?" I have been on a quest to remove all chemicals and toxic stuff from my life, so my "no-poo" is dual purposed, and I've also tried to change the products I use in my hair, but I am trying to find a healthy balance between my wishes not to use conventional products/chemicals, and my ability to maintain my natural curls well!

Let me start by saying I would NEVER do the "no poo" baking soda method, it just wouldn't work for me, and I know it causes damage and breakage in my hair.

I had some success with castile soap for shampoo with an herbal ACV rinse. I've also had success with Mehandi shampoo bars, also with an ACV rinse. But the ACV rinse seems to affect how well my hair curls. These natural cleaning methods, they're not seemingly drying, but they must be doing something, because my curls just aren't there the way they are when I simply use a "normal" shampoo and conditioner.

So sometimes I cave. I have to use shampoo and conditioner to get my REAL curl back. And YES, I did try the CO-washing, and it didn't work for me. I've tried everything, including washing my hair with HONEY! Let me tell you, honey was amazing the first two days. My curls were better than ever, just PERFECT! But then, complete oil slick.

As far as products, I typically use aloe vera gel, sometimes on its own (sometimes it works AMAZING, then other times it does nothing). But most of the time I use a mixture of aloe vera gel, glycerin, a drop or two of jojoba oil, and I believe it's DevaCurl gel (the thinner type gel), all mixed together in a travel sized bottle. I'm looking to eliminate using the DevaCurl product.

Does anyone have ANY advice at all from something you've figured out, tried and true? No-poo or alternate poo method? Non-chemical styling treatments?

Thank you!