I no'poo. And, I pretty much love it.
Read my no'poo tutorial here.
In my mind, the baking soda is the shampoo and the apple cider vinegar is the conditioner. I suppose it's not just in my mind as the baking soda actually does the "cleaning" by opening the hair follicles and rinsing away dirt and grime while the apple cider vinegar "conditions" by closing the follicles and making my hair so soft like, um, conditioner.
It's been almost a year of no'pooing so I thought it was high time for me to come back and report that yep, I still like it. Unlike the soap nuts for cloth diapers but hopefully not like the homemade dishwasher detergent which is still on my "like" list.
My hair is super soft and while that often times equates into frizz with curly hair like mine, I really do think I have way less frizz than back in my obsessive hair product days. My "gel" is a dab of olive oil smoothed over my wet or dry hair and as long as I keep it to just a dab, it really is the perfect gel for hair.
My preparation routine is unchanged although I often have a hard time finding both squirt bottles as they are my kids most favorite bathtub toys. But, when both bottles are accessible, I put about a tablespoon of baking soda and an inch of water in one bottle and about a tablespoon of vinegar and an inch of water in the other bottle. When only one bottle is found, I prep the baking soda and then bring my little bottle of vinegar in to the shower with me to get ready after I scrub my hair with the baking soda water.
I do wash my hair.
Just not like most people.