Here it is: Stop using shampoo and conditioner.
What? you say. Why on earth would I want to do that?
Here is a link to a post just full of information and reasons why one might come to a decision such as this. The motivation for me (as I already use all natural products and have found them for a price I'm willing to pay) came as I read this paragraph near the end:
Going "poo-free" may not initially sound like your cup of tea, but don't be fooled into thinking shampoo is a necessary or healthy part of your body care routine. On top of being excessively harsh, your shampoo may contain ingredients you're not comfortable having on your body or your hair. To really reap the benefits of healthy hair you'll want to return it to it's natural state, and going poo-free is the best way to do it. Try it for a month, and be faithful… see how much you love your new hair . You'll surprise yourself at how soft, vibrant and clean it will feel.
I've been 'poo-free' for a few months now and am enjoying volume, shininess and bounce that I've never experienced before but have spent years trying to attain. I've tried every volumizer on the block. Shampoos, spritzers, hairsprays, mousse and special haircuts to give the 'illusion' of volume… nothing worked. Who knew all I had to do was stop weighing my hair down with shampoos and conditioners? My hair has never been easier to manage, and it feels great.
I have fairly fine hair without much body, that gets greasy if I don't wash it every day. I've also tried volumizers, mousse, blow drying upside down, etc. to no avail. Could it be that all I needed to do was let my hair take care of itself, without all of the add-ons?
So far I have been trying this out for about a week, and it is going well. The post explains that there is somewhat of a transition period, and I've had quite a few greasy hair days when it goes straight up in a ponytail. I'm hoping it will be over soon, but generally when I wash it with the baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse, it looks and feels good (and smell fine), and I anticipate that it will get better in the next week or two and that remaining greasiness will be gone.
Has anyone else tried this? I'd love to hear about your experience!
Edit: This week, I tried skipping the apple cider vinegar rinse and just using baking soda, as my hair adapts and works through this (hopefully short!) season of greasiness. It really worked! When I did it on Wednesday, my hair looked and felt almost as good as when I use shampoo, and when I did it again today (Friday) again it is not nearly as greasy as it was last week. I'm continuing to try washing only every second day, and I have a feeling there is light at the end of the tunnel!