Our family has been going shampoo-less for two weeks now, and I think I've reached a verdict! I have to say in all honesty that I really, really like it! I think we'll stick with the baking soda "shampoo" and vinegar water rinse from now on.
My hair is extremely thick, coarse, and color treated. The baking soda cleanser leaves my hair really clean, not squeaky clean, but clean. It has a different texture than when I use shampoo that I can't really describe. My hair has not been greasy or overly dry, in fact, it is pretty shiny and feels good to the touch. The vinegar rinse is a MUST! It doesn't cause your hair to stink at all, which I was very surprised at! My color has not turned brassy, as most strawberry blondes will do. In fact, I'm sure my scalp is healthier since using this stuff. I usually have three little patches of eczema on my scalp (behind ears and on the nape of my neck.) Summer time makes it sooo bad because of the heat and perspiration. Since using the cleanser and rinse, I have not had any trouble with those spots on my scalp. Seriously, none!
Also, I don't use mousse or gels anymore! My hair curls perfectly with the curling iron or rollers. All I need is a spritz of hairspray and that's it!
I've used it on the kids with good results, too. Ryan really likes it and refuses to use shampoo anymore. His hair is soft and shiny, and not greasy at all. JP and Danny like it because it doesn't burn their eyes like soap does. Kyle could care less what we use. Their heads don't have that sour, stinky puppy smell when they come in all sweaty from outside.
It's a keeper in our household! But don't worry, I'll store a couple of bottles of shampoo and conditioner away in case anyone comes for a visit this summer!