I haven’t used shampoo for 2.5 years now and it’s only in the last 6 months I’ve really nailed it. I don’t get all this the advice on the internet about rinsing your hair with ACV or bicarb or anything, isn’t the whole point that you let your hair get back to it’s natural state? Makes no sense to me…
Anyway, in my first 2 years my hair was really hit and miss. Sometimes it went really nice and soft, sometimes it was gross, most of the time it was somewhere in between where it didn’t look too bad but didn’t feel very nice. All I was doing was brushing everyday and washing once every 7/10 days maybe. I then changed my shower head to one with a filter which improved my hair quite a lot. The biggest improvement I’ve seen though was when I started having cold showers. A lot of the advice says to rinse your hair with hot water to get rid of all the excess oils. I think that just stripped my hair like shampoo and then your scalp over compensates for the next week. My hair is almost always soft now and rarely greasy, I don’t need to brush it everyday to distribute the oils, and I’ve tried washing my hair every day and washing it once every 7/10 days and it seems to stay the same. If it does get a little greasy I can just brush it and it’s usually good to go.
So my advice would be 1. Cold water only 2. Attach a shower filter 3. Boar Bristle brush 4. Experiment with wash frequency, It makes no difference to my hair now. 5. Forget all this other stuff people experiment with, just let nature do it’s thing!
…I also don’t have to do the daily scritch and preen and is often advised. I feel like the whole process is getting over egged. Keep it simple!