How long and first month experiences
First off when I started no poo, I was already a 1-2 shampoo wash a week person so transition was pretty quick for me (about a month). But I am just over 6 months now no poo.
Consider reading this post: My 1 month success, experiences and observations
and mine: Frizz/Flyaways still? and Oops an oil treatment gone wrong!
Both have some trial and errors and our beginners’ 1st month’s experiences and that we both think dry shampoo is what works for us.
Kids and no poo
Our family has a few members doing a no poo to rare shampooers. My youngest cousin is like age 5 never shampooed, my niece just over 1, same - both clean soft lovely hair. I think we get in a bad way washing wise just before and at puberty - its like we are trying to wash it away because hormones are (or can be) hell transitional period. That or paranoid parents and possibility of lice in school. Then after hormones and school is done, we are dependent on shampoo and going no poo means a transition period.
Thin/Straight vs. Curly
Yes, I think straight thin hair has a harder time compared to curly. Before I went no poo when I straightened my hair I noticed my hair always oilier faster (which I would use dry shampoo before I even heard of no poo). I think that is why people tend to find different ways they do no poo.
Now I hear some people do a shampoo after 3-6 months, it doesn’t (apparently) reset to the transitional period but gives a good wash that WO or BS/ACV can’t do. I also see some people just go no sulfates shampoo - if you don’t want to go cold turkey, I think that is an option. But dry shampoo I think is still best option you can do the aerosol dry shampoo, or baby power, or corn starch, etc. Because you can choose where you want it and doesn’t seem to mess with anything.
After a WO wash, my hair looks meh but I put either no product in or just some Moroccan oil on damp hair (but not the roots) and put it up damp and sleep on it in that loose bun. But the next day I do a brush and quick straightening to pull the oils down further then sleep with it in a loose bun and by day 3 I love my hair again. By day 4-5 I might have to do a dry shampoo dusting but I just do it when it looks too oily so truly varies.
While transitioning I used my watuko multifuction headgear (https://www.watukoheadgear.com/) more often; its bamboo, easy to clean and has multiple ways to wear.
But now generally I have my hair either loose bun (or rarely loose braid) or just take it out of that bun and smooth away with some Moroccan oil and/or cocoa butter. I do play/preen my hair when it’s down I don’t know if it’s cause is so soft now, habit from the scritching and preening or a nervous habit cause I am not use to my hair down without buckets of product (or all of the above).
I hope this isn’t overload of info, I just didn’t have much help when I was first starting so I researched and ‘trial and error’d’ like mad. So want to be as helpful as I can