Ever tried it?
I actually started with a transition. I went about 2 weeks using this awful organic shampoo we had and no one likes. It doesn't feel like it cleans like a typical shampoo. I figured that might be a good first step, as it didn't feel like it was stripping oils. During this time I committed to cease use of all styling products that lead to build up on my hair. After around 2 weeks, I went back to the baking soda and acv. I am currently using a ratio of 1 tablespoon in a 16oz drinking cup, for both items. I put the baking soda in my cup, take it in the shower. The cup gets filled with water and stirred up in the shower. I pour that over my hair and try to massage it in at the scalp. Then I put a tablespoon of the acv in the cup and fill it up with water again. I pour this over my hair, started with just a tiny bit up at the roots to fully rinse, and then moving it down to use the rest on only the lower half of my hair. I've read that using the acv rinse over the whole head can cause greasy hair up top, but I like to use a little at the roots to be sure all of the baking soda is rinsed away.
And the results?
Well, the first week was awesome. When I was using conventional shampoo, I only washed my hair once or twice a week. The other days I just did a nice rinse and scalp massage in the shower with plain water. I have been doing the No Poo twice a week so far, and my hair felt amazing in the first week. Now, though, I think I am in a transition period. Googling this concept the first time I tried it made it very clear that I should expect this 'hair freaking out' stage as it adjusts to the change. My body has to learn that it's ok to stop producing all of those extra oils it was producing to compensate for the harsh shampoo washings.
Here's what I ended up doing yesterday because it was just so crazy looking I couldn't take my kids to school without covering this mess up:
I'm feeling like a die hard right now, though. I really want to make this work. I'm going to stick with the 1 tablespoon of each for a couple weeks and see if it evens out. I feel like it would be rather pointless to start messing with different ratios, etc when it might just be 'hair freaking out stage' that needs to run it's course and no amount of fiddling is going to make it normalize any faster.
Maybe next time I'll get the real camera out so I can really show the condition of my hair after a few weeks of No Poo... but don't count on it. iPad is always around, and I'm lazy like that.