My No-Poo Method: Mostly water-only, with an occasional honey-wash once per month to clarify– I LOVE this method. I tried a JR Liggett’s shampoo bar once which left my hair poofy & made my ends frizzy, which I didn’t like.
Oily Transition / How I deal with excess oils now: I used honey-washing for the first week or two of the transition, and tried to go as long as possible between washes. My transition wasn’t too bad because I had already been using a sulfate-free shampoo for years, and could go 4-5 days oil-free between washes prior to going no-poo.
Now? I don’t have a problem with excess oils anymore, but if my hair feels weighed down, I use a honey-wash to clear up any waxy buildup on my scalp. Boar bristle-brushing happens daily and works amazingly well to move oils to my ends over time.
Hydration: Boar bristle brush works wonders to coat my hair with my natural oils. I add a few drops of coconut oil to my ends while damp to keeps my ends from drying out and getting caught in brushes/combs.
When I used JR Liggett’s shampoo bar, my ends got frizzy. I think it was too clarifying for my tastes. I used a silicone-free conditioner on the lower half of my hair to keep it hydrated until my hair’s natural oils could make the ends look sleek again.
Benefits: My hair is softer, silkier, shinier, BOUNCIER, the strands are much more elastic/stretchier so they break less. Oil production has slowed way down. Every time I go to wash it, I can wait longer. Air-drying takes way less time. The texture/waviness is very nice, no frizz. It stays where I want it, kind of like hairspray. I used to have to blow dry / flat iron it every time I washed it, and now I barely do anything to it! It doesn’t look oily and it doesn’t smell bad according to other people.
Disadvantages: I can’t find a silicone-free heat protectant that I know will work well.