Well, kids, it's been one week since I washed my hair with real shampoo and I don't think I'll ever touch the stuff again. (if you don't know what I'm talking about, start by reading this post)
I was feeling pretty greasy after Day 4, so I took this girl's suggestion and picked up some Dr. Bronner's soap. Apparently, you can wash your floors, dishes AND hair with it, so I was afraid it'd be too harsh, but I was wrong and IT. IS. AWESOME.
Dr. Bronner's managed to get rid of the gross shine and gunky texture I had accumulated without bringing me back to the limp and lifeless state that made me start this little regimen in the first place.
My hair has more volume than it ever did when it was squeaky clean and while it's still a little greasier than I'd like, I think it'll regulate itself back to normal in the next few weeks.
I'm loving the little bit of clumpiness and natural wave that I'm getting, which would've involved some actual effort and product if I was washing every day. And since this stuff is soap, I'm avoiding the stank that comes from just rinsing.
Let me know if you're ballsy enough to try this - it's really nowhere near as disgusting as I originally imagined!
*I can't believe that I've turned into that girl on the internet who rants about her hair-washing regimen and posts animations of herself making MySpacey smirks and pouts. Whoops.
UPDATE: Katrina had some questions, so I thought I'd answer them here in case anyone else was wondering the same things. Right now I'm using the Dr. Bronner's about every other day and holding off on using any products. Eventually I'll reintroduce what I like to call "hair crack" - if you're looking for something that gives you volume at the root without the dreaded crunchy/shiny effect, this stuff is INCREDIBLE. I'm blowdrying every day with a round natural-bristle brush, which helps drag the grease (or, if you like euphemisms, "natural oils") away from the roots.
Hope this helps - keep the questions coming!