I went no-poo.
Four months, and I'm still trucking.
Here's how it plays out for me ...
I usually just rinse my hair. However, about once a week, I do a baking soda wash and ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. I keep a cup in the shower. To make the wash, I put in a tablespoon of baking soda in the cup, fill it up the rest of the way with water, pour it over my head and scrub for about a minute. Then, I rinse like crazy (because I'm about to do the ACV and don't want a volcano science experiment happening on my head). I do the same thing for the ACV rinse - one tablespoon of ACV in the cup, fill it up with water and dump it over my hair.
Some people leave the ACV rinse on, while some rinse it out. I rinse slightly.
And NO, you will not smell like vinegar all day. When vinegar dries, the smell is gone. I can't believe you're even asking me that. Have I taught you NOTHING this year??
On some really skanky days in between, I may do the wash and the rinse. Sometimes I might just want to do the rinse to soften a bit. I'm learning my hair, and it changes with the weather (and the hormones!).
My hair gets a full wash and condition at the salon, but pops right back into all natural mode just fine.
One time I totally caved, and ended up being miserable. Shampoos strip my hair. The only way to style it is to cake on products. It's an addiction. I couldn't see how healthy my hair is naturally until I detoxed from store-bought shampoos.
I never have to add products now. I just blow dry and go.
Call me crazy, but I prefer "wickedly intelligent."