So I have been doing lots of research trying to find a shampoo that will work best for me. I have hard water at my place and I cannot afford to get a water softener.. I have heard excellent things about dreadlocksshampoo... but I don't currently have a debit card, and I just don't really want to order shampoo online every time I need it. I own Dr. B's but it doesn't quite work in hard water. I also bought this non residue nutrogena stuff but it completely stripped my hair of all it's natural oils, so that's off the list. Currently, I'm washing my hair at my boyfriends place because he has softer water, and I'm using baking soda/apple cider vinegar w/ some tea tree in the baking soda. However, in the research I've done baking soda can weaken the hair because your hairs natural pH is around 4-5 and bs has a ph of 8! So using it drastically alters your hairs pH very quickly.. then applying apple cider vinegar (with a ph of 2-3) drops it back down so fast..which also damages hair. I have read the same thing about Castile soap.
So, I really don't know what to use. I want to wash my hair with something that will not strip my hair of it's natural oils (pH balanced) but also something that won't leave a residue. I do not mind having to only wash my hair at my boyfriends because I only have to do so twice a week, so the hard water is not that much of an issue for me.
I found this recipe online but i'm not sure if it would leave a residue.
If anyone knows, that would be much appreciated! Also, if anyone has other recommendations I would love to hear them. (: Thanks all!!!
updated by @nicole-schaefer: 02/14/15 03:17:45AM