Pheebe, I just stepped into shower, and guess what was there......VO5 Kiwi Lime Conditioner!!! I used it to co-wash my hair! Will give a full report later.....Late last winter I tried not washing my hair. I made it five days then couldn't take it anymore - no such luck for me 'breaking through the funk barrier.'
I experiment a lot with my hair (which is long, naturally curly, fine in texture, but thick in quantity/volume, and not color treated). I've tried shampoo bars with minimal success, ACV rinses which, no matter HOW many times I read or hear people say they don't leave a lingering scent, on me they absolutely do. It's unbearable.
My most successful routine which has worked for years (why did I even bother straying?) is to conditioner wash daily (V05 Kiwi Lime is my all-time favorite and staple. At any given moment, I have at least 3 bottles in my stash.) Once I co-wash, I'll apply whatever rinse-out conditioner I feel like using (sometimes it's just the V05 - it smells so clean and lovely, why not?) If I feel my hair needs a little extra moisture / taming on any given day, I'll use a heavier conditioner.
Now and then I'll clarify with a more 'natural' shampoo (Giovanni 50:50 is excellent), but this is rare, once a month maybe? I'll occassionally work coconut oil into my hair at night, put it in a bun, go to bed, and co-wash it out the next morning.
I'm on a kick right now where I'm not using styling products - after I rinse out my conditioner, I'll squish a little of said conditioner into my sopping wet hair (while still in the shower), then 'plop' my hair into a microfiber towel, leaving the towel in place for 5-10 mintues. I remove the towel, give my roots a gentle shake with my fingers, and let my hair air dry.
It's happy & healthy this way, and so am I. I've tried spacing my washings, but no dice. I cannot, CANNOT, abide a gunky-feeling scalp. I live in a SUPER crazy humid climate, which is part of the reason. Everyone's different, and I'm envious of those who can go one or more days between washings - oh, the time you must save!
Anyone interested in learning more info, tips and whatnot on not washing their hair / the no 'poo method / co-washing should visit naturallycurly.com, even if your hair is NOT curly. There's a wealth of info there and I credit their site with helping me find the right products and routine.