Lately the thing that has been eating away at me is my lack of a good shampoo. Back in May I tried the "no poo" thing for about 5 weeks, using baking soda to cleanse and apple cider vinegar to detangle, but although my hair felt fine, it always looked slightly wet. And to be honest, I missed that soapy lather terribly. Over the summer I went back to my regular, SLS filled shampoo, busy with life around the farm. After harvest I decided to try my hand at a homemade shampoo. I used one that has been floating around Pinterest, a coconut milk and liquid castile soap combination. I tried to like it. I really did. Knowing that many people have tried it and loved it, exclaiming about the wonderful thickness of their hair, I tried to ignore the fact that using it was sort of like pouring melted wax on my hair and feeling it solidify into a thick chunky rope. It's the castile soap that my hair despises, apparently, and try as I might I could not find a recipe online for shampoo without it. If you know of one, please let me know! As it stands right now I've resigned myself to buying a natural shampoo -I just ordered some from a brand named Desert Essence (I love their face cleanser and their toothpaste) that does not use the cheap and harmful Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that most brands do. I've known for a long time that SLS it is a known irritant, that it can dry your skin and strip and damage your hair, but only recently have I actually researched it and discovered that it was shown to damage developing eyes (like, kids?) in some studies, that it is absorbed into your body and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact (do I really want chemicals whose long-term effects are unknown hanging out in my body or my kids' bodies??), and that it is a possible carcinogen. So I'll have to check out the ingredient list when I get my new shampoo and see what they use, and hopefully I'll find a shampoo made from non-harmful substances that also does something good for my hair. I'll let you know. Anyone else out there searching for a more natural shampoo? What have you found?