As a natural I like to use conditioner to wash my hair , or sometimes shampoo's. The shampoo has to be a natural one though without any harsh addictive such as SLS or SLES ( Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS ) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to "foam up". Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants. Although SLES is somewhat less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and its effects are therefore much longer-lasting.
I have found several natural shampoo's that are gentle and do not strip moisture from my hair but my hair still feels squeaky clean when using them at times. A couple of favorites are:
Given by Natures Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Just Mint Shampoo* ( discontinued)
Blended Beautys Soy Shampoo ( This is top notch, the price is too high though)
HerbNLife Royal Rinse Shampoo
Even when using these I prepoo because I know my hair is going to get super clean. The choices of a prepoo can range greatly. Anything that you can use for deep conditioning can be used for a prepoo.
I started off with olive oil and honey, then moved on to Myashas Honeydew Treatment, then Aubrey Organics Conditioners, and any type of oil. The choice is up to you. I change frequently but the end result is the same. My hair feels GREAT.
I prepoo, cleanse, deep condition , rinse and style. So I'm only wetting my hair twice. If I'm doing a henna I prepoo , henna and rinse, deep condition, rinse and style. Still only twice. I never wash my hair first then henna, then rinse, then deep condition , then rinse and style. Too much water and handling can strip the hair as well.