As usual the winners of the "safe cleaning products" resides in Vinegar and Baking soda. (Remember this entry, Things to keep around?) These don't strip your hair of natural oils. Companies sell you conditioner WITH their shampoo because after you use shampoo (I'm sure you noticed) your hair is dry and unmanageable. Traditional soaps are very harmful because of how rough they are, and (another "unfortunate) we are becoming conditioned to need to feel that harshness on our skin and hair (Squeaky clean) in order to actually trust that it is clean!
Organic and safe shampoos are either just a ruse OR are very expensive.
Vinegar actually balances the PH level of your scalp, too! This alleviates dry AND oily skin! Not only will your scalp feel nice but your hair will be shiny, manageable, and alleviate your need for many other products (like defrizzers and such)
In order to recycle I suggest saving those shampoo and conditioner bottles youre currently using when they are empty and applying these new tactics, see how they feel (Stick with it for about a week and see what you notice) and then enjoy how much money you saved in the process.
Here's a quote from http://mamammalia.blogspot.com:
"After about 6 weeks (!!!) of using baking soda and vinegar, my hair magically transformed. The change from icky to beautiful hair happened quite suddenly. I was relieved because, like I said, I almost gave up a few times. Maybe my hair took that long to adjust or maybe I finally hit the right concoction. Or both."
This recipe I got from http://nourishedandnurtured.blogspot.com and its almost exactly what I have been doing for years.
Make the baking soda and apple cider vinegar mixtures:
- Thoroughly clean out an old shampoo bottle and and an old conditioner bottle.
- In the shampoo bottle, add 1 Tb baking soda for each 8 oz (one cup) of water. In the conditioner bottle, add 1 Tb raw apple cider vinegar for each 8 oz (one cup) water. A funnel is very handy for preventing a mess if your bottles have small openings.
- Add water and fill to the top of each bottle. Put the lids on and shake well.
Let me know how it works out for you!