I went no 'poo about a year ago. I used baking soda for a while with no ACV (only washing once a week or so I didn't need it). I tried Dr. Bronner's and found the same thing that many other people are saying... it really dried my hair out and made my curly hair super frizzy.
At some point, I decided I no longer wanted to use baking soda and I wanted to find something more soothing and with other properties. I found out about soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) and realized it grows all over the place, and isn't difficult to make a simple "soap" out of it. Here is the recipe I use:
2 cups distilled water
1 1/2 tablespoons dried soapwort root (chopped)
2 teaspoons Lemon Verbena or 2 teaspoons Catnip (optional)
(the Lemon verbena is used for citrus fragrance and/or catnip is thought promote healthy growth.)
Soak the soapwort (and optional herbs) overnight in the water. Then bring to a boil and immediately lower heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 20 or so minutes and remove from heat. Let cool, then strain. Use the liquid to wash hair & skin.
I've experimented with all sorts of other fragrances and herbs... lemon lavender sage is my favorite.
There is another thread with more information on soapwort: https://permies.com/bb/index.php?topic=2173.0.
; I was suprised no one else mentioned it on this thread.