It's been almost 3 weeks with water only washing and things are good. Hair's not 100% but I continue to go in public without concern. Hair looks almost normal to me - to others it seems to look fine. It's got some decent natural shine to it too.
I got my hair cut the other day and my hairdresser didn't say anything about the texture of my hair which feels different than shampooed hair to me. Interesting because the last time I saw her she suggested I use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup.
I think I'll do a baking soda wash (not scrub) within the week just because.