How to Use Baking Soda Shampoo for Gorgeous Locks ...


Who knew a simple kitchen staple could give you glorious hair that you only see in shampoo commercials? Turns out baking soda is the thing and it’s so easy to do. It will revitalize your locks by removing product buildup, dirt, debris and other gunk that clings to your strands. There’s a simple process for getting the most out of the process so use these steps to better hair in mere minutes. It’s so easy and you can safely do it a couple of times per week. Get ready for the compliments to start rolling in.

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Mix It up Just before Using It

The first step in washing with baking soda is to create your mixture just when you’re ready to use it. It won’t hurt your hair to use it if it’s a few days old, but it’s a lot more effective if it’s fresh. When you get ready to hop in the shower, simply create your baking soda shampoo and then follow the rest of these easy steps.


Use One Part Baking Soda to Three Parts Water

Combine one part baking soda with about three parts water to form a paste. You can add more water, if needed to create the consistency you want. It shouldn’t be too thin because it will just run off your hair, but if it’s too thick, it will be hard to spread. Getting the perfect ratio may take a bit of trial and error, but once you get there, it’s easy to recreate it whenever you want to.


Scrub the Mixture All over Your Head and Hair

Now, scoop up your paste and massage it directly into your head. Make sure you get your scalp and all the way down your strands to the very end. Rub it in well because this will help strip the nasty stuff out so that you can rinse it away when you’re done. Don’t be so rough that you break your hair, but not so gentle that it doesn’t do the trick.


Allow the Mixture to Sit for a Couple of Minutes

Now kick back and relax for a couple of minutes while the baking soda works its magic. This is when I’d cruise Pinterest or catch up on Facebook. Or grab a book and finish that chapter you’ve been meaning to get to for a few days. Once your two or three minutes is up, get ready to rinse.


Rinse with Warm Water for Several Minutes

You want to get all the baking soda out of your hair or it will weigh your strands down and make your hair limp and lifeless. Use warm water and let it run over your head for several minutes. You should be able to tell if it’s working by feeling your strands. If you feel residual paste, keep rinsing.


Follow with a Vinegar Rinse

Remember the experiment where you combine baking soda and vinegar and it bubbles? This is the effect you want. The vinegar will help strip any remaining junk out of your hair. To do it, combine white or apple cider vinegar with three times as much water. Douse your hair with the mixture, then take another break for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.


Towel Dry Gently and You’re Done

Now that your hair is as clean as possible, squeeze it dry with a towel. Never twist or pull on it because this can lead to breakage. Once you have most of the water removed, comb your strands gently and allow it to air dry.

Have you ever tried baking soda shampoo? Do you think you will? What other tips do you have for fabulous hair?

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Thanks @Jamie, easily explained and greatly appreciated

Thank you so much Alyx!

I have already started doing this once a week but will it strip color out of my hair?

Had a teacher who does this and her hair was magically beautiful. Really works! and the best part about it is that it heals damaged hair and gives you healthy growing hair

Thanks Alyx, it's a sweet note for people like me who would go about overdoing everything. My hair feel thankful.

How do you know that the healthy appearance won't last? Have you tried it? I read something similar when looking to use it for my face, I have acne prompt skin, and I'm glad use it anyways because I've seen great results in my skin. I just want to know if what you said you know it as a fact.

Can't wait to try this!

@brendalis it is a fact. ACV and baking soda strip the hair of moisture, and damage the hair at a molecular level. People were doing this all the time years ago, and after about a year everyone realized how "crunchy" their hair felt. Baking soda has way more negative effects on the skin and hair than good. I do agree that after a lot of product or for removing dye, this is a good method, but for every wash it's only going to damage the hair in the long run. I've gone to cosmetology school. I studied this. I studied hair structure and how it reacts to products for months. I am also studying to become a cosmetic chemist.

@valerie yes it strips color. @sara it's fine for getting rid of build up, but so is a clarifying shampoo. It's really up to you, if you don't use a lot of products in your hair there's really no need

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