Did you know that baking soda is an incredibly easy way to clean your hair? Yep, the rumors are true! What shocked me even more than the fact that this actually works is how much better my hair began to look when I started using baking soda compared to traditional shampoo!
I’m a complete DIY Diva! When it comes to my daily or weekly beauty routine I’m always on a mission to reduce my exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, and my wallet to over priced products! After all I am a mom! So I was excited when a friend recommended this to me and even more excited that this method gave me such great results.
You might be wondering: what’s so bad about regular shampoos? Well, they can contain a lot of harmful ingredients. Some of the worst chemical-offenders are:
- sodium Sodium Lauryl
- Laureth Sulfate
The word fragrance might not sound so bad, but on a label, it can mean the presence of over 4,000 separate chemical ingredients which could potentially be harmful with prolonged usage.
There are lots of great natural brands of shampoo that don’t contain these ingredients, but I have very fine unruly hair. I was not blessed in this department! I tried to fix this with mousse and styling products, which then caused build-up. UGH!
To fix that, I started incorporating a clarifying shampoo every few weeks, but this dried out my hair, so I added in an intensive conditioner, which only made the lifeless hair problem worse. It was like a catch-22!
I was really ready to shave my head and start all over. OK, well maybe not that drastic, but seriously thinking of just chopping it all off and rocking the short do for a while when a Hollywood friend of mine introduced me to this new method. I figured she knew what she was talking about since she had long gorgeous hair so why not try it out for myself! The baking soda and vinegar hair care method really solved all my problems.
My hair now has more body, volume, and strength than it did with all the crazy shampooing, products, and special hair care nonsense I used before. And now my routine is incredibly simple: wash with baking soda, rinse with vinegar, blow dry, and maybe flat iron the front strands if I feel like it. That’s it!
Since shampoos strip our scalps of natural oils, this tends to increase oil production so as you stop using shampoo you might find that you hair seems oiler than normal for the first few weeks until your scalp adjusts. Now that I’ve been using this method for awhile, I’ve found that my hair doesn’t get as oily as it did before and I only have to use this method every 2 – 3 days. The baking soda and vinegar method is cheap, effective, simple and chemical-free and I think you’ll love it as much as I do. Here’s how you can get started:
It might be hard to adjust to the lack of shampoo foaming action at first, but I promise this is worth it in the end.
Start by mixing 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. I have shoulder length hair and mix about 2 to 3 tablespoon of baking soda with 3 times that amount of water in a small squeeze bottle. You can adjust this depending on your hair length.
Apply the baking soda and water mixture to dry or wet hair by starting at the roots and working to the ends.
Let it sit for 1 – 3 minutes then rinse with warm water.
After washing and rinsing with the baking soda mixture, you’ll want to apply a vinegar rinse.
Mix 1 part white or apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water. To minimize the vinegar smell, I also add lavender, peppermint, and/or rosemary essential oils to the vinegar mixture. I like to mix a big batch of this ahead of time and keep it in a squeeze bottle in the shower.
Tilt your head back, close your eyes (to avoid getting this mixture in your eyes), and distribute through your hair.
If you have longer hair, I like to then (still keeping my eyes closed) tilt my head forward and distribute more rinse through the ends.
After a few seconds, rinse with cold water. The cold water helps to seal in moisture, smooth the hair, and add shine. I have straight hair and have noticed that this really made a difference with eliminating frizz and static.
If your not to keen on the idea yet, just try it a few times a week, that’s what I did. Let me know how this works for you!
P.S Did you also know that Apple Cider Vinegar is great on your skin? Check out my post on ACV and your skin!