How Baking Soda Can Save Your Hair

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shampooEvery time you turn around, you hear about some new study that reveals how toxic the food we are eating or the products we are using are. Obviously, we can not stop eating and while we can minimize the products, especially cosmetic products, that we use, we do have to maintain some level of hygiene.

One of the ways that we can be “safe” from all the various toxins, is by trying to stay as close to what is natural as possible. A lot of the toxins that are created, especially in our food, come from our food being chemically altered or having hormones and other chemicals added to them.

Below, one woman shares how baking soda shampoo saved her hair:

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 gal when it comes to my beauty routine and I’m always on a mission to reduce my exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, so I was psyched 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
  • DEA/Diethanolamine
  • Parabens 
  • Fragrance
The word fragrance might not sound so bad, but on a label, it can mean the presence of over 4,000 separate chemical ingredients. How scary is that?!
There are lots of great natural brands of shampoo that don’t contain these ingredients, but as my short hair began to grow, it became really limp and flat due to the rainy weather here in Seattle. I tried to fix this with mousse and styling products, which then caused build-up. 
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. Plus, with the cold, my hair was getting really static-y. 
Ugh.
I was ready to chop it all off and go back to short hair when I found my way to the baking soda and vinegar hair care method which 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 from 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.

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  1. MeLinda Peterburs on

    Actually it doesn't because it's alkaline. It leaves your hair shiny with body and seals your ends; try it with apple cider vinegar if you like

  2. It would have been nice if the author had been more explicit in her directions. Did she add anything to the baking soda to produce the sudsy effect? Does the baking soda produce suds on its own? When she applies the vinegar, does she dilute it? This could have been a helpful article but as it is, it is not very helpful.

    • I thought too that her directions were not explicit enough. Also, we are accustomed to suds from a lot of the chemicals. I read somewhere that suds aren’t necessary to clean hair or anything else for that matter. I use baking soda and vinegar for almost anything. There are many sites on Facebook that will give you information about natural products and their uses.

    • I AGREE ANA! WHY DID SHE NOT SHARE EVERYTHING? THAT WAS MY THOUGHT AS WELL. DON’T JUST GIVE A NIBBLE,GIVE THE WHOLE PIECE.

    • Not Only That But She Didn’t Mention That Vinegar Usage My Not Be Good For Chemically Treated Hair As It May Strip The Relaxer! Hmmm

  3. I don’t understand how you can wash your hair with baking soda. Does it foam or make suds. Does this work for natural hair?

  4. ok i found the rest of the article. My hair is natural and i want moisture because my hair is to dry. Vinegar and beer are wonderful for relaxed hair, but i’m not sure about natural styles for African American women.

  5. I can't be dealing with all that. I use French Perm, Stablizer after shampooing, PH balanced to bring your hair back to the proper PH. It's so magnificent you don't have to use a Conditioner.

  6. Baking Soda is not good for your hair. I repeat it is not good for your hair. Please learn about hair pH balance to know what I am referring too. Baking soda is highly Alkaline which lifts the hairs cuticles and disrupts the hair shaft temporarily which is why you’ll need something else as a rinse of high acidic value to smoothen the cuticles. There’s various YouTube videos that talk about natural hair’s pH as well as books. Here’s a beginner to help you understand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAjZjecFPFg.

  7. Enid Wallace on

    Yes Vinegar is acidic. I do believe it helps remoce sebum build up and increases blood dupply, thus enhancing hair growth. I'll give it a try and let y'all know what I think;). As I'm all sbout keeping it natural and healthy;)!

  8. Charnell Cato on

    vinegar is acidic, not alkaline. vinegar works well because the natural ph of hair is around 4-5. vinegar helps seals the cuticle on the hair shaft to retain moisture. baking soda is alkaline.

  9. vinegar seals the hair follicles ad makes it shine. It is acidic. good for ya. I am not gonna try the baking soda . I heard of a lady washing her children's hair like that and their hair fell out. They had beautiful thick hair. get no sulfate shampoo and wash hair once or just enough to get greasy products out. Condition. If yr hair is dry and no grease on it, don't shampoo often. Wash hair with conditioner only, rinse well and style.

  10. The ‘vinegar’ is apple cider vinegar. I’ve used that and it does cut down on all those chemicals and hard water. But baking soda???

    Maybe she mixed it with a shampoo that doesn’t have any sulfates in it. More & more companies are creating their shampoos without sulfates.

  11. not sure why this article is in a healthy black woman website? the original article is written by a white woman. now rinsing with vinegar is good for the hair, my great grandmother used to rinse my hair with vinegar so that part is true. but baking soda for black hair, i don’t think so.

  12. The baking soda would be a problem with my dreads though. Someone mentioned mixing it with something. I wonder what. Hmm

  13. Jacqualine Reichelt on

    The first evidence of baking occurred when humans took wild grass grains, soaked them in water, and mixed everything together, mashing it into a kind of broth-like paste.The paste was cooked by pouring it onto a flat, hot rock, resulting in a bread-like substance. Later, this paste was roasted on hot embers, which made bread-making easier, as it could now be made any time fire was created. The Ancient Egyptians baked bread using yeast, which they had previously been using to brew beer.`-…

  14. i would like to know how to grow my Kinky hair longer and what to use to make it stay softer. ive my doubts about the baking powder.

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  16. I have used Baking Soda when washing my hair, I have no chemical in my hair, mix it with your shampoo with the initial 1st wash and it will smell like you’re washing out perm. Now I use only the natural oils in my hair such as vitamin e jojoba etc.

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