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Baking Soda Hair Wash Method

Updated on October 21, 2011

If you've never heard of it before, your going to think I'm crazy but the Baking Soda hair wash method is a womens best friend when it comes to hair care. A baking soda hair wash will clean out the excess product, remove impurities, and clean your hair better then any expensive product on the market.

There are two ways to enjoy the benefits of washing hair with Baking Soda.

  • Washing hair with Baking Soda Regularly (Those who use baking soda all the time in place of shampoo only wash their hair every 4 to 5 days) Do some more in depth research on this as there is a detox period to expect.
  • Do a Baking Soda hair wash a few times a month to refresh hair by thoroughly clean the hair of dirt and product build up from shampoos, conditioners, and styling products

My method of choice is to wash my hair with baking soda just a few times a month. I love my shampoo's and conditioner but this is like getting a new start. It's like a getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. Your other hair care products just work better afterwards. I always feel the same after using baking soda in my hair.

ABBA Pure Detox Shampoo with Baking Soda

ABBA Detox Shampoo 8.45 oz
ABBA Detox Shampoo 8.45 oz

Herbal R/X with Molasses and Baking Soda

 

The Baking Soda Hair Formula

Other users of the baking soda hair shampoo recipe I've heard make their baking soda to water mixture a lot stronger then mine, some baking soda shampoo recipes are almost a thick paste. That's way to much work for me to have to wash out. I found that the amount of baking soda that I dilute into the water makes the liquid thin enough that I can completely cover my hair with it but it has enough baking soda to get the job done and really clean my hair completely.

The Baking Soda Hair Cleaner Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 3 cups of very warm water

Mix the two together just before getting into the shower. I keep a plastic spoon or fork so that I can even mix it while in the shower to get more baking soda in the water and less at the bottom of the container. I mix it in an old cleaned out plastic food container, but a plastic water bottle will work great too. Just be sure to make a new mixture of the baking soda hair cleaner each time you use it.

Baking Soda Hair Wash
Baking Soda Hair Wash

How To Use Baking Soda Hair Wash

On the days that I do the baking soda hair wash, which is about 4 times a month, I have my container ready to go just before I jump into the shower. Then once my hair is wet in the shower I get in and pour the baking soda hair wash over my head and start massaging it into my hair and scalp.

It's a weird feeling to get used to at first when you are used to the sudsy feel of shampoo's. There are no bubbles here and it will actually feel a little grity. Kind of like your pouring baking soda water on your head =P

I don't leave it in for long, Once I'm convinced I have cleaned all of my hair and scalp I start washing it out. I take much more time to make sure I have the baking soda hair wash completely out of my hair then with regular shampoo just because I want to make sure there is no powdery residue left. I finish washing the rest of me in the shower and I don't use a conditioner. I want my hair to dry without any product except my BioSilk Silk Therapy I use while blow drying.

When you rinse out the baking soda hair wash your hair is going to feel squeeky clean. Unlike with shampoos' that leave product in and your hands glide through your hair. When wet, your hair is going to feel very different. It will feel almost like your fingers don't want to slide against the hair. It's a very clean feeling because you will feel that there is no product left on your hair.

Biosilk leave in hair conditioner
Biosilk leave in hair conditioner

BioSilk Is Secret Guilty Pleasure

I know that many who use baking soda as a hair shampoo think that you shouldn't need any other product. Supposed to stay natural. I agree that when I am out of the shower I can just blow dry as normal and in fact my hair is softer and lighter with just the baking soda. Even without having used conditioner and find that my hair is soft and shiny.

But, I'm such a big fan of BioSilk Silk Therapy that I can't help but put a dab in the middle of my hands, rub them together and then lightly pull my hands from the top of my hair to the bottom. The shiny silky look that BioSilk Silk Therapy gives my fly away hair is amazing. There are just some parts of my beauty routine that I could never give up right after a shower. Moisturizing my face, and putting BioSilk in my hair.

I totally recommend this product, but it's not necessary as part of the baking soda hair wash. It's just my personal favorite. Its actually pretty expensive if you are uses to using drugstore leave-in hair products. But it is salon quality and the littlest amount goes very far even on long hair.

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I had never heard of using baking soda as a shampoo before. It sound wonderful. I will definitely be giving it a try. Thank you for telling.

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      sunstreeks 8 years ago from Western Washington

      your welcome ivorwen

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Wow this sounds interesting. I wonder how well it works on naturally curly hair. I am thinking it might take a long time to rinse it out.

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Sunstreeks: I gave it a try and love it! My hair has more body then it has in ages, and is more the color it was when I was in college... a color I haven't seen in almost ten years. It also dried quickly, which is a bonus.

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      Joy At Home 8 years ago from United States

      Fantastic! This hub was a God-send. I had just been going to look up homemade shampoos, as I was about out of my commercial stuff and didn't plan on buying more. Lo and behold, a friend sent me this hub to look at, and, voila! Problem potentially solved.

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      meggin 8 years ago

      I love apple cider vinigar as well...maybe I should try mixing or alternating...

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      sunstreeks 8 years ago from Western Washington

      Ivorwen - Glad you love it. =) I've found when I use it, no conditioner is needed either.. just a little silk therapy stuff spread on the ends and a tiny bit on the length of my hair and thats it.. Ready to go out.. I'm considering switching to just the baking soda for awhile and seeing how that goes. I hear there are great results with just BS.

      Joy - good luck. Let me know if it worked for you..

      Meggin - You can use both.. use the baking soda to clean, and the apple cider vinegar as a way to soften the hair.

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      mythbuster 8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I'll try this - thank you for the simple instructions

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      Joy At Home 8 years ago from United States

      It works great! I've used it a couple of times now, with a light vinegar rinse, and not only did I get my natural red highlights back that I had in highschool, but my split ends began literally healing. I've never been able to grow my hair past a certain point because it tends to get raggedy...maybe now I'll be able to grow it as long as I want. I'm hooked.

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      Dink96 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Fascinating. I'm going to try this. We all spend a fortune on hair care products. Now if you could come up with something to banish gray hairs :-)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I had no idea! Wow! And how cheap a thing to do. Wow. Well i'm going to try it. Good point about the detox issue. Thanks for the great tips here!

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      sunstreeks 8 years ago from Western Washington

      mythbuster - so how did it work for you? did you try it yet?

      Joy -Awesome results huh! =) I forgot about that, I noticed the hair color thing as well the first time I had done this. Now, I think I take it for granted and because I do it regularly, I think I'm able to keep the build up that dulls the color to a minimum.

      My color didn't change or anything it was just more vibrant. I think that be removing the toxins, impurities, dirt, hair care product build up, that we are also removing the dullness they cause from coating the hair strand. So when we use the baking soda hair wash, it strips off all the junk and makes the hair seem to reflect it's color better when the light hits it.

      dink98 - sorry, nothing to banish grey hairs cept hair coloring =) Garnier Nutrisse hair color is a good one.. comes in the green box. That's what I use to color my hair.

      Frieda - very cheap=) I used to always search for the perfect clairifing shampoo. You have no idea how much I've spent trying out salon shampoos that are supposed to take everything out of the hair. (drug store shampoo's and conditioners give me scalp sores). Found this and it works better then anything I've tried. Costs just a few pennies each use.

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      I have also found baking soda and salt to make a great combo for brushing teeth. This is what my great grandma used back in early 1900's. I used it once when I ran out of toothpaste and Voila! Squeeky clean. (I would use it as a shampoo but shave my head so that I dont have to worry about that sort of thing) =)

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      sunstreeks 8 years ago from Western Washington

      Good suggestion papermoon. I also make a baking soda paste and then use my spin brush to brush my teeth with every once in awhile. Not as a subsitute for brushing with toothpaste but more just to get rid of the surface stains which helps to whiten them a little bit too. I never knew to use salt in the mix. I will have to go look up what the salt does.

      thanks for the share

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      SusanWesty 8 years ago from Australia

      Never heard of this before. Will it take the color out of your hair if you're using hair dye (too many greys in mine...sigh)

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      is baking soda the same as bicarbonate of soda? Or baking powder?

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      sunstreeks 8 years ago from Western Washington

      SusanWestly I recently dyed my hair with a very dark brown color. Some of the color has lighten but honestly, it had started before I did another baking soda wash so I honestly could'nt say if the baking soda took some of the color out or if it was just because I used a cheap color.

      londongirl- yep, baking soda is just another name for Sodium bicarbonate =)

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Bicarb is great stuff - I use it for all sorts of things, like getting stains off a a metal sink and keeping the fridge fresh.

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      mamatrap 8 years ago

      i have not used shampoo now for over 2 weeks. i tried this at first because i was sick of how nasty my fine hair looked if i did not wash it everyday. i love it, my hair kinda feelks like "beach hair" in a good way. i'm still in the trans. phase so i can only guess it will look better and better. i'm not a big "green" person. i just wanted nice hair. but it does feel good to know i'm helping. p.s my hair has all but stoped falling out and my scalp is never itchy any more!! love it

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      Susan Bailey 8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      When I was young Borax was used for the same purpose.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I just know that baking soda can be use for our hair, nice HUB. thanks for great information.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Detox issue? What do you mean? I like the idea of a super clean, natural product. As a natural blonde I find a lot of shapoos just don't do it, they leave my hair dull and dingy.

      I wonder if you go out on a hot day after the baking soda wash, ifyour hair gets all puffed up. (hahaha) Maybe if you add a little egg.

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      SAHMOMY5 7 years ago

      I LOVE doing the baking soda wash and the apple cider vinegar rinse. Always makes my hair feel sooooo much better. Then I fall off the wagon, and use my husband's shampoo! AUGH! Drying out my hair. I'm starting back on baking soda, and had to look up the recipes. My bone straight normal brown hair always feels silky and looks shiney after a few days of using the method. It's wonderful, and I love using it on the children, as I know there is nothing to sting their eyes, as it is diluted enough. Shampoos that claim not to burn eyes mostly have numbing agents in them! So, they add a chemical that numbs the eyes so the child doesn't actually feel the irritation the shampoo may cause. It never worked for me as a kid, and usually doesn't work for my kids. Baking soda works great! And the ACV rinse is wonderful, too!

      Baking soda, also, makes a great body scrub! It's great for getting rid of the dry skin without stripping your natural oils, like soap. I LOVE it on my dry senisitve skin! And it helps clean the tub drain as it's going down!

      Some claim a dab of baking soda in each armpit makes a great natural deoderant, as well. I haven't been able to go that far, just yet... But I know there are tons of other wonderful household uses for it that are often near miraculous in how easy they work and soooo safe around pets and children (as long as they don't eat it).

      Great, helpful article, thanks! :D

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      MsCookM 7 years ago

      Well I might just have to give this a go. I've never heard of such a thing.

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      BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cool! You like using baking soda too! Good hub!

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      Woodeline 7 years ago

      Great ideas everyone. If i use baking soda as a bath scrub, do i still need to use soap?.

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      Nisha shan 7 years ago

      Very useful tips indeed...

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      mycrowningglory 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I think I must be a new age hippy at heart cos Im always mad to hear about and try out natural potions and the like.

      One question,

      Will plain white vinegar also replace ACV. If so I can try this tomorrow!!

      Where odes one get this Biosilk conditioner. sounds nice.

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      Alex in Toronto, ON CA 7 years ago

      These are two good articles on this topic. Enjoy.

      Ditching shampoo a dirty little beauty secret

      An underground, eco-friendly hair trend finds followers and fights frizzies

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30337386/

      Can you wash your hair -- without washing it?

      http://doesitwork.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/04/03...

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      stacey 7 years ago

      i can't wait to try it!

      here are some stacey-tested tips:

      i have very frizz-prone hair and had tried biosilk in the past. it seemed to either not work or grease me up (no happy medium). after searching for years i finally found something in my kitchen that worked better than anything i had ever bought in a store...coconut oil! not too much of course, it IS oil. but the happy medium is much easier to find. nothing has ever been able to do this for my hair. and i will spread the word till the day i die. i just know there is someone out there like i was just searching endlessly for something to stop frizz.

      and also someone mentioned baking soda for deodorant. i don't know about that, but i use lavender essential oil. just a few drops works great! lavender is a natural antibacterial and after all, it's not the sweat that stinks, it's the bacteria that builds up in it. and just between us, internet, i actually have a condition called hyperhydrosis. it basically means i sweat a lot more than 99% of the world. so if anyone knows about stink prevention, it would be me =)

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      Karen Ellis 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I use a couple of tablespoons of baking soda mixed in a glass of water, as a rinse, after shampooing. I also use it to brush my teeth. It's way better than toothpaste.

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      Amber 7 years ago

      I am going to try this tonight:)

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      Kat 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I've just washed my hair with this baking soda mix, but with a different recipe, 2 tablespoons per cup of warm water. This seems a bit too watery to me, but this other recipe warned against using too much baking soda, it would make your hair brittle.

      How do you know what the right ratio is, and is too much baking soda harmful?

      I've also read that baking soda in itself can cause skin irritation ("Repeated or prolonged exposure may cause drying and cracking of the skin") and eye irritation, and respiratory tract irritation when inhaled...

      So how come this hair treatment is being promoted? I did feel some slight irritation when I was washing my hair, but maybe that's part of the transition/detox period?

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      prerita 7 years ago

      hey...wat if use of baking soda may harm l8r ..like whitening of hair very soon and hairfall..

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      Bea 7 years ago

      I am reading this because my step-mom (age in her early 70's) has started using baking soda for her hair wash. No more shampoo - ever. She has always (as long as I remember) had very thin, unruly hair. Now, her hair looks fuller and she says it is much easier to style. She loves it!

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      7 years ago

      i was curious as to what the "detox" meant. i used the baking soda the vinegar rinse last night, and im REALLY sick today (but my hair looks great!) so i figured i would ask.

      also, i was wondering if anyone had the rinse recipe.

      and just to verify, you rinse the baking soda out before the vinegar, right? otherwise you'd be a BUBBLY mess! :)

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      BeckyC 7 years ago

      I've been experimenting with the baking soda/cider vinegar method, and I've had a bit of trouble. My hair has ended up really oily--after a ton of reading, I would guess that this is because 1)my scalp is still over-producing oils, not realizing that it doesn't have to compensate for the oil-stripping shampoo and 2)I might need to use less vinegar. I've also had trouble with a lot of static and flyaway hair--any suggestions? It seems weird that it would be like this since it's so oily, but it's bad. By the way, I have fine, thin hair that is naturally curly/wavy and has a lot of body despite being thin.

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      EJ 7 years ago

      I've started using baking soda as a shampoo about 3 weeks ago and went cold turkey off commercial shampoo. I make it into a paste and use about 3 TBSP of baking soda (I have a lot of hair). After I get my hair wet, I use the baking soda paste to wash my hair - scrubbing into my scalp and hair, then I rinse well. However, it seems that my hair is not clean. When my hair is dry, it feels like there is residue in my hair and feels oily, even though it isn't visible. It also isn't soft or manageable. Actually, it's a bit unruly. Am I doing something wrong? I don't want to switch back to shampoo, so I still want to continue.

      I also sometimes "condition" with diluted apple cider vinegar, which smells awful, but does rinse out. I can tell my hair is only a little more manageable with the ACV.

      Any advice would be great.

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      kelsey 7 years ago

      i kno i love this mwthod what i do is just pur some baking soda in the palm of my hand and put shampoo on top of the baking soda and mix it in my palm with my finger and it cleans wonderfuly....what would wemon do with out thid lol

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      Haydee Anderson 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      I've been using conditioner every time i wash my hair because shampoo is too strong for my hair that it strips its natural oils. I think baking soda will work well to, I will definitely try it. thanks.

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      Dollhex 7 years ago from Texarkana

      Hmm great tip! I will give it a try...but my hair is either dry or oily.

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      Jill 7 years ago

      I've been using the baking soda/cider vinegar for about two weeks now. To see how it truly works I cut out all other hair products. I use about a tablespoon of each mixed with about a cup of water which I put into a squirt bottle. My first week I loved it, my hair was lighter and had more body than usual. Although I'm beginning to see the downsides. After the vinegar I just squeeze my hair out and blow dry it and once it dries there is no vinegar smell although as soon as it gets dampened whether it be some snow or light rain shower the vinegar smell comes back. I'm thinking about using lemon juice or coconut milk mixed with water and spraying onto my hair wet after a shower as an alternative conditioner. I've also heard that lemon juice mixed with water and spray on hair can act as a type of hairspray and hair lightener. I'm finding going natural is hard, unless you're going for the hippie thing, it's much more difficult to look and smell sexy

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      Hannah 7 years ago

      Heyy, thanks for this wonderful idea! im 14 so i suppose im going through that icky faze everyone else goes through at one stage. normaly my hair is oily 4-5 hours later its so anoying. i used this last night and ive gone to school all day and come home and my hair still looks great. i also did a vinegar rinse afterwards with 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. its got alot more volume. im completely converted and never using normal shampoo or conditioner again.. THANKS SO MUCHxoxxxoxox

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      Tabitha Blue 7 years ago

      Tried it this week and it worked great!! I'll be posting a link to this post in my blog on Friday! Just wanted to give you a heads up! :)

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      BK 7 years ago

      This sounds like a really simple and easy way to maintain our hair. With regard to the baking soda, is there any particular kind of baking soda that we need to use for this? Or we can basically use any kind of baking soda we can find?

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      Jenni Halsted 7 years ago

      Hi! I love curly hair but I have the straightest hair possible. Because of this my hair is always permed. How does the baking soda/vinegar method work with permed hair? Does it make a difference at all? Could it make it fall out sooner? I'd imagine it helps it stay healthier due to not damaging it as much as shampoo. Any one know?

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      LBR63 7 years ago

      I've been doing this for years. Once or twice a month to remove build up, rub baking soda (abt 1 Tbs) in wet hair then rinse and shampoo and condition as usual. Makes my fine hair so clean and bouncy! I swear by it, give it a try!!

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      Megan 7 years ago

      You really dont have to redo the solution every day if you make a batch to use for a week. If your gonna do this once a month or so then redo everytime. I make mine 1TBS Soda to 1 cup water in a squeeze not squirt bottle. Just put on the scalp, let it set on as long as I would normal shampoo and rinse. If you have heavy buildup put on your whole head, but you dont need to overdo the solution. Then I use 1 TBS Apple cider Vinegar and 1 cup warm water as my conditioner. I rinsed out an old leave in bottle and put the solution in there. After the baking soda shampoo I just spray on the ends and up, but not on the scalp, leave in like normal and rise. If your hair is really dry you can leave it on all night and rinse in the morning. My hair feels and looks so much more beautiful. It feels fuller and does not frizz anymore. Hope this was a good add to your article

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      ChrisT 7 years ago

      I'm so upset! I tried using baking soda in my hair and the result was disastrous. Rather than doing it with a bunch of water like yours, I mixed about a tablespoon in with my daily shampoo. I have very long, thick hair, and after using this on it, I lost 1/2 off my ponytail width. I could cry. All my hair got so fine I'm afraid I won't have long hair for much longer. And I only used the baking soda once!

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      kellie 7 years ago

      i have used baking soda for my hair and it is awesome. my hair is so much shinier and smooth.

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      Jess  7 years ago

      I would love to try it but I'm wondering I have thin hair

      and I relax my hair I have dead skin on my hair

      not to mention I have curlly hair originallly

      I was wondering is baking soda good for me ?

      Anyone????

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      Tendr 7 years ago

      I use baking soda for a facial scrub to get off the rough skin and it's also good for acne. I make a paste of it with water in my palm and then scrub my face, chest and neck with it. Rinse it off or it will be very drying. On acne it may burn but that's ok.

      I also use it in my bathwater to soften it. But it may make the tub slippery so be careful.

      I have used it in water to drink (one half teaspoon in a full glass of good water) for bladder burning and it soothes it and stops the pain.

      I wish I had invented it. lol

      and yes many times for toothpaste when i'm in a hurry.

      I will try it on my hair soon.

      I'm for anything that will make us more "green" and natural and away from nasty chemicals.

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      Rob 7 years ago

      I use baking soda for cleaning counters and walls. I use vinegar for cleaning the bathroom (spray bottle and about 15 minutes soaking). I am going to add my head into the repertoire.

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      Mexicanbutterfly 7 years ago

      Baking soda is also great for UTIs.

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      rosebud 6 years ago

      well I have read everyone's responses to the cider vinegar and baking soda saga. And it sounds like a good idare it is just getting thing's right and I suppose it depends on the type of hair you have also and the condition to start with. Someone who has health problems what kind of medication the food you eat the list is endless. But one thing I do know is that a lot of the shampoos and conditioners that is on the salves in our supermarkets don't suite everyone's needs and a lot of the times can be very harmful. Because of who we are individually

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      Heather Diane 6 years ago

      My hair is nearly waist-long and wavy, and I've been using the baking soda/vinegar for about four months now with GREAT results. I still shampoo about once every 3 or 4 weeks just because sometimes I miss the suds. :)

      I wash with Bob's Red Mill aluminum-free baking soda--mixed with just enough water to make it a runny paste--every 4-5 days. I scrub it into my scalp and comb it through, then rinse completely.

      I "condition" with mixture of about 1 cup of warm water to 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 10-15 drops of essential lavender oil to smooth my hair & kill the vinegar smell while my hair air dries. My hair looks & feels fantastic now!

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      Volleylife 6 years ago

      I have semi-perminantly dyed hair and can anyone tell me if this takes the color out?? I want it to last as long as possible. And what is the 'detox' period?? I want to try tomorrow but have to be up early and out all day for a volleyball tournament. Please help!!!!!!!

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      panda7 6 years ago

      I've been using baking soda on my hair for over a year. Here are a few tricks:

      Use the baking soda solution *before* getting your hair wet in the shower. That's the only way to be sure to get your hair thoroughly cleaned. Plus, you don't have to use as much baking soda (since the shower is not diluting it). I use 1 Tablespoon in 3 cups water, for long hair. After saturating the hair and scalp with the baking soda solution, rinse thoroughly. Hair should be squeaky clean.

      After washing, I like to add a touch of coconut oil on my scalp and hair, to replenish some of the oil that was washed away.

      There is a detox period, but it shouldn't make you sick. After a few weeks without the shampoo poisons, you may find yourself feeling better and happier. I know I did!

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      Tony Lawrence 6 years ago from SE MA

      I do this too and had just mentioned it in a hub I wrote today. I added a link to here so that people can see I am far from the only person who does this!

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      Michelle Scoggins 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      This is a great method. When I attended Cosmetology school this was a method we used before perming hair. Although I use it a little different and it seems much easier, I just take a scoop of baking soda and mix it with my shampoo, lather and rinse. I t comes out well because of the shampoo and your hair feels great. Again it is used by the professionals too and it's cheap.

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      Brittany 6 years ago

      You know, while I was washing my hair with the baking soda I was thinking, "this isn't going to work, it doesn't feel clean. This is just a shame." But after I towel dried my hair, I ran my fingers through it and was like "oh my God, this is clean, this is what clean hair should feel like." Thank you for all of your insights. I will definitely be repeating this every few weeks.

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      Donna 6 years ago

      I salt & pepper hair. Lots of "salt" around the front. I have let it grow a little longer than usual, and now need a bit of hair spray to hold it in place. I had used Rave for years, but when I tried to use it recently, it made my hair look rusty. Like I'd rubbed it on a rusty pipe. So, I tried Pantene, and it still effects the color, but not as drastically. It's more yellow now. Will the baking soda wash help e with this problem, and do you have any suggestion what kind of hair spray I can use that won't change my hair color? I have no color products on my hair. Haven't colored my hair for about 4 years. I do use Clariol Shimmer shampoo normally. Thanks.

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      melolimo 6 years ago

      my hair line is receding... and im so young... i will try the baking soda thing but what about the detox thing? I don't understand.

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      The Dame 6 years ago

      Ive started this, the first time I didn't rinse it out properly and my hair felt horrible, second time much better but I didn't get it everywhere because I was just scooping baking soda out of the tub with my wet hands and adding a bit of water, I think now Ill make a mixture and see if that works. Have ordered me some BioSilk because a friend of mine with amazing hair uses it :)

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      Glen 6 years ago

      Baking soda really can do some amazing things :-) My hair feels great

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      Mary 6 years ago

      Just tried this instead of shampoo for my last two washes to try and get rid of hard water buildup... all I can think is that this is how my hair should feel! I may cut out shampoo completely.

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      Joe 6 years ago

      I am a man and I wash my hair with baking soda everyday. I just mixed some in with my regular shampoo. Works great and my hair is always squeaky clean.

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      Laura 6 years ago

      I have very fine, very oily hair (seriously - who played that nasty little genetics trick on me?) I have always had to shampoo daily or I have limp, oily hair. Ick. It is a curse to have to shampoo, condition, blow dry, AND style EVERY SINGLE DAY. I did try several different kinds of dry shampoo, but they were too drying to my hair and actually wound up causing noticeable damage. Not what I was going for.

      I had tried baking soda washes a few years ago (with great results, BTW), but wound up reverting back to convential shampoo somewhere along the way. Why? So, I have been in the midst of this weird hair phase where breakage and thinning are plaguing me. In desperation, the thought to go back to baking soda hit me. That was a week ago. I do it a bit differently than some - I wet my hair completely, mix about two teaspoons in with a daily conditioner, and apply it to my hair. Give my scalp a gentle scrub, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse.

      My hair looked fantastic after just one baking soda wash. I've been doing it every day in place of shampooing, and the difference is remarkable. I might even be able to actually skip a day of washing (though I must confess, I've spent too many years to mention having to deal with washing every day. That will be a hard habit to break - but I'm hoping that it happens!) My hair is soft, manageable, BOUNCY, full of body, and I haven't had to use ONE frizz control product. Not one. It is nothing short of amazing. I've had absolutely no detox period. My guess is that the conditioner helps to dilute/distribute the baking soda just enough, while providing some conditioning and smoothing, to keep it all under control.

      I'd totally recommend this to a friend, but I'm not mentioning it unless I'm asked. People would think I'm nuts. :)

      Enjoy!

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      PissedAndSmelly 6 years ago

      hi, this does not work. FYI i did do this on my hair and it did not make a difference. i only got smellier by the second. any other ideas on how to get the green out?

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      Danielle 6 years ago

      Can I use baking soda AND Apple Cider Vinigar?

      I am trying to find a type of hair cleaner with both..thankiess!

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      Neece 6 years ago

      I love the BS and I use it once a week. I don't use biosilk but I do use Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti Humidity Smoothing Milk. It is about 3.50 at Walmart and I have shoulder length hair and all I use is about the size of a large pea each day after shampooing.I have no static, fly aways and it doesn't clump my ends. It has been a godsend for me as if I don't wash my hair daily it is a greasy mess.

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      alina 6 years ago

      its it all above true?

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      Mallory 6 years ago

      How does it work on your hair if your hairs colored?

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      sophie 5 years ago

      Hey I tried it on my hair and it sure made my hair healthier but it's been more than a week and its incredibly oily. I've been told that it's normal that my hair is releasing the oil from the use of shampoo but I want to know how much longer?

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      kim 5 years ago

      can i just mix some baking soda into my shampoo????

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      Aysha 5 years ago

      Omg.....I was sceptical at first, but I can't believe the results! I have really thin hair and after using the bs mix,my hair feels so much shinnier and full of body...iv not had hair like this for ages!!!why did I find out about this now??!!!such a shame,I could have had lovely hair for ages!!!

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      Jleung 5 years ago

      Be careful not to be ran soda powder liquid into eyes, it hurt me two months ago. Be sure clean with large amount of water.

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      Haley 5 years ago

      Wonderful! Just tried it and my hair looks amazing. I didn't read the tutorial all the way thru before using - it was gritty and I became nervous but just decided I'd rinse it more... Fantastic! Use my biosilk after. I'm in love and hooked! My hair is crazy frizzy thick curly mess and tonight, it has finally been tamed! Thanks so much idk how much money I've spent on all my products over the years. Btw.. I live in Galveston TX and its withstanding this TX heat and humidity!!

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      Shortyboo 5 years ago

      Worked great. Hair feels so awesome :)

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      Chris 5 years ago

      I have been doing this for quite some time, although, my technique is a little different. I use a tsp. of baking soda to about 4tsp of water and a dab of my shampoo (mainly for smell)and shake in my container.

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      Debra 5 years ago

      I have yellowing in my silver gray hair...will be trying this method to get some of the old shine back.

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      ladyeagle_cdc 5 years ago from San Juan City, Philippines

      indeed a very helpful & informative hub! Gobless :)

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      Bronson88 5 years ago

      I use a Different mix i mix 2 tbs to 16 oz of water in a spray bottle using a funnel and only spray a little in my hair i find that if i spray to much it drys my hair out so i do a spray around my head twice and scrub my scalp only then i wash it all out then i use the apple cider vinegar as a conditioner with the same mix 2 tbs to 16 oz of water in a spray bottle i spray just the hair and let it sit for a few mins while i wash the rest of me then i rinse it out and that mix last me over a month but i wash my hiary every other day and condition my hary every day for about two week my hair was really oily since my hair is use to getting it striped out my reg shampoo and my hair is shiny and look heatler then ever and it doesn't frizz

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      jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      That's kinda interesting and very useful hub.

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      Neha 5 years ago

      Can i use dis for rebonded hair?

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      Beckstarr 5 years ago

      Hi there, I've heard about baking soda and how it's supposed to be good for the hair, and I did try it once a few years ago. I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try and I have no idea what happened, I guess HALF A CUP of baking soda is definitely way too much, and now my hair is pretty much ruined. Dried it right out, stripped everything from my hair. Needless to say, I'm incredibly irritated and just thought other people may want to know that it's possible for this to happen to them, too. My hair is bleach blonde and therefore very porous, but it was healthy and bouncy before I tried this. Now it's stiff, brittle and a tangled mess. I'm not sure why this had to happen to me, it seems to be working for everyone else. Using a teaspoon or two would make more sense than half a cup.

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      anny 5 years ago

      don't do it, it will fry your hair!! 1/2 cup of baking soda is too much for the hair shaft to take. I tried this and my once healthy hair is now completely fried.

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      Sherry 5 years ago

      I did this today for the first time. My hair looks great!

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      unknown 5 years ago

      i wish that you had said how the baking soda really helped the hair. chemically, but thanks for the advice!

      it really works! :)

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      Tracy 5 years ago

      When I was in Cosmotology school in 1989 we used to do "silk rinses" on the little old ladies that would come in for a set and style. The silk rinse was simply baking soda and water. I don't know the ratio of mixture because they were pre-made by the school in reusable capped bottles, but it was a thin white liquid that we would saturate the hair with after a wash and head massage.

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      Fara 5 years ago

      Does it work on all gray hair?

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      Alyssa 5 years ago

      Thank you.. I have a sticky feeling in my hair..thinking its just from leaving hair dye in my hair for longer than supposed too.hope this works

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Very interesting. Worth a try. THANKS FOR sharing.

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