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How to Add Volume to Your Hair Naturally

Updated on February 13, 2012

A Simple Substitution Can Make a World of a Difference

Like many women, you probably care a lot about your health, the health of your loved ones, and the health of the environment. You also want to look good and feel good about yourself. There are many small actions you can take and simple substitutions you can make every day to improve the health of yourself, others and the planet. Who knew that adding volume to your hair could contribute the the health of the planet? It's a small thing, but many small changes can lead to big changes as they say.

Baking soda is well known ingredient used in cooking. It is used by many people as a natural household cleaner and whitener for teeth and dentures. It is also the ingredient that can replace other volumizing hair products and will add volume and life to your hair, especially when you have noticed that it has been looking flat, lifeless and dull.

Baking soda is a simple, non-toxic and inexpensive ingredient that will clarify and add volume to your hair. It does so by removing build up from shampoo, conditioner and other hair products as well as the buildup of natural oils on the hair shaft. Unlike other hair products, it also rinses cleanly leaving no product buildup behind. As a bonus, baking soda also soothes minor skin irritations. If you sometimes have an itchy scalp, possibly due to dry skin or chemicals in other hair products, this could help relieve the irritation.

How To Use Baking Soda on Your Hair

This is very simple. In the shower, after you've gotten your hair soaking wet, add two teaspoons of baking soda to your favorite eco-friendly shampoo in the palm of your hand. Add a little water and massage into hair and scalp. Allow the treatment to sit for a couple of minutes. You may want to add more baking soda for very long hair. Usually equal parts of shampoo and baking soda works well. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

After you've rinsed, you will notice that your hair feels very literally squeaky clean. It will likely be tangled, especially if your hair is dry, lightened or colored. Use a light conditioner and wide tooth comb to detangle hair while wet and rinse well. Consider giving your hair a final rinse with cool or cold water. This will seal the hair shaft and make your hair appear smoother and shinier.

You can now dry and style your hair as usual with or without product. You will notice that your hair looks and feels bouncier and livelier, and brighter or shinier too. Using this treatment once a week is all you will need to clarify and add body to your hair. Congratulations! You look great and avoided purchasing, applying and washing with numerous ingredients, some of them not at all healthy and many of them unnecessary for yourself or the planet.

Tip: To detangle hair, use a wide tooth comb and begin from the bottom working your way upward using short strokes. This will help minimize breakage and discomfort.



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      DandelionPicker 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Food grade baking soda is also used for household cleaning and personal hygiene. I don't know about a separate cleaning grade soda, but the food grade soda is effective. I would be cautious in using this too frequently as it can be very drying if you do. And, although I haven't found any information one way or the other, I suspect that because of it's abrasive quality, the baking soda could slightly fade hair color if you use colorants.

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      emma 4 years ago

      is baking soda food grade or the one you use for cleaning...does it matter?

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Very interesting, never heard of this!