Baking soda is probably one of the oldest known natural hair wash alternatives. How to be healthy with your hair care is about more than what you use. It is also about what you use it with, how you use it and the frequency you use it.
What It Really Takes To Move To Natural Hair Care Methods.
When deciding to transition to natural hair wash methods choosing the best method for your hair can be quite daunting. Understanding how to identify if your hair needs moisture or protein and what porosity hair you have is like entering a whole new world!
Before you opt to move to natural hair wash methods make sure you understand what you are in for. It's an incredibly rewarding process in the end but it is an investment of time and requires trial and error. All you need to know is in our Blog and Natural Recipes. To help you through this conundrum we explain what it's really like to use natural organic products on your hair and why it's important. We also go into depth about our experience with a natural hair lifestyle, divulging plenty of useful tips and tricks. You are in good hands.
How To Be Healthy With Baking Soda As Your Hair Care Routine
To call this strictly a baking soda wash is incorrect. It is a baking soda wash with apple cider vinegar rinse. The two ingredients need to be used together to balance the harsh PH of the baking soda.
This is the most popular method of natural hair washing and is very easy to do. The vinegar adds moisture and is a great conditioner on its own if you have dry hair. We recommend this wash method as a starting point for most people or a booster wash once in a while for those further along in their natural hair journey.
How To Make Baking Soda Wash With Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 250ml warm water.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 250ml warm water.
- Pour the baking soda solution over hair and wash as normal. Rinse off with water.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar solution over your clean hair and leave on your hair for a few minutes.
- Rinse off with water.
- Leave your hair to air dry naturally if possible.
How to Have Healthy Hair Using This Method:
- This method is good for oily hair and removes sebum (natural hair-moisturizing oils produced by your body). The baking soda is also a good clarifying method so is great at the beginning of your transition to natural hair care methods, since it helps to remove buildup from commercial shampoos. The vinegar solution also makes a great conditioner for dry hair when combined with any other method.
- The baking soda and vinegar method tends to work really well in the beginning. By ‘well’ I mean it will probably give you the best hair of your life! However, used continuously, the effect will dimish on most hair types. You will need to alternate it with other washes.
- During the transition period, when your hair is still coated with silicone buildup, the baking soda will not lather when you wash your hair. Do not add more baking soda, your hair is still being cleaned. As the silicone build-up reduces the solution will create a bit of lather.
- The baking soda is very alkaline. The vinegar is acid and restores the PH balance, ultimately re-moisturising your hair. Don’t use baking soda just on its own – you will end up with very dry hair.
- Over time we recommend you reduce your quantity of baking soda in the water. You should not use this method more frequently than every 4 – 5 days.
Personal Experience Log
Like most people, I started with the baking soda wash method when I first moved to natural hair wash alternatives. It worked incredibly! It was certainly an absolute game changer in my ability to transition from commercial shampoos to natural products. As a clarifying shampoo, it tends to work best when there is build up to clarify which is most common in the beginning. If I have been stretching washes while away for a few weeks a baking soda wash upon my return usually works amazingly well. Everybody’s hair is different and it takes a few attempts to find what works for you.