You know how much of a hassle it can be to get your hair just perfect. It seems like it is an endless search for the right products and treatments to keep your hair in tip top shape. So if you have been struggling with having too dry, oily or flat hair, what are some other options that you can look into for keeping your hair full-bodied and healthy?
Did you know that using baking soda as a shampoo substitute is a really great way to clean your hair? Shampoo and conditioner are effective ways to wash your hair too; the only problem is that a lot of these hair products typically use chemicals that are actually unhealthy for your hair.
That’s why many people tend to see better hair health and overall hair quality when using baking soda instead of soaps and shampoos. Of course, shampoos smell great when you are comparing it to starchy baking soda, but just the presence of a scent can mean shampoos potentially have thousands of chemicals that may be harmful to your hair.
Something else you may have noticed about shampoos is that they elicit your hair to produce more natural oils. The reason why your scalp responds like this is because shampoos tend to remove the natural oils from your hair and dry up your scalp.
By using a baking soda solution, you don’t get the same oily result as when you are cleaning your hair with chemical-laden shampoos. Like with shampoo, there’s no need to wash your hair every day. For the best results we recommend washing your hair every 2-3 days.
Also, you want to make sure that you are rinsing your hair with a vinegar solution after washing with baking soda. Let’s give you a snapshot of how you can start cleaning your hair naturally.
How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Your Hair
Using a baking soda solution to wash your hair is one of the most low-maintenance DIY methods that you can find online. Here’s how you can start:
– Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda with six to nine tablespoons of water. Keeping your baking soda to water ratio at 1:3 is ideal.
– Now that you have a mixture, you just need a way to hold it and dispense it. Get a basic squeeze bottle from either your grocery store, or a hardware store.
– Squeeze the baking soda and water solution from the bottle, into your dry or wet hair, starting at the root.
– Start massaging the baking soda solution from your roots, out to the ends of your hair and make sure that you don’t miss a spot.
– Let the homemade shampoo sit in your hair for one to three minutes.
– After letting it set, rinse it out with warm water
– After your hair is completely rinsed off, make sure that you rinse your hair with a vinegar solution.
What’s in the Vinegar Solution?
The biggest key to rinsing your hair out with vinegar is that you want to get all of the natural cleaning benefits of the vinegar, without any of the pungent smell. Take one part vinegar and four parts water and add them both, in that ratio, to another squeeze bottle. You will probably want to use a white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, adding a few drops of one of your favorite essential oils, so that your hair doesn’t smell like pure vinegar.
Close your eyes so that you don’t get the vinegar or baking soda in your eyes, and rinse your hair thoroughly with the vinegar and water. After you let the vinegar solution sit in your hair for a few seconds and you have made sure to rinse every inch of your hair, rinse with cold water.
The cool water will make sure that your hair locks in all of the moisture that it can, and it will make your hair look shinier for the rest of the day. Using cool water will also make sure that you eliminate the static in your hair, which can normally be a byproduct of rinsing with warm water.
Congratulations! You now have a totally natural way to wash your hair. The chemicals in your shampoos and conditioners could be holding your hair back, causing your scalp to dry out and your hair to fall flat. By simply using baking soda and water, you will be able to preserve the natural oils and moisture in your hair, and potentially give your hair the healthy, full-bodied look that you have been wanting.