Sodium bicarbonate, also called baking soda, is an inexpensive and easy way to clarify your hair. It works because the compound is great for removing acidic impurities, thus giving it’s extensive list of known uses. The slightly abrasive particles and mild alkaline nature make baking soda the best option for shampooing. Together, these components will break up any dirt collected on the scalp and eliminate any grease accumulated from the secretions of sebaceous glands.
Baking soda shampoo is extremely effective in leaving your hair and scalp clean. Because it is not known as a common irritant, it appears to be safe to use for most people as well as various hair types and textures.
However, because this shampoo is a clarifying shampoo it should be used sparingly and should not be rubbed down or into the hair shaft. Baking soda shampoo is effective with removing dirt, oil and product build up and should not be used as a moisturizing shampoo.
If there is a need to clarify the shaft of the hair from extreme build up due to the use of styling products, you should comb the shampoo through the hair and let it sit for about a minute and then rinse. This technique should be used sparingly because the intense cleansing power of baking shampoo can cause some dryness to the hair shaft if used too often or vigorously.
Baking Soda Shampoo Recipe
- A bottle with a top
- Baking Soda
1.Mix 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water (leave a small amount of room at the top so that you can shake the mixture to mix).
2.Wet your hair thoroughly.
3.Shake mixture to mix evenly
4.Pour/squeeze onto scalp
5.Gently massage into your entire scalp
6.Let the mixture sit for 1-3 minutes
7.If needed, comb mixture through to the ends of hair
8.Rise thoroughly with warm water
You will not get the foamy bubbly action that you are used to getting with regular shampoo. But don’t worry; it’s still doing the trick.
If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t use water on your head temporarily, but you need to cleanse your hair, you can also us baking soda as a dry shampoo. Just put a little on your scalp, comb through to the ends of your hair and then fluff your hair with a blow dryer.