Baking Soda for Hair, is It Really Good?

As you know, there are a lot of natural DIY recipes of hair care treatments that can be made using only your kitchen supplies. Baking soda for hair is one of those. You will be surprised to know how useful it can be for your hair health and beauty. Follow our recommendations and precautions to ensure only positive effect without unwanted consequences.

pH Balance

soda hair spplicationMore precise name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which represents its chemical formula. It’s commonly applied as a standalone shampoo and an ingredient in hair shampoo or hair conditioner. Some people witness that they succeeded to straighten their curls a bit with that one.

One of a few very important effects of baking soda (being a simple inorganic chemical) is pH balancing. pH generally ranges from acid to alkaline/base (0 to 14). Fresh water is on the middle of the scale. There are liquids with pH balance towards acid side (, like lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar.

Wet human hair has pH of 4-6, being a little bit shifted towards acid, in contrast to their regular dry state (neutral). When you plan hair treatment procedures, you always need to think about good resulting hair pH balance. The pH of every treatment complex should be of same acidity as hair’s healthy range.

soda hair conditioningPlease note that shower water that you use to rinse your hair also moves the balance towards alkaline a bit. Manufacturers of hair care products look after pH, and use additional chemical substances to achieve the necessary range.

An important fact if that outer surface of hair is called cuticle. Its state is responsible for hair ability to with stand environmental and styling damage and also – hairs beauty and shine. When your hair’s pH balance shifts towards acid, cuticle closes and stays an even surface, making hair strong and shiny.

Baking Soda’s Effect on pH

sodaSo, if we are after soda application for hair, we need to know how it influences pH balance of your hair.

When you’re doing hair wash and conditioning, you want your hair cuticle to open first. that is necessary to let the nutrients and moisture in. But please note that while they are open, moisture can quickly evaporate. Alkaline pH opens cuticle and acid – closes them.treatment will take long time, you risk overusing it, allowing an excessive amount of moisture in. Without final pH balancing towards acidity you risk to leave your hair unprotected and prone to dry out quickly.

Finding the Right Balance

hair washingYou probably know how gritty baking soda is. It’s abrasive material, which is why it’s usually applied to scrub dirt from kitchen apps.

The ability to absorb is one more advantage that is being used for clearing purposes. For that property it can be applied as a dry shampoo when your hair is not curly. If your hair is oily or there is any build-up, baking soda is great at cleansing those.

Baking soda’s Hair Benefits

You need to carefully limit the treatment periods when you’re applying the baking soda as a shampoo/conditioner, or as an ingredient to those. It is necessary because soda is very effective at cleansing but the effectiveness has a side effect of dis-balancing pH level, leaving hair cuticle open and prone to dryness and damage.

It is a good idea to do a testing application on a small area of treatment to ding out whether such treatment is good for your or no. If during 24 hours you don’t notice unwanted reactions, you’re safe to apply it during a limited period. After which you’ll need to take a break and return to your usual hair care procedures.

Baking Soda’s Effects:

Removes Stinky and Greasy Hair Effect

hair conditioningIt’s not a very pleasing when one’s hair is stinky. Usually natural hair oil stinks when it’s aging. If one’s scalp is producing a lot of it, and the oil builds up on the scalp and hair surface, it plainly and unpleasantly smells. Besides that, it blocks the penetration of necessary nutrients and moisture from outside. A greasy build-up tends to accumulate even more build-up by attaching environmental particles.

Baking soda is very effective at dealing with this issue. it easily removes unnecessary old accumulated oily residues off human hair, cleanses it and neutralizes the smell. It additionally moves pH balance towards base side, making hair cuticle open and accept the moisture.

Several recipes:

  • Take 1/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup of water. Mix it well, and apply to your wet hair. Take only 5 minutes to leave it in. After that rinse it with cool water or cool apple cider vinegar. This can be done one every two weeks.
  • If you want to use soda only as an ingredient to your regular shampoo, just add 1 spoon to it. don’t make such an addition more often than twice a month.
  • One more way of application is as a dry shampoo. Pour some little amount of dry soda to your dry hair, near hair roots. Then massage your hair a little, keeping them dry. Then comb your hair with a wooden wide comb, and remove all the soda. You’ll be delighted with the beautiful effect.

Dandruff Treatment

hair before afterDespite the fact of simple structure of dandruff, it is a very hard problem to deal with. Winter season is even more problematic for this task. But, successful treatment can be done, of course. Follow proper description and guideline for that.

Flaky scalp, that is essentially dead skin cells, can be easily treated with baking soda. Soda’s cleansing properties contribute to fast and effective flakes removal. Shifting pH balance towards base side helps to open pores and absorb more nutrients and moisture to revitalize the scalp and reduce the risk of dandruff reappearance.

The recipe. Make your hair wet. You can do that after shampooing, after you soaked most of the water with bath towel. Take 1 spoon of baking soda and massage it into your scalp and hair near the roots. Take only 1 minute to let it work, and then immediately rinse off with cool water or vinegar solution. This treatment can be carried out weekly.

Another recipe for that. Obtain a raw lemon juice by squeezing. Add 1 spoon of soda into it, and mix well. Leave it in for a couple of minutes, and rinse off with cool water. This can also be done weekly.

Reduce Scalp Itchiness

baking soda for hairScalp itchiness leads to a lot of issues, like unhealthy and slow thin hair growth, irritation and discomfort. Baking soda can help you in dealing with that. Due to its soothing properties, you will get rid of swelling, inflammation, scalp irritation.

The recipe. When you locate the areas of discomfort, take 1/4 cup of soda and 3/4 cup of water. mix it well and apply to the problematic area. Wait for several minutes, and then rinse it off with cool water or acid rinse. You can carry that procedure out every day, but see to it to stop once the problem is gone.

Remember that you don’t have to do this recipe if your scalp is severely damaged and the irritation is huge.

Natural Hair Care with baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar

People with curly hair often have problems with some frizz. Usual hair shampoos and conditioners cause them only new problems, making hair unmanageable. On the other hand, people with straight hair have problems with the effect of usual commercial shampoos that leaves their hair heavy. You can also consider chemicals threat in usual commercial hair care products – all those high cancer risk substances, DEHP, sulphates and so on.

There is a simple treatment recipe for all those problems using cheap and readily available remedies – apple cider vinegar and baking soda.

The Essence

baking sodaThe purpose of hair washing is to remove old hair oil, residues and obsolete build-up, at the same time maintaining softness, shine and strength of your hair. Here’s how soda and vinegar serve you in this.

Baking Soda Effect

Cleansing and abrasive properties of baking soda let you easily break up all unwanted residues on your scalp and hair, and absorb those into soda’s particles. Thus soda will remove all the dirt and old greasy build-up, and will provide great purity to your hair.

You need to remember that using only soda during a single hair treatment procedure will because you harm. That is because soda will move your hair pH balance to alkaline, leaving pores and most importantly – hair cuticle open. Hair loses a lot of moisture this way. Additionally, you leave “doors” open for harmful chemicals that will come from environment. Thus, hair becomes brittle, dull, weak, thin, and hair loss increases.

The solution for that is to use apple cider vinegar after soda as a hair rinse. This way you normalize the pH balance and secure scalp pores and hair cuticle.

Tip: Avoid treating hair ends with soda. There is nothing to cleanse there, and you definitely don’t need to open/close cuticle of those parts, to spare them as the oldest hair part.

Apple Cider Vinegar Effect

This one is idea as a finish rinse after baking soda hair treatment. It neutralizes pH moved to alkaline with the soda application, getting your hair back to normal acidity level. Additionally, it comes with antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties, to soothe and heal the scalp. Thus, it will provide extra stage of dandruff treatment. It also will seal the hair cuticle, leaving all absorbed moisture securely locked in.

The Proper Baking Soda Application On Hair

There can be several methods to using baking soda to treat your hair. See below that most effective one:

You need to mix soda with fresh water. In order to store it and easily mix by shaking, it’s better to use old bottle from a shampoo.

Different people witness different percentage of these two components. It’s better to stick to average amount. It’s like 6-7 spoons per half a liter of water.

Take that bottle with you to the shower. When you’re done with showering of your body, shake the mixture in the bottle once more. Pour it to your scalp. Massage it gently into your scalp, hair roots and hair near the scalp. Try not to expose hair ends to the soda mixture. Wait for 1-2 minutes for soda to work on your scalp. Then shower it off. Try to do that with cool shower water.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Conditioning

You need to dilute the vinegar in the water by adding 3 parts of water to 1 part of apple cider vinegar. It’s better to fill a spray bottle with it.

In the shower, after you washed away all the baking soda off your hair, start spraying your hair with vinegar-water solution.

For better effect, you can separate your hair into several sections, and spray the ACV on each one by one. When you spray it, help the product to spread over your hair by massaging your hair with the other hand.

You only need 2-4 minutes for the solution to stay on your hair. After that you can continue rinsing your hair with cool or warm shower. Don’t worry about ACV’s smell. It will evaporate completely when your hair naturally dries. If you want to guarantee a pleasant smell, use some essential oil as a finish treatment, or add it into apple cider vinegar solution when you condition your hair with it.

The Effect

You may feel and suspect that you didn’t cleanse your hair well with the use of these natural hair remedies. Don’t worry, because that is usual. When you have done all the steps, just get out of the shower not matter what. When your hair dries – you’ll be surprised how silky, soft, shiny and frizz-free they got.

You can even use your regular styling techniques after such treatment, if you still feel that you need styling. This treatment forms an acid film on hair surface that provides additional protection from heat. However, make sure that you use lowest possible but still effective temperature in your heat styling tools.

Tip: Normal frequency for this hair care procedure is every second day. When you notice that you got the desired result or better – make a pause or lower the frequency to once every two weeks. This way you will be sure that you’re on the safe side not to overuse baking soda for hair.

June 25, 2016  

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