Friday, March 30, 2012

Spotlight on Baking Soda #13: Safe for Hair? BGLH Reports

Seems like people are over shampooing these days. A couple of my friends have mentioned that they use baking soda as an alternative. My favorite natural hair care blog, Black Girl Long Hair, offers an examination of the pros and cons of using baking soda to clean hair.
Famous No Poo'er, Richard Glover

Do you include baking soda in your hair care ritual? I don't. I'm kinda hooked on Beautiful Curls and the benefits of baking soda don't seem to be overwhelming in comparison to sulfate-free natural products, but I'm curious to read about your experiences.

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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  1. Yes, for me it is an alternative to the usual routine. I do every once in a while when I run out of the shampoo bar that I use (from meow meow tweet). It also removes buildup from styling products, leaving my hair shinier than ever (here's a pic:

    I always mix it with vinegar and maybe some botanical extracts, like clove. One thing I have noticed is that I have to put a much higher ratio of vinegar in it, or the baking soda will not dissolve or rinse out of my hair completely, resulting in white residue- not pretty.

    I too have curly hair, and it is usually dry. So anything shampoo/detergent-free always piques my interest. I have also learned, over the years, that with curly hair I don't have to wash it as often as people with straight hair.

    1. Wow! Your hair looks GREAT in the photo. Thanks for sharing your post too!

      I agree about not having to wash curly hair as often. I find that my hair looks best after one week of me doing absolutely nothing to it.

      I've just added apple cider vinegar to my routine. Every other time I "wash" my hair, I'll use that instead of shampoo. But if you're mixing baking soda with ACV before applying it to your hair, that neutralizes them both.

      I kinda want to experiment with making my own dry shampoo. I think if you use aluminum free baking soda like Bob's Red Mill you'd be in the clear. I am totally not speaking from experience though.



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