Can I wash hair with baking soda?

Do you know that you can use baking soda not only for cleaning the dishes but also for washing your hair? It may sound weird but it’s a fact: baking soda can substitute your favorite expensive shampoo.

baking soda shampoo

Although baking soda has abrasive properties, there are a lot of positive reviews about its efficiency. After you wash your hair with baking soda, your hair becomes clean, shiny and soft. It stays neat and pretty much longer than after a usual shampoo, as well. Sounds very tempting, doesn't it? Well, you should weigh all the "pros and cons" of the use of baking soda in order to understand whether it’s beneficial or harmful.

Useful properties

If you want to understand why washing hair using baking soda is not harmful and has only benefits, it is enough to recall its chemical formula. It is simple and, nevertheless, each component in its composition affects the health of the scalp and strands in a certain way. As you can remember from school chemistry course, baking soda is sodium bicarbonate — NaHCO3. All these chemical elements affect the health of the scalp and hair positively.

  • From the ancient times, carbon (the component of HCO3) was considered one of the most effective beauticians, and modern science confirms the observations of our ancestors. First, it makes subcutaneous sebaceous glands work more, which helps to ret rid of the shine in the roots of the hair when it becomes dirty. Secondly, if it gets deep into the pores, coal "pulls out” the contamination of various kinds. Third, while cleansing the pores from unnecessary garbage, soda heals inflammations, so it is quite effective in combating irritation and itching of the scalp, which often happen if you have seborrhea or dandruff.
  • Sodium enhances the penetration ability of coal, which explains such high efficiency of washing your hair with baking soda. This chemical element helps the coal to get into the most hidden corners of the cells and pores.
  •  Soda is an alkali, which is able to dissolve sebum and dirt on his head.

wash hair with baking soda

So that's the reason why the hair is nice and clean after baking soda: deep penetration + effective cleansing of dirt and excess fat. No synthetic substances created in labs, no harmful elements in the composition of baking soda. However, there still are some cons. The thing is that under certain circumstances baking soda can still cause hair damage.

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Many ladies who try shampooing with baking soda for the first time are afraid to burn the scalp. They know the alarming fact is that sodium and coal penetrate deeply and worry about the skin and hair dehydration. Such suspicions are not ungrounded – shampooing with baking soda has a number of contraindications:

  • The presence of scratches and other damage to the scalp
  • Too dry, brittle and split hair
  • Hair after chemical curling
  • Dyed hair
  • Diseases of the skin
  • Individual intolerance
  • Problems with subcutaneous blood circulation

Don’t ignore the presence of contraindications. If you do, you will see the unpleasant result after washing your hair with baking soda. The hair will become too dry, and the diseases of the skin will get worse.

That is why many women think that using baking soda as shampoo is harmful. Well, it isn’t harmful at all if you are aware of all the contraindications and nuances of washing hair with baking soda.

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Application rules

Before moving on to the process itself, you need to carefully study the sequence of actions and to measure the correct dosages of the ingredients.

Tips on washing hair with baking soda:

  • In order to avoid side effects check the expiration date of the product. It needs to be fresh.
  • You can use boiling, hot, warm, or cold water, the temperature doesn’t matter. If a recipe has extra liquid ingredients (e.g. oil), mix them with baking soda first,, and then add water.
  • For the first application, it is recommended to use 100 grams of baking soda powder for 2 liters of water. You should wash your hair in the solution for 3-4 minutes.
  • If all goes well and no unforeseen situations happens, the amount of powder you can slightly increase.
  • Remember: it's the recipe for washing your hair and not rinsing. So don't forget to massage the scalp: in the end, the caustic soda will react with the subcutaneous fat that has accumulated on your hair, and will form some foam. As soon as you feel it, it means you’re your hair is washed and you can rinse it.
  • To give hair the shine and luster you need to rinse them with a solution of vinegar – 100 ml per 1 l of water.
  • There’s no recommendations on the frequency of using such a unique recipe. The procedure should be repeated every time you feel that the hair is getting dirty. Given the excellent cleaning abilities of baking soda, this occurs no more often than once in a week. Washing the hair with baking soda is a great option for those who are already tired of washing their hair too often.

So, this is the classic variant of washing the hair with baking soda but there are other variations with additional ingredients.

baking soda shampoo

Popular recipes

According to some recipes, you can mix baking soda with certain ingredients that either increase or soften its effect on the scalp. In any case, the result will justify all your hopes and aspirations.

  • With honey
    Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda powder with 2 tea spoons of natural, preferably liquid honey. Gradually, pour this mixture into the warm water and stir it to a mushy consistency. Apply the received mass and wash your hair with it. Them, wash it off with vinegar.
  • With oatmeal
    Oatmeal has great cleansing properties, so soda and oatmeal shampoo is be twice as useful and effective. Rub the baking soda powder and oats, milled into flour and mixed in equal quantities, into the scalp and add some massaging movements, then wash it all off.
  • With sea salt

honey and soda

This recipe is more like a scrub for the scalp, but it also frees the hair from the greases and dirt better than any shampoo. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of sea salt. Rub the mixture into the scalp and rinse it off. Recommended for oily hair types.

Now you know that to wash your hair, you can use not only shampoo from the beauty stores. There are more natural, effective and even cheaper ways like baking soda, which is available in the kitchen of every housewife. The main thing is to choose a suitable recipe and then washing hair with baking soda will bring only benefits without any harm and dangerous consequences! Try, experiment, and search for your one and only recipe and enjoy the result.

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