Baking Soda and Vinegar for Hair
This article will teach you how you can:
1) Replace your shampoo with baking soda,
2) Replace your conditioner with vinegar.
Why would anyone sane do these things with baking soda and vinegar?
It is a valid question, and here we present several arguments which support more healthy lifestyle without harming the bacon:
- Baking soda is economical, and toxic-free.
- Shampoos are not so cheap, and they are stuffed with various jolly chemicals of all sorts and colors. Remember that the skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it is very porous, which mean that all this chemical junk can relatively easily enter our bloodstream through it.
- Shampoos strips healthy oils /natural moisture that human bodies are producing. These oils protect the hair, keeping it strong and soft at the same time.
- Mineral oil: most shampoos contain them, altough many of them are concealed behind a zillion of different alternative names. Mineral oils are not absorbed through the skin, but they are forming a barrier on your skin, preventing toxins and other oils from being released from your body, which should indeed be done as a part of a normal skin lifecycle. The funny thing about mineral oils is that they are a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil, and even funnier thing is that it costs more to dispose that junk properly then it does to package it nicely and to sell it to unsuspecting shoppers. What it does to hair is to thickly coat the strands, giving hair an artificial shine. Since it deposits itself on the skin, more shampoo is needed to remove it. Thus, more shampoo you use, the more you need. Very capitalistic, very thoughtful.
- Charming chemicals sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate: they are acting as foaming agents in numerous products. They are also badass skin and eye irritants.
- Fragrance: Another charming cocktail of numerous largely under-tested chemicals. Companies can actually hide the chemical composition under the guise of “proprietary information.” Delightful!
- People report that, when they are completely no ‘poo, they have to wash their hair much less, thus saving money, energy(heat), water.
FUNNY FACT: People who have replaced the shampoo/conditioner with baking soda/vinegar often call this method the “no ‘poo” (“no shampoo”) method.
Washing hair with baking soda instructions
- Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup (0,2 l) water.
TIP: You can use the old shampoo bottle.
- Enter (Sandman) the bathtub.
- Release the water. Soak the hair with the same water.
- Apply the soda mixture to your hair, massaging the scalp.
- Keep massaging for a few minutes.
- Let it sit for a minute.
- Rinse the hair.
- Step out of the bathtub.
- Go to youtube and listen to Enter Sandman.
The precise baking soda/water ratio is a matter of several personal factors; you should experiment and use the one that best suits your hair. Mixture should be liquid, and not feel gritty.
Usually those with thick, long, curly hair require more baking soda, and vice versa. If your hair becomes hard, dry, feels brittle, there is probably too much soda in the mixture.
The Shampoo Booster MethodIf you only want to try out the effects of soda without changing your ‘poo lifestyle, you can do the “shampoo booster method” (don’t google it, I’ve just came up with the expression):
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your favorite shampoo which is in your hand ready for use.
- Wash your hair with the mixture.
- Let it sit for a minute.
- Rinse out.
This method can be used once a month to remove the buildup of chemicals from various hair products, and to clarify/cleanse the hair.
Baking Soda as the Dry ShampooOh, one more thing that people do – using baking soda as a dry shampoo: sprinkle 2 tablespoons to your hair, and brush it with brush or comb. It will help remove sebum, the oily substance the skin secretes to keep skin and hair moisturized.
No ‘poo risks, dangers, reported cataclysms
- The ABRASIVE nature of baking soda could be harsh on hair if used in vast amounts too frequently. Make sure to dilute the baking soda with enough water.
- The ALKALI nature of baking soda could cause the hair to absorb too much water, making it weaker. High pH solutions open up hair cuticles (the outermost hair layers), making the hair highly absorbent and exposing it to damage. Fortunatelly, cuticles can be closed with a low pH solutions – like with apple cider vinegar, which would normalize the pH of the hair. Sounds smart and simple enough at the same time – perfect. Read on to learn how to use vinegar.
- Transition period (if you have chosen to completely throw all the families of shampoos and conditioners from your life out): this could take from a few weeks to few months, depending on several personal factors. What happens in this period is this: your head/hair was used to produce an extra oil quantities to compensate for all the shampooing that would take those oils away. Now your head/hair has to figure out that there is no need to compensate for the loss of oils anymore, because you don’t use shampoos anymore that would remove those oils. People report that this period is actually “no big deal”.
Apple Cider Vinegar as the Hair Conditioner
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermenting apples. It is easily available and cheap, which makes it another frugal solution. The pH of the undiluted apple cider vinegar is about 4-5. Thus, it is mildly acidic, making it a good counterpart to alkaline soda. As mentioned before, it can seal hair cuticles, detangle the hair folicles, and balance the hair’s pH levels.
How to use vinegar for hair?
- First wash your hair with baking soda by following instructions given above.
- Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water. You can use the old shampoo/conditioner bottle.
- Apply to wet hair. Massage the scalp.
- Let it rest for a few seconds.
- Rinse it out with water. (some people claim that they do not need to rinse every time).
NOTE: If your hair is still too oily AFTER the transition period, you should try using less vinegar. Some people report using lemon juice instead, which has pH around 2.
How to control dandruff with vinegar
- Mix 1/2 cup of White Vinegar to 1/2 cup Water.
- Apply before shampooing about twice per week.
THE SMELL: It will dissipate with rinsing. If it doesn’t, you are using too much vinegar in the solution.