You know how some people say that their hair is soft and clean after using baking soda and vinegar, while others of us struggle with excessive oil for weeks? It’s not just about how oily your hair was to begin with. After a weekend at a hotel, I am absolutely convinced that the effectiveness of baking soda hinges heavily upon whether you have hard or soft water. In the hotel, the baking soda dissolved into the water, giving me super-soft, almost slimy water that left my hair clean and soft, and my scalp feeling wonderfully refreshed.
Back home, I was still struggling to keep the gritty baking soda suspended long enough to distribute it through my hair, and I was dependent upon egg shampoo to keep the oil under control.
On a hunch, I finally decided to try take a reader’s advice to add the soda to boiling water first. It fizzed like another science experiment (what’s in our water?!) and I waited a few minutes for it to cool. Perfect! The soda was dissolved, the water was slippery, and my hair was clean, soft and silky again, just like in the high-dollar hotel water!
HOW TO WASH YOUR HAIR WITH BAKING SODA IF YOU HAVE HARD WATER:
The boiling seems like a lot of trouble, but it’s really not. It only takes about 1 cup to do my hair, and I can make it ahead in larger batches. I use it about 3 times/week, so it’s not hard to make a whole week’s worth at once:
- Heat one quart of water to a boil in a large pan.
- Turn it off and add about 1/2 cup of baking soda.
- Stand back and wait for the fizz to go down, then let it cool.
- Pour into a squirt bottle and keep in the shower.
- Use a bit like conditioner: just work it into wet hair, gently massaging scalp, then rinse thoroughly.
- Follow with apple cider vinegar, as usual.
So now, after 11 weeks, I finally really like my hair without shampoo. It’s soft and shiny, and my scalp feels clean and healthy. Styling is different too. I don’t do much with my hair, but I do wear it in a clip most of the time. When I was shampooing daily, my hair was too limp and slippery to stay in the clip unless I put it up wet and left it in place all day. Now, I can change it as much as I want and it obeys happily.
My hair stays nice and clean for 2 days, but I’m trying to adjust toward 3 days. 3 days now are far different from how 3 days used to be. My hair used to disgust me after more than 24 hours. I didn’t want to touch it, and I certainly didn’t want to see it down. Now on the third day, even when my hair is getting oily, it still looks shiny and healthy, feels soft and my scalp is still clean. It’s a subtle difference, but it feels like a huge change to me.
i love no pooooooooooo
Just kidding. I still hate the term. I just like not using shampoo.