Baking Soda Helps With Product Build-Up
Commercial liquid shampoos and conditioners often contain synthetic silicones and silica that coat your hair, to make it "feel" nice, but leave a residue in your hair. Styling products and your own natural sweat and oil production can add to residue build up.
The detergent shampoos with loads of SLS are very good at stripping EVERYTHING (even those natural oils we want) and ridding your hair of residue.
Clarifying your hair is a way to remove the build-ups some products leave on your hair which can make your hair dull and lifeless. Regular household baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is an easy clarifier to use.
Baking soda naturally lifts grease and product residue from your hair. Your hair clean will be free of buildup and will appear much softer and shinier.
Some people like to follow their baking soda rinse with a vinegar rinse.
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For many hair types, the transition to a shampoo bar
can be helped with a little baking soda.
Keep Some Baking Soda in Your Shower
Hard water and/or residue from previous products can cause shampoo bar adjustment problems. The addition of baking soda can help counteract the buildup from hard water minerals.
There are a few simple ways to add some baking soda to shampoo regimen:
- sprinkle a bit of baking soda on your damp hair and then lather up
- add a bit of baking soda to the shampoo bar lather already in your hair, then add a bit more water and lather up
- especially for hard water--add a pinch of baking soda to a quart of warm water and use this mixture to wet your hair before shampooing, then lather up
If you experience tangles after using baking soda use a whole head Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse or place some ACV rinse in a bottle and use it as a spritz after rinsing.
Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse
Our natural shampoo bars, very gentle cleansers, do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos and as a result, may not thoroughly clean the residue from your hair.
Gentle shampoo bars may have a difficult time removing the build-up of chemicals that has collected in your hair over the years of using liquid shampoos. The build-up may look similar to dandruff, but it is more localized and does not itch.
Clarifying your hair is a way to remove residue which can leave hair feeling heavy.
Regular household baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is an easy clarifier to use. Baking soda naturally lifts grease and product residue from your hair.
Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse Recipes
Simple Baking Soda Clarifying Hair Rinse
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 - 2 cups warm water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle or squirt bottle. Wet hair and spray or pour the rinse on your hair and work it through. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo with your regular shampoo
Or simply add less than a teaspoon of baking soda to the shampoo bar lather already in your hair. Add a bit more water and shampoo.
Baking Soda Scalp Clarifying Rinse
This scalp exfoliator helps rid your scalp of excess oil, buildup even dry scalp flakes.
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1/2 cup of water
Mix into a gritty paste. Massage the paste into your scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Follow it by using a gentle shampoo.
Try to keep the baking soda on the scalp area only as much as you can since this concentration can be rather drying to your hair length.
Baking Soda and Essential Oil Clarifying Rinse
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup warm water
2 drops of essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle or cup. Wet hair and massage into scalp and hair roots. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
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Since baking soda has a high pH, it can leave your hair cuticles raised. If this causes you problems with dry hair or tangles follow the baking soda rinse with a vinegar rinse or spritz.