Did you know that baking soda and apple cider vinegar are great for clarifying the hair, removing product buildup and residue, and dirt from the scalp and hair follicles? That’s right! Baking soda and apple cider vinegar (a.k.a ACV) have excellent cleansing properties, and can help give hair its luster and beauty back! So look no further than your kitchen cupboard for healthy and beautiful hair!! 🙂
Most store-bought shampoos have harsh chemicals and detergents in them that disturb the hair’s natural oil balance. When you wash your hair with harsh shampoos that contain sulfates, they will make your hair more dry, brittle, cause frizz, and breakage. Try switching to a sulfate-free or non-sulfate shampoo to bring health and vitality back to your hair. Also, try washing your hair less often. Too much washing is not good for hair! It dries it out! Try washing the hair once, twice, or thrice a week or maybe even every other day.
Clarifying the hair is like an extra super cleanse, as opposed to regular cleansing. In my personal opinion, you only want to clarify ONCE or TWICE a month! Ever heard of the saying “ too much of a good thing, can sometimes be bad?” Well, that saying applies here. 🙂 Baking soda will gently cleanse and clarify the scalp and hair, while ACV will give the hair shine and rinse away any remaining residue. Washing with baking soda and rinsing with ACV is great, but abusing it can result in very dry and rough-to-the touch hair. This wonderful experience happened to me. 😉 I got a little carried away and used this combo once a week. My hair got drier and drier, until it felt like a rough brillo pad. Let me just say, my detangling sessions sucked big time! 😛 Once I realized my error, I reduced my use to once a month. Now my hair looks and feels great! 😀
Baking Soda Shampoo Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 Cup of warm water
- Squeeze bottle
Dissolve the baking soda in warm water. Pour mixture into a squeeze bottle. Distribute mixture evenly onto scalp and length of hair. You can easily make another batch if you feel you need to, but don’t over do it! We’re not going for squeaky clean, stripped, or dried out hair. If your hair feels like any of the latter then you have used too much, and you need to reduce the measurement on your next application. You want your hair to feel clean, but still maintain a feeling of moisture and suppleness. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
- 1 Table spoon of ACV
- 1 cup of warm water
Combine the ingredients. Hang head upside down, and pour mixture evenly over hair and scalp. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse with COLD water. Cold water closes the cuticle, seals the moisture in, and the combination of the ACV and cold water creates shine.
Not only is this method of clarifying your hair natural and better for your hair, but it’s cheap! 😀 I hope you try it, and if you do let me know what you think in the comment box.