Baking Soda – (Bicarbonate of Soda) for Natural Hair
Baking soda or bicarb as it’s also known here, is a staple in the pantries of those who often bake like I do. So it was a pleasant discovery to find out that bicarbonate of soda has uses for my hair too.
If you are into natural cleaning alternatives you’ll know the powerful cleaning and deodorizing properties of bicarb, but what you might not have thought of is that those same properties can be harnessed to work wonders on your hair too.
If you have a ton of build up of dirt and grease on your hair and scalp mixing bicarb with your shampoo can give it an extra boost to help eliminate build up.
How to Apply
When you squirt a portion of shampoo into your hand, before rubbing it between your hands add some bicarb then mix it with the shampoo by rubbing the combination in between your hands. Apply to your head and wash as usual.
I’m sure you’ve had the irritating experience of washing your hair and thinking its thoroughly cleansed until you notice some whitish residue on your scalp. To help reduce this you can use a bicarb rinse after your wash.
How to Apply
If you happen to have vinegar lying around, you can apply the baking powder using a shaker bottle all over your hair and in particular to the scalp or where you have white residue, then using a spray bottle spray on the vinegar. The reaction of the two will cause the combination to fizz up, melting away all that grime. After the fizz has done its magic, rinse with water.
My husband is a big believer in the dandruff relieving effect of bicarb. I don’t struggle with dandruff issues, so I cannot attest to his claims. But ever since he started adding it to his wash regimen, he has experienced a noticeable difference in the ‘itch factor’.
As a Shampoo Boost
I often add bicarb when shampooing to assist when I have a build up backlog. On a few occasions I have used too much, and whenever I’ve overdone it, because of its gritty texture, some of it would not rinse out completely so be mindful of that too.
As a Bicarb-vinegar Rinse
I’ve probably only used it as a rinse once or twice. Although the strong vinegar smell disappears after rinsing, it might have subconsciously put me off trying it out more often 🙂 But in the few times I’ve rinsed with it, it did a great job!
Some people have completely ditched their shampoos for baking soda and use it as a natural alternative to shampoo. Of course it’s up to you and what works for your hair but what I’ve learned and experienced about African hair is that our biggest enemy is dryness and therefore, our best friend is moisture, so personally I would not recommend the prolonged use of products that are void of moisturizing elements, but for that odd day when even your best shampoo can do with some help, Bring on the Bicarb!!
Does bicarb ever feature in your regimen? How does it work for your hair? Share your experience or recipes in the comments section below.