The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy argues that baking soda is generally too abrasive to be used as a regular shampoo for natural black hair.
However, if you have lots of build up a baking soda shampoo may be just the perfect solution for you instead of buying a clarifying shampoo.
Any alternative to baking soda?
Another alternative to the clarifying shampoo is a regular sulfate-containing shampoo. Keep in mind that sulfates are not harmful to health or hair they just too effective at cleaning so they tend to strip hair of good oils.
If you have lots of product build-up, however, the cleaning power of a sulfate becomes appropriate.
Baking Soda Shampoo Formula
You can use this formula after a regular shampooing or in the place of it.
Method: Mix the two ingredients. Stir to dissolve.
Application: Apply to scalp and hair. Massage in for maximum effect. Rinse out then follow with a conditioner.
Storage: Don't store. Use it all in one go.
What is the pH of baking soda?
9. It's weakly alkaline. Hair has a pH of 4.0 - 5.5 so if you use this formula you have to follow with an ACV rinse or a lemon rinse.
I would only use this recipe if you have lots of product build up. If you have used baking soda before, we'd love to know the results that you got.
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