It all started when a friend of mine shared this blog post with me. I learned a lot and was fascinated by the idea of washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, so I found another blog post that gave me even more information and an increased desire to try it out.
Both bloggers talk about the greasy effect it can have on your hair if you cut out shampoo cold turkey, so this is what I have done:
I have washed my hair twice a week over the past 6 weeks. One wash was with shampoo, and the other wash was with baking soda. After a baking soda wash, some days were good; I was super in love with my hair and totally bad mouthing shampoo. But then there were times when I wondered how I ever thought ditching shampoo was gonna work. The biggest problem I’ve had is consistency. Why does my hair look awesome with the baking soda wash sometimes and waxy/greasy other days?
Well I’ve really been trying to work out the kinks so I could share what I learned and this is what I have come up with…
- Get your baking soda to water ratio right with this bloggers recipe.
- Comb AAAALLLLLLL the tangles out of your hair BEFORE you wash it. (Muy Importante.)
- Rinse rinse rinse and rinse some more. And then rinse again because you probably still have baking soda up in there.
- Wash hair in a bath tub rather than shower to get the full force of the water pressure to push out the baking soda residue.
I love the apple cider vinegar as conditioner, and I use it every time I wash my hair. There is absolutely no trace of vinegar smell once I rinse it out. My hair feels healthy and I’ve noticed that I shed less in the shower when I don’t use traditional shampoo & conditioner. Another bonus is that I can go longer in between washes, which is probably the main reason why I am trying to make this thing work!
Basically I’m still trying to figure it out and would love for you to tell me if you’ve tried this before. Give me your tips, tricks, and advice if you have any pleeeeeeease. I’m looking forward to it.
PS- Even if you are in love with your shampoo, just try this method at least once. The first time I washed with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, my hair felt AMAZING. It was like a deep cleanse for my hair. All the product buildup that I hadn’t even known existed prior was gone. Let me know what you think!