I wonder how many of you know that Sodium Bicarbonate is an incredibly easy way to clean your hair? Bear in mind that Bicarbonate of soda (Baking Soda) has none of the chemical ingredients that actually harm your hair like the majority of shampoos do.
Bicarbonate of soda treats your hair by literally by eating through the residue of hair products and shampoos, which over a period of time build up and actually damage hair, lack of shine and ultimately lead to hair loss.
What is Bicarbonate of soda? Sodium bicarbonate is a white crystalline solid, but we know it best in its fine powder form as the products baking powder, Bicarbonate of soda, baking soda etc. If you ever have used Bicarbonate of soda to whiten your teeth, then you will know that it has a slightly salty, alkaline taste. However, this post involves no tasting (Actually its not that bad when you get used to it!)
Using Bicarbonate of soda as a cleaning product is nothing new. Ancient Egyptians used Natron which is a natural mineral and a complex of sodium carbonate for cleaning their homes and skin as well as using it as a teeth whitener. You could say that it was a very early form of toothpaste.
How to treat your hair with Bicarbonate of soda
1. Depending on the length of your hair and thickness, I suggest that you mix approximately 2-3 tablespoons of Bicarbonate of soda with a small amount of cold water until it forms a paste. This quantity is good for shoulder length hair.
2. Wet your hair and massage the paste into your damp hair and scalp. Leave it on as you would a conditioner for 5 minutes.
3. Rinse with water. If you can stand it, then cold water is best, otherwise use warm water.
4. For overall shine, finish off with a vinegar rinse.
Mix proportions of 1 cup of vinegar with 4 cups of cold or warm water. White vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar seem to give the best results. You can make your vinegar rinse up in a jug or plastic bottle so that it is all ready to be poured over your hair while you are in the shower.
Finally, after using the vinegar, rinse your hair lightly with cold water.
The magic of Bicarbonate of soda…
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