how to wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar
A friend had told me quite a while ago that you could wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar. I had seen ‘no poo’ people around the internet and just thought that they were not using anything to clean their hair. Didn’t sound like anything I wanted to try.
I was still pretty skeptical about the vinegar and baking soda, I was convinced it would leave my hair dull, dry, and vinegary. But after seeing how well vinegar softens up wool when I used it on my son’s longies, I thought I’d give it a try as a conditioner. I had some baking soda leftover that I had been using for my teeth (switched to tooth soap, which works way better).
Once again, I was surprised at how well natural alternatives work. I had been using Herbal Essences (which I know are quite not natural) after a failed attempt with Burt’s Bee’s natural shampoo and conditioner. The baking soda cleaned super well, it was a little harder to work into my hair than regular shampoo, but it easily rinsed clear. The vinegar was amazing and left my hair easier to brush out than the chemical or natural conditioner ever did.
I’ve been using just the vinegar on my toddler’s hair too, her hair is really dry so I don’t need the baking soda. I just rinse her hair out with water (she showers with me) and then put some vinegar in and rinse it.
Washing Hair with Baking Soda
To wash my hair with baking soda I use half a handful (about 1 tablespoon- I keep a bulk bag of baking soda under my sink) dry, and easily work it into my hair before getting in the shower. In the shower rinse clean, then rinse with the vinegar rinse.
Using a Vinegar Rinse to Soften and Detangle Hair
Using a spray bottle, old shampoo bottle, or other tub-safe container filled with 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water, I use a couple tablespoons of the vinegar portion, and work on the ends of my hair. I don’t use on my scalp, as it tends to make my hair look oily too soon.
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