Hair Care and Baking Soda

Baking soda has seemingly endless uses, particularly in regards to cleaning. Used alone, or combined with other ingredients (such as white vinegar or lemon juice), it is not only versatile, but naturally effective.

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Aside from a zillion household uses, baking soda works GREAT as a “shampoo.” My roots get incredibly oily. In between traditional shampoo washes, I love to use baking soda. It’s a super simple and super cheap option that really works for me.


  • make a paste out of baking soda and water
  • wet hair
  • sing a little tune
  • apply baking soda paste to roots (I definitely avoided the ends as mine need all the moisture they can get; sometimes I’ll condition just the ends at this point, too.)
  • rinse with water (or apple cider vinegar for extra shine!)
  • air dry (I feel like blowdrying would be too harsh.)

In the shower, after rinsing, my hair feels very rough/dry, but after it dries the texture is wonderful. The baking soda seems to dry up the excess oil in my roots and, perhaps my most favorite part, it adds some great volume to my flat, fine hair.

Have you used baking soda to wash your hair?
Did you like the result, or have a bad experience?


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