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Baking Soda "Shampoo"
May 1, 2010
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wvclaylady
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Baking Soda makes a very good cleaner to use in place of shampoo.  Not in emergencies, but always.  Here is the link where I was reading it.  It's very interesting.  http://babyslime.livejournal.c…..74054.html

 

Baking Soda “Shampoo”

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1 cup of warm or hot water

Youcan double or triple the recipe if you have very, very long or thick hair. But do not use more baking soda, your hair will become hard, dry or feel brittle if you use too much. You can put this mix in a recycled shampoo bottle, and apply to your hair with warm water.

 

I hope you enjoy it!

Shannon

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February 23, 2011
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Got a question about the BS wash: Does it work well with extremely hard water? Our water is so hard (alkali) and so is baking soda. Thinking it might make the hard water problem worse?

 

Can you tell I'm a little scared to try this? :wink

February 23, 2011
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Annie, several folks around here are reporting that they use it with hard water. I'd keep the baking soda on the shy side. And it's not like you are going to waste anything more than a tablespoon of it and 8 oz water!

It felt really, really wierd the first time I tried it, and I had to slap my own hand to keep from doing it a second time. But not having to wash it as often, with it looking better each week made a believer out of me in a hurry!

My suggestion is to try it some time that you are planning to be home for a couple of days. Give it a try. If you simply can't stand it AT ALL, it's not like your hair's going to fall out or something! All you have to do is use your regular shampoo and get on with life. smiley-rabbit

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February 23, 2011
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We have extremely hard/alkali well water also and I use probably a scant tablespoon of the baking soda in about a cup of water, and it's just fine. I just make sure I rinse it out very well.

I've used the cider vinegar as a rinse too for years, WAY before I started with the baking soda. It works great even if you use shampoo though so don't worry. A beautician told me to use it years and years ago when I had a scalp problem and it worked a treat so I kept it up ever since. I probably mix mine a bit stronger than others have said, a good big dollop in an old plastic jug I keep in the shower for that purpose, but I can't say for sure how much the dollop is, but I bet it's about a quarter cup, and it's an old quart sized rubbermaid tall skinny wide mouth container.

I pour it on and massage it a bit, then leave it there till just before I'm ready to get out, and rinse it out really well too.

(Oh yeah, I agree the only way I could imagine the baking soda 'gunking up' a comb is if it's not rinsed well enough.)

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February 24, 2011
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Hey guys!  I have to tell you.  I just tried the No-Poo baking soda/vinegar treatment on my hair. I was thinking “well it will probably take a couple of washings to see results.” WRONG!  I can't believe how bouncy and lively my hair is. 

I have super baby fine hair that is stick straight and limp as can be.  I have to super tease the top to have any height at all.  Well, after the BS wash I rinsed with clear water to make sure all the BS was out then poured the vinegar rinse over my hair.  I got my scalp for this first rinse. Clear rinsed again  Towel dried and then blow dried.  I flipped my head back and my hair actually had height and bounce .  (faint!!)  I brushed it and it actually stayed poufy on top and wasn't limp at all.  I am soooooooo pleased!!

I plan on continuing this regimen to see how it goes. But for now…I'm POO – FREE and absolutely lovin it!!

Thank you so much for posting this alternative to shampoo.  I actually love my hair now.  heart

February 24, 2011
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Welcome to the club! 

For myself, what took time was retraining me, figuring out that wash twice thing was no longer an issue, simple things like getting the watery soda water over the entire head, and just the details.  My results were also immediate, but my technique left a bit to be desired, so the second washing was much better than the first.  (Somehow managed to not get it all washed the first go around!  Changing to a squeeze bottle helped.) 

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February 24, 2011
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Oh Pete, my hair feels so clean and so does my scalp.  Yet, when I was pouring the BS water over my wet hair, it really didn't feel as if it was doing anything.  Just wet hair…no suds, or slippery shampoo feeling. I began to wonder if it was going to work. I worked it into my scalp and through my hair then rinsed with clear water.  I put the vinegar rinse on over the already rinsed hair and scalp and kind of worked that in. Then a final rinse to get most of the vinegar out.  At this point, I pulled on my hair and it squeaked.  After drying, that was when it really became apparent that it really did work.  It's like having a new head of hair. Hair that has BODY…even the so-called thickeners didn't get these results.

Yep, I'm a converted No-Pooer!  Just think of the money we'll save alone. How cool is that???  shimmy

February 24, 2011
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It doesn't get any better than having a better result for less money!  Throw in saving time, and it's just about perfect!! 

Now, we just have to figure out an easy, transportable system…   pink-rabbit

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February 24, 2011
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I am so glad to see this post.  I am so ready to try this.  I have very fine, thin, curly hair that is also dry, dry, dry.  I spend what I feel to be a fortune on shampoos and other hair products and am just not satisfied. no

 I am going to mix this up tonight and give it a try.  Thanks. 

February 24, 2011
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Wow!  i can't wait to try this!

February 25, 2011
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No-Poo Day 2:    My hair is still clean-looking with noticible height still at the crown when I brush it. By now I would have “clumping” (separating from getting greasy) of my bottom hair from touching my neck.  No visible clumping.  I would definitely have to run the brush through it so as not to look like  the RoadRunner when I make my morning appearance at the breakfast table.  My hair was surprising  fairly presentable without brushing. 

It's amazing how much stuff must have been left in my hair from the shampoo. Not to mention the 1/2 can of Freeze-It spray it took to make it stay poufy and not fly all over from static. I have no static in my hair right now. To say I'm happy is an understatement.  I want to see how long I can go before I have to wash it again. Two days was the limit with shampoo.  Day two with the BS/V is definitely lookin good!! shimmy

February 25, 2011
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Thought I'd copy this over here, too.

 

Helen said:

I've been looking to get away from mass market “beauty products” for
some time now.  I'd tried the baking soda shampoo awhile back, but I was
using too much baking soda, so I'm glad to find out exactly how much to
use.  I tried the oil cleansing method today, too, and my face feels
very nice.
 

From a chemistry standpoint, I thought you might find it interesting
to know why baking soda works as a mild de-greaser.  As anyone who makes
soap knows, a fatty acid + an alkali dissolved in water = soap.  Well
sebum is a kind of fatty acid and baking soda is an alkali, so when you
dissolve baking soda in water and put it on your hair or skin, as odd as
it sounds, you actually form a kind of soap from your own hair and skin
oils bug-eyed.  The baking soda saponifies the hair and skin oils and allows them to be washed away by the water.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

February 27, 2011
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I gave this a try. Day one (actually evening as I wash in the evening), I tried this and used the vinegar rinse. My hair had plenty of body and felt clean and soft. Next morning, I would normally already feel limp and starting to grease, but with no poo my hair looks like I just styled it after a shower. Lots of body and held my style beautifully- still soft. By this evening though I had the piece that touches my face getting sorta greasy. Since I have church tomorrow, I went ahead and washed it again. I also did my two daughters' hair the same way. My husband says it looks soft. This time I will try to go longer before washing it. So far, I am loving this method.

February 27, 2011
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Yey!  This sounds so cool!  I can't wait to try it!  Thanks! happy-flower

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February 27, 2011
9:43 pm
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Can't wait to try this!

February 28, 2011
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UPDATE: Results of BS/V treatment.

Day 3:   Hair still had height and still bouncy but getting clumpy around the edges. Could still get away without washing and still looked pretty good once combed and brushed well.

Day 4:  Well, today it was time for a wash.  Clumpy all over and okay if I liked the bedhead look but I started feeling the need for a wash.

All in all, I usually haf to wash  my hair every other day with the shampoo.  With the baking soda and vinegar regimen, I got to four days with decent looking hair. I would say I can comfortably do the every three day routine and be happy.

I washed it last night with the BS/V and it was poufy and bouncy looking. I really love this method of cleaning my hair and I feel it's good for my scalp and hair both.

Through out the entire four-day test run, even up to and including the fourth day, I had height and volume to my hair which is something I could only achieve with volumizers and super stiff hairsprays with the shampoo method.  I'm firmly committed to the BS/V routine. happy-flower

February 28, 2011
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Intresting I will try it.

February 28, 2011
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Does anyone who has tried this have curly hair?  I always try to look for hair products that DO NOT add BODY as that just blows it up and makes it look like Bozo…surprised 

So…I need something that takes makes is smooth down and not get BIG. 

February 28, 2011
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My hair has some curl to it – but I have not noticed it being any more pronounced using this method.  The junk is just removed from the hair.  The added body is just what is there naturally, not being weighed down with extra stuff.  Not quite sure how to describe it other than to say it looks and feels soooo much more healthy! 

During the summer last year, doing yard, the one thing I DID notice was that I didn't seem to form those little ringlets that result from working up a sweat doing yard work.  Even wearing a hat, sweat seemed to evaporate better or more efficiently.  And my head doesn't feel so dirty after 10 minutes in the garden!

But then, my hair is not really curly, just has a tendancy to wave/curl/frizz very easily.  No frizzing with this method!  Perhaps that is the tendancy that those with very curly hair are trying to avoid?

Not sure there is anything helpful in there for your curly hair, but maybe?  Perhaps it would be worth trying some day that you know you don't have to be anywhere special the next morning?

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February 28, 2011
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Yes, I think I'd like to try it…I guess I need to figure out a time that I'm not going to be in public and check it out!! 

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