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Baking Soda "Shampoo"
March 21, 2011
6:32 am
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Sonia
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NorthCountryGirl said:

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

My hair is exactly the same, very fine and super straight.  I am definietly going to give this a try!

March 21, 2011
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This old time stuff is so amazing. I love it. I have very curly, dry, course hair. And this works better than any of the other kinds of high end stuff Ive tried. I love it that its 2 fewer things I now have to buy. Weeee!  Thanks so much for sharing.

March 29, 2011
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I have to ask some of the ladies that have used this method for a long time a question. Does your hair ever feel silky again? My hair looks very nice, but feels so thick and stiff. I finally decided to use a small amount of shampoo last night just to see if I could get a silky feel again and it felt so light and soft. Any suggestions? I use 1T bs to a cup of water and add in 1t of honey. I have to keep reminding myself that my hair looks good even if it doesn't feel good.

March 29, 2011
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You may be using too much baking soda for your hair type.  It's all about finding what works for you.  Maybe cut back on the baking soda and try that for a week?

Are you using the vinegar rinse, too?

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March 29, 2011
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Mine feels fine, but I'm not putting honey on it.  Could that be the issue?  Actually, it feels MUCH better than when it had all the gunk on it!  Especialy after a couple of days.  The gunk seemed to attract more gunk, and that just doesn't happen any more.

Funny thing – went in for a haircut yesterday.  Since it was cold outside, I didn't wash the hair first, so my stylist decided to wash it.  I can't really tell if I will like the haircut or not yet because it is all flat and lifeless – this without him even putting much of anything on it other than the shampoo!

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March 29, 2011
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CindyP said:

You may be using too much baking soda for your hair type.  It's all about finding what works for you.  Maybe cut back on the baking soda and try that for a week?

Are you using the vinegar rinse, too?

I can try cutting back some. It just still seems so oily when I use less. The vinegar rinse made my blonde hair quite dark, so I use the lemon/ water rinse.

I never use hairspray or anything else, so I was used to having soft, moveable hair. Now my hair moves in one unit. I'll try a lesser amount for a week and see how that goes.

Thanks for all the help!

March 29, 2011
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I started using the lemon juice, too, when the vinegar was bringing out my red highlights and the grays were showing then!  LOL!!  Now I'm more blond again :)

I wonder if it could be the lemon juice/water mixture?  Too strong on that maybe?

There's a “leave in” conditioner using honey/water https://chickensintheroad.com/forum/home-garden-recipes/leave-in-conditioner/

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August 11, 2011
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I found some more information on doing all of this elsewhere. If your hair is greasy (mine became “stiff” and greasy after a while of doing this). Use distilled water, don't use honey, and for hard water (which ours totally is) mix an equal amount of cornstarch and fine oatmeal flour into the water/baking soda mixture until it is the consistency of regular shampoo. The latter suggestion really helped out my hair. I don't use the rinse either.

I haven't used the apple cider vinegar rinse more than once, since it seemed to do odd things to my hair. I will need to see if I can find the lemon one that you are talking about…

September 12, 2011
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I can't wait to try this.  I'm curious about the added honey to the BS wash, what are the benefits and how much do you add?  Also what's the ratio for the lemon rinse?

September 12, 2011
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Honey is a natural humectant (keeps in moisture).  I used honey in my vinegar rinse (1 tsp per 1 cup of water/vinegar) in the winter…my curly hair doesn't need extra moisture in the summer humidity :)   The lemon rinse I used at the same ratio as the vinegar since it has the same acidity level…1 part vinegar or lemon juice to 4 parts water.

 

HTH!

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September 12, 2011
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Just throwing this out in case it helps anyone!

Somehow, I got into the habit of using less and less of the baking soda/water mixture to wash my hair, and was beginning to not like how my hair was lately.  Was beginning to rethink this entire procedure!

That becoming frugal thing with the “shampoo” was entirely unconcious – I had no idea I was doing it until the discussion last month about using a paste instead of the water mixture.  After that lightbulb went off, I quit being so frugal, and am once again very pleased with the results.

It's not like being frugal with baking soda and water is really accomplishing anything.  help

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