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Review: Baking soda or shampoo?


When I was a kid my hair was my everything, I had super long (sun kissed) blonde hair. I could spend hours brushing my hair, and my favorite moments were putting a handful (or more) conditioner in it. After this it felt so so soft. Irresistible!

During my teens my hair structure changed, they say it changes every 7 years. I struggled with my ‘new’ wavy hair and more than often tried to create some decent curls by using lots of mousse. Before a night out with the girls I washed my hair, put mousse in it. Didn’t like the outcome, washed my hair again etcetera etcetera.

Later in my teens I made a habit out of dying my hair. That’s what teens do right?

Now that I’m a bit older I don’t care as much. The only thing I’m super interested in is natural hair products. I came across more and more articles that all have the same conclusion: the shampoos and conditioners we use aren’t the best we could use. They make our hair greasy so we need to wash it again to make the (commercial) cycle go round and round. Nobody likes greasy hair. So when I heard about the ‘no poo’ movement, I just had to try. ‘No poo’ doesn’t mean ‘no pooping’, it means ‘no shampoo’. As expected, the ultimate goal is a life without shampoo, they say that after a while your scalp will going to clean(se) itself again. Back in the old days they didn’t have shampoo and I bet they didn’t walk around with greasy hair. The only thing that sucks about ditching shampoo is the transitional (read: greasy) period in front of you. This period can last from 2 weeks to 2 months, and even longer. To make this period a bit more livable one can use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Baking soda is a natural product that degreases your hair, and apple cider vinegar nourishes your hair. Both products are also used for cooking, so I don’t doubt their naturalness.

Full of courage I started the baking soda and apple cider vinegar adventure. And I didn’t like it at all. My hair got really really rough and my hair got greasy anyways, only now it took two days instead of one day, hooray. I started to do some more research into this method and I read some pretty bad experiences from others too. Hair that totally dried out & extreme hair loss. There are many good experiences too, so you should decided for yourself whether to try this method or not.

Washing your hair with baking soda:
1) Mix 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda with 3 times that amount of water.
2) Apply the baking soda and water mixture to wet hair.
3) Leave the mixture in your hair for about 3 minutes.
4) Rinse it thoroughly with warm water.

Nourishing your hair with apple cider vinegar:
1) Get yourself a spray bottle.
2) Mix 1 part of apple cider vinegar with 4 parts of water.
3) Evenly spray the mixture on your hair.
4) Rinse your hair with cold water.

Let me know what you think about this method.

PS. No worries, you do not smell any apple cider vinegar after applying ;)

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