Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate has a wide range of users and is immensely popular among scientists. Time and again, researchers have come up with news findings and healing powers of this ingredient. However, did you know that it can also be used to improve and maintain hair quality? Sounds unbelievable, right? It really works wonders for your hair. For quite some time from now, it has been promoted by several naturals as an ingredient that can cleanse and soften your hair.
After just a couple of treatments, you can see a healthy shine to your hair. In fact, some have even gone to the extent of claiming that when properly used, it can effectively loosen the curl pattern of the hair.
It all comes down to the pH balance of the hair in order to improve its quality. Let’s brush up our days of Chemistry a bit; pH ranges from 0-14, acid to base (alkaline). It’s always ideal to opt for a neutral pH, which is 7.0 – the value of that of distilled water. Let’s now try and understand this a bit more with respect to our hair. In wet or moist condition, the pH of our hair hovers from 4.5 to 5.5. This shows that in the natural state, our hair in slightly acidic in nature. So when we apply any product to our hair, it’s very important to maintain the pH balance.
Thus, in order for the hair to stay natural and healthy, it’s important to maintain a same pH level. Did you know that even water can increase the pH of your hair? This is the primary reason why it’s important for hair care products to be pH balanced.
However, we can never really be sure of most of these hair care brands and their claims. The best option is to take your hair care regime in your hands. Don’t be surprised if we ask you to use some baking soda instead of your regular shampoo to make your hair healthy reasons that have been stated in the beginning of this article. You should definitely try this out and give your hair a break from all the chemically loaded products.
For your convenience, we have also listed some of the most harmful ingredients that can be found in your shampoo.
The most dangerous chemical-offenders are:
- Sodium Lauryl
- Laureth Sulfate
We hardly look at the number if chemicals present in our shampoos or other cosmetic products. Mostly we opt for the one that smells good and forget about the presence of fragrance in it. And this is where we go wrong. The presence of fragrance means that we are adding more than 4000 separate chemicals to our hair. Sounds scary, right? You may have noticed that most clarifying shampoos tend to dry your hair and intensive care conditioners just add to this problem by making the condition of your hair worse. And if you are a resident of a cold weathered place, then your hair is definitely at stake.
So, try to the below Do It Yourself recipes for your hair and keep it looking healthy.
Baking Soda Rinse
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1 cup warm water
Baking Soda Conditioner
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1 cup of your favorite conditioner
Mix half a cup of baking soda with your favorite conditioner to form a homogeneous mixture. Apply this mixture thoroughly all over your hair. Keep it for 15-20 minutes and rinse. Follow these two recipes to bring your hair back to life.