Most people would cringe at the thought of not “washing” their hair. I am sure I would be one of them if I had not spent months trying to find the right shampoo. After the shampoo I used for years changed their formula and the new formula made my hair feel like a horse I was on a quest. I purchased shampoo after shampoo with no good results. My last hoorah was ordering a $32 shampoo off the internet which did not work either. With all the poor results I was ready to go back to cheap shampoos, after all nothing else worked so why should I spend money on expensive shampoos.
One day while I was looking at websites I came across someone using baking soda for their hair. That was all I needed and I was off searching for what information I could find. I found a formula and decided to start using it right away, after all I had a huge bag of it so what did I have to lose. I mixed 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 8 oz. of water in a measuring cup and tried it the next morning. Pouring it out of a measuring cup onto my head was not the best choice. I later purchased a plastic ketchup bottle for $.99. After I rinsed my hair it felt soft and I knew I was on to something.
Most websites will tell you it can take anywhere from a few days to 2 months for your hair to detox. Your scalp is so used to being stripped of oils with chemicals, that it over produces and can take a while to adjust. I however have not experienced any of that.
I also use a vinegar rinse, 1 part cider vinegar to 3 parts water. I keep this in a spray bottle and spritz my hair after the baking soda. You can either rinse this or leave it on. Your hair will no longer smell after your hair is dry. I have read that you should not use vinegar if your hair has been chemically treated.
I use the baking soda mix about every 3 days. Once your scalp has detoxed you can use the baking soda less and less if you chose. On the days I don’t use the baking soda I just rinse my hair in water and if I think it needs it I will spray with the vinegar mixture.