Friday, February 21, 2014

Baking Soda Changed My Life Forever

For quite a while now, I have been struggling with something: greasy, heavy hair that never ever feels clean. The moment I would come out of the shower, I would already feel like I have product in my hair, especially at the crown of my head. Even when I would double wash my hair, the situation did not improve. I can't believe I didn't see it before--the problem was staring me right in the face--but a few days ago I finally came to the realization that I had product buildup in my hair. 

What is product buildup?

Essentially, it is what it sounds like. Every time you use hair spray, gel, mousse, wax, and even dry shampoo, you are slowly accumulating these products in your hair. The buildup causes your hair to look heavy, dull, dirty, and greasy, even if it is freshly washed. It can make styling your hair extremely difficult (something I can surely attest to) and it can also give you an itchy, flaky scalp.

How do I get rid of it?

Of course the moment my revelation hit, I turned to the internet for some solutions. Aside from a detoxing or clarifying shampoo, which was not an option for me because I wanted an immediate result, I found apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and even hand soap as a solution. The most appealing and well-received home remedy seemed to baking soda, so I gave it a try. 

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What you need:

1/4-1/2 cup of baking soda
  1. Rinse your hair with water and massage the baking soda into your scalp. 
  2. Divide your hair into sections, like you would do if you were using dry shampoo, so that you can place scoops of baking soda directly on your scalp, and do that all over your head. 
  3. Add a tiny amount of water and massage the baking soda into your scalp really well. Then leave it in for 5-6 minutes. 
  4. Once you have waited a fair amount of time, rinse your hair and shampoo and condition as usual (try to use natural, sulfate-free products). 
You will immediately feel how light and clean your hair is after this clarifying treatment. 

If you thought the baking soda hair fix was merely a rumor, think again. It actually does work, and it works extremely well! My hair is now light, bouncy, strong, and easy to style again. You don't need to spend your money on a fancy clarifying shampoo, just go to your pantry and you will find a quick, affordable, and effective solution. I plan on repeating this process every week or two because it truly did change my hair care forever.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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