So, you’re thinking about stepping away from shampooing? You’ve heard about the “no-poo” trend and are starting to research alternatives?
Maybe you’re concerned about how much plastic you’re using, or you’re worried about product build-up restricting your hair growth or affecting its health?
If it’s the latter, then perhaps a baking soda hair rinse is for you (more so if you have oily hair)!
Baking soda hair rinses are touted as a great excess oil buster, and help restore the hair in shine and softness. But, that’s when it’s used in moderation. Due to the high PH level of this staple kitchen ingredient, some users of baking soda hair rinses have reported hair damage when used too regularly.
Let’s take a look at whether baking soda hair rinses are right for you…
The main attraction of a baking soda hair rinse is that it’s just one ingredient! Sodium Bicarbonate. It’s paraben-free, sulphate-free, diethanolamine free, and contains no dye or fragrance.
Baking soda naturally clarifies both scalp and hair, banishing dandruff and product build-up, and thus freeing and revitalising the hair follicles so they can get on with their natural growth cycle. It’s also incredibly cheap!
After prolonged use (we’re talking a couple of years here), hair can become brittle, weak, frizzy, and start to break. The scalp can also become irritated. Baking soda is a heavy alkaline (PH Level 9) and hair’s natural PH is 3.7, with the scalp being 5.
If you’re intending on using baking soda rinse for the long term, and as a shampoo replacement, you may reap the benefits first but gradually it could strip your hair of its natural oils (sebum) and cause the scalp to feel sore.
All risks considered, some commercial shampoos can also strip your hair of its natural oils, causing the hair to start churning out extra sebum! In the short term, baking soda shouldn’t do this but the fact is, it is abrasive and may leave your hair and scalp feeling dry.
When you first start to use a baking soda hair rinse, you might experience a little excess grease for a bit whilst your hair adjusts. Eventually, you’ll find you need to wash your hair significantly less!
As with all haircare and skincare products, always, patch-test on your skin before using, to see if baking soda causes you any irritation or reaction.
You should always use a good conditioner when using a baking soda hair rinse. Conditioner helps seals the hair cuticles and hydrates it, helping it feel softer and aids frizz control.
Keep the hair wrapped in a towel for a minimum of 15 minutes, or leave in your DIY hair mask as you sleep overnight for an even deeper condition. Then, wash the hair out with your baking soda hair rinse.
Another perk to baking soda hair rinses is that they are so simple to make!
An apple cider vinegar hair rinse can help rebalance the pH level of the scalp and hair after using a baking soda hair rinse. Simply mix together a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar (or even lemon juice) with 250ml of warm water. Pour through the hair and over the scalp, leave for a couple of minutes and rinse out with cool water. Ta-da!
Cel Pro Tip: If you live in an area with hard water, boil it first and let it cool before using. This will reduce the effect of the high mineral content on your hair!
In general, using baking soda as a shampoo replacement is more likely to be effective for people with particularly oily hair. In some cases, baking soda can be a little too drying if used as a total replacement for your everyday shampoo.
Our pro advice here at Cel would be to use a baking soda hair rinse occasionally, but rely on a clarifying shampoo for your more regular usage that serves and protects your hair without causing build-up, like Cel’s Microstem Cell Shampoo.
Cel’s Microstem Cel Shampoo formula is a powerful blend of scientifically optimized plant extracts, including Ginseng and Biotin, which cleanses the hair while giving the appearance of healthier, thicker-looking hair!
The biotin will help clear build-up (the layer of dead skin cells and product blocking the hair follicles in the scalp resulting in dandruff) which prevents the natural regrowth cycle of your hair.
The inclusion of glycerin in the formula works as a moisture sponge to keep the scalp and hair hydrated. This will prevent any skin irritation which again can be caused by build-up.
Happy hair rinsing!