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    I have tried to find information on this site about baking soda, without much result. There seems to be much too and fro if it is good for hair or not.
    At least I have found out that it works well as a clarifying wash, but does it damage hair after long term usage??

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Baking Soda - yey or nay?

    It would depend on how you use it, IMO.

    Baking soda can be abrasive if it is not fully dissolved in warm to hot water. The pH is about 8, so it is alkaline but some people's tap water is too.

    Try using a completely dissolved, well diluted version and strand test it if you like first. You will need an acidic rinse or conditioner (all conditioners are acidic) to follow.

    Damage your hair? Not if you are careful with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fethenwen View Post
    I have tried to find information on this site about baking soda, without much result. There seems to be much too and fro if it is good for hair or not.
    At least I have found out that it works well as a clarifying wash, but does it damage hair after long term usage??

    Thanks!
    No.

    Only clarify on an as-needed basis. I personally would not recommend this as a hair wash method for all hair washes (as in several times a week).

    In my case, as-needed becomes about once a quarter.

    I've been using this for decades now.

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    Default Re: Baking Soda - yey or nay?

    For me - nay. It dries my hair out. I do much better with full-strength shampoo if I feel I have buildup. Otherwise I dilute my shampoo quite a lot in warm water.

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    Nay.

    Imo clarifying-wash states it very well what baking soda does. Clarifying never is a gentle method to clean hair. Which in conclusion makes it too harsh to be a good routine for cleaning long hair on a regular basis. If at all it should be used very careful, on a as needed basis and only once in a blue moon.

    I personally would never ever, not even in a million years when the elks dance boogie at a beach-party, try to use baking soda on hair still attached to my head. I´ve put a test strand under the microscope and have seen what the common baking-soda mixture does to the cuticle of my hair. Umm no thanks.

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    I find it's a good clarifying wash instead of using sulphates. It leaves my ends a little dry though if I dont dissolve it properly, and it feels gritty, which I dont like. Properly dissolved, I use it maybe once a month, but I'm aiming for less, maybe quarterly like Heidi.
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    Nay for me! It left my hair in a very greasy, tangled and horrible condition.

    I´ve put a test strand under the microscope and have seen what the common baking-soda mixture does to the cuticle of my hair. Umm no thanks.
    Finoriel, what did it do?

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    Just a reminder:

    Any clarify hair wash no matter the product or home recipe, any hair wash using Baking Soda for sure, BE SURE TO CONDITION WELL AS PART OF THE PROCESS AFTER CLARIFYING.

    If one doesn't then what happens is hair may well be dry, a weird texture and tangly. Why? Because TO CLARIFY = to strip the hair bare naked of all applied product, sebum, dirt, grime -- including moisture such as conditioner.

    So you have to put back what's been removed.

    If one did not condition at all, or sufficiently, then that dry, tangled, weird feeling hair -- well, the clarifying worked. That's what happens to hair when the "moisture" isn't replaced (after being removed).

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    You´re sure you want to know mellie?
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    It raised the cuticle in a very impressive way. Imagine a hybrid of fir cone and bottle brush.
    Just not the best pH-level for hair.


    What makes me very wary is the unnecessary wear this causes to the hair. Spreading the cuticle that wide and smoothing it down again with acidic-rinses and trying to mask the caused dryness with lots of conditioner nonetheless means a constant wear to the cuticle.
    The drying effect of it makes conditioning and babying after clarifying necessary, probably over-conditioning the hair, which over time makes a clarifying wash appealing again. A vicious circle imo.

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    Default Re: Baking Soda - yey or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Finoriel View Post
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    It raised the cuticle in a very impressive way. Imagine a hybrid of fir cone and bottle brush.
    Just not the best pH-level for hair.


    What makes me very wary is the unnecessary wear this causes to the hair. Spreading the cuticle that wide and smoothing it down again with acidic-rinses and trying to mask the caused dryness with lots of conditioner nonetheless means a constant wear to the cuticle.
    The drying effect of it makes conditioning and babying after clarifying necessary, probably over-conditioning the hair, which over time makes a clarifying wash appealing again. A vicious circle imo.
    I have always thought of it in exactly those terms. I do not use anything alkaline on my hair. But there are those here who love baking soda and are fine with it. And I never realized until I was duly informed by someone here, that baking soda completely dissolves in warm to hot water, making it less hair unfriendly.
    Last edited by ktani; March 11th, 2009 at 01:24 PM. Reason: adjust text

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