Baking soda for hair use? You have to be kidding me!
Well, it is the truth. Baking soda has many uses from deodorizing, insect bites, poison ivy , heartburn, indigestion, sunburn and more. When I first heard of using baking soda on my hair, I actually got excited about it and began to do more research. I visited YouTube to see how other naturals were using it in their hair care regimens and came across one video that caught my eye in particular.
This method of usage is called the Cherry Lola Treatment. The Cherry Lola Treatment was developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola. This treatment is great for the reduction of frizz.
- 2 parts yogurt- for conditioning
- 1/2 part baking soda- aids in lifting the hair cuticles making the hair porous.
- 1/2 part liquid amino acids
The yogurt acts as a conditioning base while the baking soda helps to lift the cuticles. At the time the treatment was developed, the purpose of the liquid amino acids(AAs) was not known. This was an experimental concoction. I love combining things myself to see what works! Ultimately, Cherry Lola experienced a reduction in frizz and an increase in moisture absorption. Once she shared her results, other naturals began to try it and many said it worked great for them.
This concoction is very similar to the first step in the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM). That step is called the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment.
You can read a step by step guide on this method here:
My experience with this method was great! I have low porosity hair so this means that my cuticles lay flat and tight around the cortex. Because of this, it makes it a little more difficult for me to moisturize my hair. Incorporating baking soda into my regimen helps the hair to be more porous. Some low porosity naturals say the use of baking soda works great and then there are some who would not touch it with a ten foot pole for various reasons. That goes back to how everyone’s hair and preferences differ. Whatever works on one person may not work for the other.
I wanted to achieve a wash and go and just like many others I thought it was impossible with my hair type/texture. Boy was I wrong! I did the MHM and was able to achieve a wash and go for the first time.
Check out my MHM video review: Maximum Hydration Method| Wash and Go Review
I was excited to be able to wear a wash and go and at the time I was a student at a beauty school in Kennesaw, GA. My classmates and teachers asked me what did I do to my hair and I shared this method. I am going to be honest and say that a wash and go is far from washing my hair and going. Many think that is all you have to do but no, nah and NOPE!
Use On Children
Can baking soda be used on children? Absolutely. I have a daughter who suffered from dry, itchy scalp. She would scratch her scalp so bad it would bleed. If I were to part her hair to put cornrows in it, you would eventually see her scalp bleeding from where she had been scratching. I decided to incorporate baking soda into her hair care regimen as well as apple cider vinegar.
I know how it feels to have to deal with itchy scalp and I also used the same combination on myself.
Why does this combination work?
Baking Soda is an alkaline and aids in balancing the ph level of the scalp and hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic and aids in conditioning the hair as well as balancing out the ph balance of the hair.
These are the steps I took:
- Mix 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water.
- Apply the baking soda mixture to damp hair to the scalp area. I used a toothbrush to massage it onto the scalp in a circular motion. Don’t judge me, it’s a life hack!
- Rinse out with warm water.
- Follow up with ACV rinse ( 1 part ACV + 3 parts water)
Woolah! You are set. I also began massaging her scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. JBCO has anti fungal effects, kills bacteria and increases blood circulation in the scalp. What an amazing combination!
She has not had anymore problems with itchy scalp and neither do I!
What do you think about using baking soda in your hair care regimen?
Is it a nay or yay for you?