Clarify Your Hair and Remove Buildup With Baking Soda

01/20/2013 | By | More

Your hair was doing well – soft, full, your twist outs and styles were on hit. But suddenly your hair is feeling hard and crunchy and dried out.  Or you’ve been noticing some serious breakage when nothing in your hair care routine has changed. Or your hair is frizzy, unmanageable and won’t hold a style no matter what you put on it.

If your hair is dry and feels damaged no matter how much moisturizer or conditioner you use , it usually means your hair is coated and has product buildup. That means its time to clarify your hair.

Using butters, oils, styling gels, and conditioners can leave a buildup and residue on your hair that will prevent it from absorbing beneficial moisturizing and conditioning treatments. Clarify your hair to get rid of all that so that your hair can once again absorb moisture.

To rectify those problems and clarify your hair, either do a Bentonite Clay wash, or a down and dirty baking soda treatment. There are several ways to clarify your hair, but baking soda is one of the most inexpensive and easiest to do.


Benefits of Baking Soda Clarification on Natural Hair

Baking soda can be used to clarify the hair when mixed with water, shampoo or conditioner. A baking soda hair wash cleans out excess product, removes impurities and cleans your hair better than many expensive products on the market.


How to Clarify Your Hair with Baking Soda

Add 1 tsp. of baking soda to your shampoo, then leave the mixture in the hair for about 3-5 minutes and rinse. This can be done once a month to help remove any buildup from hair products and to clarify your hair.


Correct Your Hair pH Balance and Close the Cuticle

apple cider vinegar natural hairBaking soda is very alkaline, with an average pH of 9.0.  Extremely alkaline products open the cuticles of the hair shaft, which can make your hair absorb too much water causing the hair to weaken and break.

To counteract this, the baking soda clarifier should be followed up with a more acid product such as Aloe Vera juice or apple cider vinegar to normalize the pH of the hair.

To use the vinegar rinse, dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water and rinse the hair with the mixture. Follow that with a cool water rinse then add your regular conditioners.

To use the Aloe Vera rinse to boost the moisture in your hair, smooth the hair cuticle and balance the PH level. Pour about 4 oz of Aloe Vera juice into a small cup then pour it over your hair.

Gently massage in and distribute through to the ends of your hair. You can also put the Aloe in a sprayer bottle and spritz your hair all over to get the same results.

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  1. I am attempting this baking soda clarifying shampoo mix to make my gray hair more receptive to a henna/indigo treatment. I am hoping this will really help. Thank you for posting simple procedures that include things people actually keep in their homes. I mixed the baking soda with a daily clarifying shampoo because I think that if you can use this shampoo daily, it probably doesn’t really clean the hair like a more strong one. I could be wrong. I’ll find out when I finish my henna/indigo treatment.

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