Looking for a quick fix for limp, dry hair and an itchy scalp? Look no further than your pantry. To offer your hair a much-needed detox, set aside your store-bought shampoo and opt for a baking soda elixir. You’re probably thinking, this is a thing? Followed by, why would I do this if I can simply buy a shampoo tailored to my unique needs? Let me address these concerns:

1. Yes, this is definitely a thing. I’ve been doing it for over a year now.

2. Most store-bought shampoos are loaded with harmful toxins, such as:

I noticed that my hair was feeling limp and my scalp was incredibly dry. Some of the more notable name brands were no longer cutting it. Process of elimination determined that they were the root cause to my hair woes. So I did my research and decided that I would give baking soda a chance. The recipe is simple:

Mix ¼ baking soda for every ¾ water.

Apply the baking soda and water mixture to dry or wet hair by starting at the roots and working to the ends.  Keep in mind that it will not form a lather.

Let it sit for 1 – 3 minutes then rinse with warm water.

I made the change to rid chemicals from my shampoo routine and have nothing but positive results to report. My hair is stronger, more resilient to wear and tear, it doesn’t fall out as easily and I have little to no dandruff. I’ve received nothing by compliments since, and people are often shocked when I tell them that I swapped traditional shampoo with baking soda.

Although this is a positive change, it does come with some work; ridding your hair completely of chemicals is not without challenges. Immediately following the initial change you will notice that your hair seems a little oilier than usual. That’s because most store-bought products completely strip hair of all oils and grease. Eventually, after it balances out, your healthy mane will reveal the benefits of its toxic purge, and you’ll notice major levels of shine and body. For me it took about 1-2 washes for it all to normalize. It was definitely worth the trial.


Jessica Zita

Jessica maintains a balanced lifestyle through her vegetarianism (with a view to one day being completely vegan), chemical-free beauty regime, and efforts to remain gluten free – all under the umbrella of sustainability. Always a work in progress, follow as she continues to improve her lifestyle and shares lessons along the way.

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