Thanks. I find it refreshing that you actually tested them to see. In my experience as someone with low porosity, I've used cleansers that were pH 6-6.5 and my hair did not like them (though many factors play a role), but 4.5-5.5 and those were better. So indeed as we all know everyone's hair is different. I find it interesting that shampoo bars are preferred more by low porosity curlies than not. I would never use baking soda on my hair just b/c of the basics of chemistry (and principle lol) but I am not surprised at all that your hair does not like baking soda.
I understand that sometimes we can get quite eager to learn about and try new products when dealing with hair, but it's very important (IMO) to learn the basics and what you're working with beforehand so that one when exploring you're not doing things that could damage the hair (and could've been prevented with a little research and critical thinking).
4a/3c, fine strands, low porosity, medium density
Last relaxer: Jan 2010 - BC'd: 2/27/11