Baking soda is very damaging to the hair & shouldn't be used on the hair. Your hair needs protein & moisture. Too much protein can dry out the hair & make it feel like straw. Should you need to clarify, purchase a clarifying shampoo. Suave & Giovanni have clarifying shampoo. The suave clarifying shampoo will not dry out the hair. Make sure you deep condition after you clarify. To combat dryness, you can add a leave in such as elucence moisture balance shampoo and some oils.