Clarify?? Baking Soda / Vinegar / Lemon Juice

Hey guys,

So I am still kinda new... although I have been reading furiously over the past 2 months. I haven't been taking notes so my information is getting a bit distorted.

Today I felt like I had to clarify my hair...so I remember reading something about baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice... so I tried it. Not all together but one at a time. First I washed it with the vinegar (regular and apple cider) and then washed it with baking soda (mixed with water). It left my hair feeling clean and it definitely started to draw up.. when I looked in the mirror, I had a white haze near my scalp. I think that was oil gunk! So then I decided to wash again with baking soda and then with the lemon juice. I rubbed the baking soda on my scalp where the white gunk was and then when I rinsed, it was gone. I think it may have cleaned my hair. But I definitely think I need a strong conditioner right about now. It feels like there are a bunch of coils all over but my hair is drawn up really close to my head.

Since I was experimenting anyway, I now have a mix of coconut oil and pure aloe vera gel (the kind that you can drink/eat) in my head as a conditioner. I really have no clue what I am doing so does any of what I did/am doing make sense??? I feel like a chemist... especially when I didn't wash all of the baking soda out and the lemon juice made it bubble up (like those 5th grade homemade volcanoes).

Any thoughts????
Baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar seperately can be used to clarify your hair. I like using baking soda. I always have it in the house so it is just easy for me to use. I don't always have vinegar and lemon juice handy. When I used the vinegar I didn't really fell a difference in my hair. I have not use lemon juice at all.

as for the coconut oil and pure aloe gel. It is a great combination for hair to add and keep in the moisture.
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Do you not want to use a shampoo?

I just use a gentle shampoo to clarify.
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Last edited by Windflower; 07-19-2008 at 07:06 PM.
I have shampoo in my house but I don't know what is considered to be a clarifying shampoo. Also, I have been purchasing products every weekend.. I kinda wanted to try to find a cheap alternative to buying something else new. Also, I believe I will feel much better if I can get to a point where I am putting completely natural products in my hair to achieve decent results. I doubt I will get to that point any time soon...

I think I may have lightened pieces of my hair. I don't think I diluted the baking soda and vinegar enough. I don't have any grey hair but I see a few light strands now.. I read that some natural oils can help with this so I will check it out next weekend.
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Variety,

Sorry to hear about the baking soda experiment.

I like doing the vinegar rinse maybe twice a week...sometimes three times a week. I use maybe 2 TBS of white vinegar to 16 oz water.
Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin
Oh...forgot to add...totally understand about not wanting to buy new products...i am really itching to buy some new products, but I really don't need any and have no idea what to buy....I just want to buy something.
Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin
Oh...forgot to add...totally understand about not wanting to buy new products...i am really itching to buy some new products, but I really don't need any and have no idea what to buy....I just want to buy something.
Originally Posted by Windflower
Lol, I am like this too. Although I pretty much have everything I need I still feel like I need something. What is wrong with me? Lol.

I used to use lemon as a conditioner, but not I've discovered that it's more of a cleansing agent. What I did today was spray my hair with lemon juice, gently squeeze my hair (this works it in almost like I'm shampooing), and then I rinse it out. When I rinse it out, I am also squeezing my hair to make sure it is rinsed out completely.
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Yes, baking soda clarify works great. You can go to motowngirl.com and find her recipes.

I use 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water. I put it in a big spray bottle and spray it throughout my hair. Let it sit for a minute and rinse out

I also use AVC rinse..put in a spray bottle 1-2 tbsp with 1 cup of distilled water spray throughout hair leave in do not rinse.

Both work great for me. I hate the ACV smell so I don't use it often.

I am addicted to gels so I like to do the Baking Soda treatment pretty regularly (every week or two weeks)
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