Unexpected Baking Soda Results...PICTURES ADDED

Could it be damaging to do this to your hair all the time?
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Could it be damaging to do this to your hair all the time?
Originally Posted by Kynnib
My guess is it would be fine, if your hair agrees with Baking Soda, or maybe if you didn't wash all of it out, but I don't think it's anything that a DC couldn't fix right away.
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Congrats on your pregnancy!

when you post the baking soda results, we also need to see baby belly pics!

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To anybody that has tried the baking soda...do you also henna? I'm interested in trying this, but worried the BS may make the henna fade faster.
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Here are some pictures of my hair today. I tried to do the shingling thing from Miss Jessie's site, but getting a comb through my hair is almost impossible so I had to finger comb it.

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My hair was still wet in these pictures, i'll try to get some after it dries. If it dries as quickly as it did yesterday.
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I can't see the pics! But that is probably because I am at work and they are blocked


But I think that there is potential damage from BS if you a leaving it in your hair for long periods of time. Any alkaline substance will lift the cuticle and the more alkaline the more dangerous. But because hair is acidic, almost everything we use is more alkaline then our hair.

This is why some ladies swear by ACV rinses and recommend them after BS clarifying to restore the hair's natural ph balance.

I wouls suggest everything in moderation and closely monitoring the situation to find out what works for your hair.

For me, I am hoping that BS will be a much safer replacement for my relaxer so I am willing to give it a go an take it further than a lot of others might.
Well it didn't dry as well as I had hoped. I had major shrinkage. I don't know if it was my makeshift shingling or what, but by the end of my day I wasn't happy with the look, but it still felt great!
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I did this last night. I shampooed with the CV nettle bar, then applied 1/2 cup of baking soda mixed KBB Milk and left on for 2 hours. I rinsed in warm water then applied Robert Craig conditioner. I combed to untangle...comb went through very easily. I then air dried.

This morning, I wet and applied Kiss My Face Upper Management gel. My hair is shiner, bouncier today and 98% frizz free. Less shrinking could be due to the new gel. I have noticed that when I use Ohm SHP, it doesn't shrink as much as it does with KCCC.

Even though I shampoo at least once a week, I think I will do the baking soda cleanse once a month to clarify.

Thanks for posting about this!
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Last edited by Windflower; 11-29-2008 at 08:36 PM.
Could it be damaging to do this to your hair all the time?
Originally Posted by Kynnib

I don't think it would be that much of a problem. Remember it's used as a booster to detergents and toothpaste.
Maybe I missed it but...what's the ration of baking soda to condish? I just mixed some up...I should've asked first...
Maybe I missed it but...what's the ration of baking soda to condish? I just mixed some up...I should've asked first...
Originally Posted by Phoenix

3 tablespoons - 3/4 cup baking soda
ACV Rinse 2-3 times a week
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Curly Kinks: Satin Root, Coil Jam
Castor oil on scalp
Could it be damaging to do this to your hair all the time?
Originally Posted by Kynnib

I don't think it would be that much of a problem. Remember it's used as a booster to detergents and toothpaste.
Originally Posted by spoogeywoogey
Even though baking soda is only a 9 on the ph scale that is and extreme difference from the 4-5 that hair naturally is. Any basic/alkaline product can cause raising of the cuticle and swelling of the hair strand = damage. Please do not take baking soda lightly there are relaxers that are as strong or only slightly stronger than it. Proceed with caution if you are using large amounts of baking soda or leaving it in your hair for long periods of time.

"Alkaline products cause the hair to swell, the cuticle to lift and remove oils from the air. This results in frizzy, dull, brittle hair that is prone to breakage and tangling. Extremely alkaline solutions cause the disulfide bonds between keratin protein molecules to break down and can eventually dissolve the protein completely. These types of solutions are the ones used to perm or relax the hair and can be extremely damaging, especially to hair that is already fragile."

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I found this website a while ago, it has an all natural relaxer that is made up of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) & Organic Sea Salt, plus natural oils.

I have been waiting to get in the mixtress mood so I can dig these out of my pantry & see what happens. Ok, Im motivated im gonna try it on my daughter tonight, since its her day to wash.

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sorry to hijack the thread a bit, but i read of someone putting baking soda in their cowash conditioner, so i tried it! and of course i tried it ahaha. my hair feels fabulous, but it turned my conditioner into little beads the consistency of soft cottage cheese and the water has settled on the bottom.

any ideas why?
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I'm not sure why that happened to your conditioner (mixing baking soda with conditioner is the bomb clarifying co-wash BTW) but I know that it is definitely recommended that you mix extra ingredients into your commercial products in your hand or in a seperate bottle - usually just enough for one application - because manufacturers add just enough preservatives to keep the product as it is and when you mix you throw off that balance.
Maybe I missed it but...what's the ration of baking soda to condish? I just mixed some up...I should've asked first...
Originally Posted by Phoenix

3 tablespoons - 3/4 cup baking soda
Originally Posted by akilamonique
I'm sorry for being dippy...but 3Tbsp of baking soda to how much condish? Thanks
ohhh!! okay thank you
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hair type: 3c/4a, naturally super soft, and really prone to frizz.


i heart naturally curly hair!
Maybe I missed it but...what's the ration of baking soda to condish? I just mixed some up...I should've asked first...
Originally Posted by Phoenix

3 tablespoons - 3/4 cup baking soda
Originally Posted by akilamonique
I'm sorry for being dippy...but 3Tbsp of baking soda to how much condish? Thanks
Originally Posted by Phoenix
i actually didn't measure the condish. Sorry. I always have to use tons of it just to get through my thick hair!
ACV Rinse 2-3 times a week
Nature's Gate Biotin Conditioner
Curly Kinks: Satin Root, Coil Jam
Castor oil on scalp
I did this last night. I shampooed with the CV nettle bar, then applied 1/2 cup of baking soda mixed KBB Milk and left on for 2 hours. I rinsed in warm water then applied Robert Craig conditioner. I combed to untangle...comb went through very easily. I then air dried.

This morning, I wet and applied Kiss My Face Upper Management gel. My hair is shiner, bouncier today and 98% frizz free. Less shrinking could be due to the new gel. I have noticed that when I use Ohm SHP, it doesn't shrink as much as it does with KCCC.

Even though I shampoo at least once a week, I think I will do the baking soda cleanse once a month to clarify.

Thanks for posting about this!
Originally Posted by Windflower
That sounds interesting.. I think I might try to go this route before I put a chemical clear glaze on my hair for shine.

Edited to add: Does it matter how old the baking soda is? I hate to admit it, but I have a six month old box in my fridge, and that's all the Baking soda I have in the house.. will the level of its freshness matter in this process?

I'm going to start off small, maybe a tbsp in two handfuls of condish, and that will be it for my whole head until I get back results.
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Last edited by BekkaPoo; 12-02-2008 at 10:38 AM.
Yesterday, I figured I would try clarifying my hair with baking soda. I mixed it in with some castor oil(my staple) and my conditioner just before I was about to get in the shower. Then I got distracted(toddlers will do that to you sometimes), actually I got distracted for a long time, about an hour. So the baking soda mix was in my hair that entire time. Anyway, when I finally got in the shower, I noticed my hair felt different. I decided to detangle(usually a 15 minute to 1/2hour job-I generally run out of hot water). It was SUPER easy. At this point, i'm like "What the heck?", Well when I got out of the shower my hair sas UBBER soft and I noticed my curl pattern was noticeably looser(not a bad thing).
FAST FORWARD TO THIS MORNING(yes I sleep on wet hair)

I got up, wet down my hair with my castor oil/water mix and put in my homemade curl cream.
MY CURLS HAVE LOOSENED TO THE POINT THAT THEY ARE GOING IN A DOWNWARD DIRECTION
My hair is actually showing a little more of it's length!(not much, it's only 6 1/2 inches in a year)
But my hair looks totally different! I'm actually going to wear it OUT today(I never wear my hair out).

Anyway, so what did I discover??? A Homemade Natural curl relaxer??? Something to do with the PH, or something of the Baking Soda? I really don't know anything about that stuff. Either way, i'm happy with the immediate results, let's see what happens as the day goes on(I think I may have put too much cream in my hair, it's white right now, but i'm hoping it will dry clear. Or i'm going to have to wash my hair again.
Originally Posted by akilamonique
Congratulations on your pregnancy, akilamonique! I had noticed you weren't posting as often and had hoped everything was okay. I'm glad it was good news that had kept you away.

How many times have you used your baking soda mix? Also, how long do the results seem to last?

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