Unexpected Baking Soda Results...PICTURES ADDED


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?
Originally Posted by va_candi

Oh, thanks so much! Yeah, i've been away for awhile. We had the move, then my husband was able to spend a three weeks with us before he had to leave, and we found out the day before he left that we were pregnant. I've been so sick and it doesn't seem to be letting up any, and it' pretty much takes all I have to take are of JB, but at least I am staying with family, while the hubby is gone(he should be back in June, but he will miss the birth by a few days).

Anyway, I've only done the mix once, and it still seems to be hanging around, but I can tell that my hair is going back to it's typical uncooperative self. I swear it has a personality of it's own, and we can never agree!
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akilamonique - OMG congratulations!!!! I didn't know you were pregnant!

Originally Posted by mariag002
Aww, Thank You!! We found out the day before my hubby left on his 9 month unaccompanied orders(how lucky for him, because I am a miserable pregnant woman!) So, we have our fingers crossed that he will make it home on time. My due date is June 6th, and we don't have his return date yet, we'll find out more at the end of January.
Originally Posted by akilamonique

OOOOO cross your legs until June 7th and he/she can share my birthday!

And congrats!!!!
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I am SO going to try this right now and hope my head doesn't fall off!!! lol
Ooops. Just realized I forgot to ask...
Akilamonique, do you have a recipe for this “home made curl lotion” thing you put on after?
Ooops. Just realized I forgot to ask...
Akilamonique, do you have a recipe for this “home made curl lotion” thing you put on after?
Originally Posted by Drakes
My homemade curly lotion?

I think it's in my siggy, but just in case it isn't,
1. Castor Oil(my HG oil), but you can use whatever oil works in your hair.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
3. Conditioner(I use Sally's brand Matrix Hydrating Balm, Or Giovanni deep moisture)-But whatever you HG conditioner is will work fine.
4. Blend it and viola you have a cream.
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I tried this last night for my cowash/DC.. can't say that I liked it. It stripped my hair and dried it too much, and it smelled like a perm. If I need to "clarify" I'll just use my clarifying conditioner or some regular old shampoo.

I used about a tbsp of baking soda mixed in with two or so handfuls Suave Coconut condish.
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I tried this last night for my cowash/DC.. can't say that I liked it. It stripped my hair and dried it too much, and it smelled like a perm. If I need to "clarify" I'll just use my clarifying conditioner or some regular old shampoo.

I used about a tbsp of baking soda mixed in with two or so handfuls Suave Coconut condish.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Did you condition after you rinse the baking soda/conditioner mix?

Interesting...my mixture had no odor, and it wasn't drying at all. Yet again, how products affect different hair differently.
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I tried this last night for my cowash/DC.. can't say that I liked it. It stripped my hair and dried it too much, and it smelled like a perm. If I need to "clarify" I'll just use my clarifying conditioner or some regular old shampoo.

I used about a tbsp of baking soda mixed in with two or so handfuls Suave Coconut condish.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Did you condition after you rinse the baking soda/conditioner mix?

Interesting...my mixture had no odor, and it wasn't drying at all. Yet again, how products affect different hair differently.
Originally Posted by Windflower
Well it was already getting late so I just shingled in a little olive oil creme and let it air dry in front of the fan until bedtime. In the AM I put it in a bun. lol

I usually wear my hair out so for me to put it up all day like I did today is a sign that I'm having a bad hair day. Tonight I'm DC-ing again, minus the baking soda.
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I tried this but didn't notice much difference. Maybe I need more baking soda w/my condish.
I tried it last night and my hair came out great.....I mixed AO Swimmers normalizing conditioner, 2 tblsp of baking soda, and 1 table spoon of castor oil (for fear of what the baking soda could do). I mixed it all up until it was creamy and put it on my hair, and let it sit for 1.5hours -
When I rinsed it out my hair felt smooth and clean. Afterwards I co-washed with Pantene (for relaxed & natural hair). I used wdt & Deva Condish One as a leave in, and a small amount of shea butter on the ends....I made 12 big twist and went to sleep.....When i did the twist out.......I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and touchable my hair was! Thanks ladies for the baking soda recipe!!!!!!:happy 2:
I tried it on my daughters hair, but nothing big happened, but it was clean & pretty.
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I realize not all products work on all hair. I am interested to hear the answers for the following questions from the people who good results and the people who had not so good results.

How long is everyone keeping the baking soda mix on hair and how much baking soda is being used? I kept the mix on my hair for at least 2 hours and used a 1/2 cup of BS.

Is everyone using a deep conditioner after rinsing the baking soda mix? Yes. I used Robert Craig and left it on for maybe 30 minutes then untangled my hair with a comb. Rinsed and reapplied some RC and let dry overnight.

Did anyone notice an odor from her baking soda mix? I used unscented Karen Body Beautiful Hair Milk as the conditioner base for BS. There was no odor.
Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin
I realize not all products work on all hair. I am interested to hear the answers for the following questions from the people who good results and the people who had not so good results.

How long is everyone keeping the baking soda mix on hair and how much baking soda is being used? I kept the mix on my hair for at least 2 hours and used a 1/2 cup of BS.

Is everyone using a deep conditioner after rinsing the baking soda mix? Yes. I used Robert Craig and left it on for maybe 30 minutes then untangled my hair with a comb. Rinsed and reapplied some RC and let dry overnight.

Did anyone notice an odor from her baking soda mix? I used unscented Karen Body Beautiful Hair Milk as the conditioner base for BS. There was no odor.
Originally Posted by Windflower
How long is everyone keeping the baking soda mix on hair and how much baking soda is being used? I kept the mix on my hair for at least 1.5 hours and used 2 tblsp of BS. This was my first time, so I was VERRRY conservative. I can always add a little more - but if I do too much, I can't undo bad results.

Is everyone using a deep conditioner after rinsing the baking soda mix? Yes. I used WDT and left it on for 30 minutes, then I use Pantene for relaxed & natural hair - my hair was instantly tangle free, smooth, and felt sooooo good! I used Deva One C as a leave in, twisted and went to bed.

Did anyone notice an odor from her baking soda mix? I mixed with AO Swimmers Normalizing which has a great scent - however there was a slight chemically like odor.

Last edited by curlydawni; 12-06-2008 at 07:50 PM.
How long is everyone keeping the baking soda mix on hair and how much baking soda is being used? About an hour. I mixed three heaping teaspoons with some aura rosemary mint conditioner from sally's.
Is everyone using a deep conditioner after rinsing the baking soda mix? Nope. I wanted to see the results from the baking soda alone. When I rinsed, my hair was much softer than usual and felt more "relaxed". But my curls bounced back as it dried. My hair felt much softer, but I did not really notice any curl elongation.

Did anyone notice an odor from her baking soda mix? Oh yes! I could smell the mint from the conditioner, but that perm chemical smell was definitely there.

I am going to try this again in a couple weeks to see if my curls loosen more. I have two drastically different textures on my head, and as my hair grows longer it is starting to show.

Wow, everyone is smelling some type of perm odor. I wonder if my baking soda is too old? I smelled nothing...
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I smelled nothing either and I used a new box of bak. soda.

I tried this again today and like others' my curls were shiny and very springy. But I didn't get any great results, no elongation. Maybe my hair is a bit softer though.
How long is everyone keeping the baking soda mix on hair and how much baking soda is being used?

I used about 1 tsp of baking soda, and 2.5 handfuls of Suave Coconut Conditioner.



Is everyone using a deep conditioner after rinsing the baking soda mix?

I didn't know I was supposed to.



Did anyone notice an odor from her baking soda mix?

Yes, mine smelled like perm/relaxer. It killed the smell of the coconut in the conditioner. Maybe it was because the baking soda is from an older box. I don't know if it would smell better using fresh baking soda.

Using the baking soda stripped the moisture from my hair completely, so a deep conditioning treatment was necessary afterwards (which I did the following day).
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Tried this! I wanted to see if it'd help with the frizz. I used 1/2 c. of Aussie Moist & 3 minute deeep conditioner (I wanted to finish up those bottles). and 1/3 cup baking soda. I applied this like someone would apply color/perm after I washed my hair. I didn't get to detangle before. I let it sit for an hour then rinsed. My hair felt really soft and slippery. I then applied my deep conditioner of DP DPR-11 Devacare 1 Con and a tablespoon of honey. It seemed to melt into my hair. I detangled with my paddle brush and then dted over night, using heat the first hour. I rinsed this morning and it still felt very soft. Okay, so my ends are ummmm pretty straight lol. I'll say I'm glad that this is temporary. I think when I go to add my gel or KCCC it will be fine, though.

I do think I'll be doing this again though, but probably bi weekly or once a month. Thanks for sharing this, guys.
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I have been using Baking soda and apple cider vinigar (ACV) to cleanse my hair for a month or so now and it just rocks my socks off. I love it! I get sweet results with the ACV by its self and it's more acidic than alkaline so I generally feel pretty good about using it...
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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.
Originally Posted by aricurl
I henna and tried the baking soda for the first time yesterday. I did the bs treatment after applying henna the day before, and it didn't remove the color. The plastic wrap I put around my head to seal in the bs treatment had an orange stain, but nothing more than what comes out when I rinse or wash my hair.

By the way, I'm new to henna and have done it twice. I haven't yet noticed any curl loosening or conditioning effects in those two times, but with the baking soda treatment, the results were immediately noticeable (left on for ~6 hours). My hair is smoother, i.e. less frizz, more curl definition, and easier to comb, softer and very moisturized. Also, my mix didn't smell like relaxer (I used 1/2 c. biolage deep conditioner with olive oil mixed in and 1/2 c. baking soda for my newly short hair (1-2" long)). I'm definitely adding the baking soda treatment to my weekly hair regimen. As far as the henna, I do it weekly, and I hope the results start to show soon. Any guidelines on when?

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