baking soda can be very drying to hair if overused.
for clarifying my hair, I use 1 tbls of baking soda in 2 cups (or more) of hot (not boiling) water. Pour over head (use half mixture first) massage scalp, pour remaining mix over hair. Then I usually let is sit while I shower then rinse. Result--soft hair, eats up conditioner (and not stripped or dry)
Baking soda is the only scalp cleanser I use. The amount of baking soda used should vary depending on your hair and what it likes but my hair and scalp can take about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda in about 3-4 cups of warm water. I pour the mixture over my scalp, massage for about 30 seconds to a minute, and rinse. This method of washing has never made my hair dry. I do this almost everytime I wash.
Last Relaxer: Nov. 07 BC: May. 2010 (30 months) Hair Type: thick 4b/4a Current length: back at APL Goal length: hip Staples: natural growth aides