05-11-2013, 05:14 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
You are right to be concerned about some of these ingredients. Baking soda is highly alkaline and will lift the cuticle, also can damage the hair's protective fatty layer by saponifying it (turning to soap!). I would never put that near my hair or scalp in a million years. Dilute vinegar rinses don't cause any particular issue, but they can be drying so I don't do them often. Lemon juice can be drying and lighten the hair with regular use. You might be better choosing products that have a low/ acidic pH that will close the cuticle anyway.
The Scoop on Vinegar
What is pH and What Does it Have to do With Hair?
There are loads of great articles by 'curl chemist' Tonya McKay and I'd recommend reading as many as possible, I thought she'd commented on baking soda but I cannot find that.
I used to permanently dye my hair red 'refreshing' the lengths each time and the repeat exposure to chemicals caused my hair to become more porous, the ends especially took up and lost the colour more easily. I learned that conditioner only washing in cool water helped retain the colour best, pretty much all shampoos even sulphate free strip my colour as does warm to hot water. Most of the time I use a leave in instead of a rinse off conditioner so my hair spends less time being soaked.
Now I lift the roots with a blonde box dye and go over with a high pigment semi permanent which I leave on for several hours since it is totally non damaging being in a conditioner base. Actually this colour lasts longer than the permanent and I do not have to refresh the lengths for months! Two years after switching to CG and one year after the final stage in changing my dye technique my hair is still porous because it's curly and colour treated, but much less so that it was and much healthier overall.
Coconut oil is particularly good for chemically treated or porous hair, my hair likes it in combination with a sugar syrup (most people use honey, both have the same effect). I conditioner only wash to get any residue out.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics
Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-11-2013 at 05:18 AM.