Baking soda can significantly damage hair and scalp. Honestly, I would rather use a sulfate shampoo than baking soda. At least the shampoo is specifically designed for my hair. But this is just my opinion. That being said, I haven't had any luck with do it yourself recipes. Putting honey and apple cider vinegar in two separate remedies ended in disaster. I think apple cider vinegar is too strong for hair no matter how diluted.