Baking Soda as Shampoo

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I have read about some stuff on the internet the other day about hair care and it got me quite interested to say the least. It was about the supposed benefits of stopping the use of commercial shampoo on your hair and using water diluted baking soda on it instead.

They said that shampoo contained various manufactured chemicals in it that was actually dangerous to the hair as well as to the human body as a whole. Certain chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrance enhancers, cocamide are among a whole plethora of chemicals used in making shampoo, and that some of them might even be carcinogenic according to some studies. The entire content of a shampoo bottle do consist of chemicals if you really think about it, and water may be the only thing natural in there. Who knows, maybe it’s also quite different from the water that we are accustomed to.

Anyways, the entire process of using baking soda as your shampoo is a simple one. You dilute 1 tablespoon of baking soda to about a liter of water and then applying it to your wet hair, as you do with regular shampoo, and let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes.

The next step in the process is you would rinse your hair thoroughly with water and then rinse it again with a vinegar solution which consists of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a liter of water. After that, a final rinse with cold water completes the procedure. They say that baking soda’s alkalinity opens the pores in the head thereby cleaning them deeply, while the acidity of the vinegar then closes the pores shut to prevent debris from coming in.

I find it to be quite an interesting thing and that I might even try it one of these days, as I have been looking for ways to get this itch out of my head for a long time now. It started when I switched shampoos because my hair is getting a bit dry from using my old one. The new shampoo didn’t help any and I was beginning to think it is not the shampoo that is at fault.

Several shampoos later, coupled a nasty bout of scalp folliculitis and I was ready to try anything. I even have scabs on scalp to prove it, and although I’m not very proud of it, it serves as a reminder for me to get to a solution fast or risk getting bald. Believe me you wouldn’t want to see me bald.

Scalp folliculitis is no laughing matter as it is a serious disease. It forms when bacteria enters the skin through hair follicles and multiply uncontrollably when left untreated, usually leading to an outbreak of sorts. You see them as red swellings that are often inflamed and quite very itchy. Sometimes they contain pus, blood, or both at the same time and may also induce a burning feeling in the areas affected.

Okay, I’ve made up my mind and am trying this thing tomorrow. There’s nothing to lose anyway as baking soda and vinegar are natural and organic things really, so what could possibly go wrong right? I’ll keep you posted.