Homemade Baking Soda Shampoo – Dr. Axe

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Baking soda has long been a home remedy for so many things, but did you know that baking soda is a great way to clean your hair?

Regarding conventional shampoos, there are numerous chemicals in them which may actually damage your hair over time. In fact, of the 10,500 chemical ingredients used in the personal care products, only 11 percent have been assessed for health and safety. While not every brand contains all these chemicals, simply reviewing the label can tell you what you need to know.

A recent study reports that specific chemicals found in many shampoos, including antimicrobial agents, surfactants and preservatives, can all impair different aspects of hair health. These chemicals can seep into your body through your skin and scalp creating other damaging effects. However, why not avoid these chemicals and make your own right at home? With this baking soda shampoo featuring lavender oil, you can have beautiful hair without all the chemicals! (1) (2) (3)

This recipe is so simple and can give your hair body and volume without stripping your scalp of its much needed natural oils. At first, you may notice that your hair is a bit oilier than usual. Give it a little time to adjust and balance. Also, because you are used to the foaming action of most shampoos, this method may seem odd at first. Give it time and you will love the results.

So let’s get started making your at home baking soda shampoo!

You can mix this right in your bottle. Double the recipe if you want to make more. Place the baking soda in the bottle. Baking soda is great because it helps remove impurities. Once those impurities are removed, your hair will have way more volume! Baking soda is a natural mineral natron known as nahcolite. Used since ancient times, the natron in baking soda contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, which acts as a natural deodorizer and cleanser.

Next, add the water and shake well. You want to make sure the water is purified water to eliminate toxins that may be present. To do this, simply boil the water for one minute. Then, allow it to cool. (4)

Now, add the lavender essential oil. Lavender is a favorite of mine due to the relaxation that I get from using it not to mention the nice scent it provides. As well, lavender is an antioxidant which helps eliminate toxins and chemicals. 

Once all ingredients are in the bottle, make sure to tightly screw on the cap and shake well until blended.

You can now try your new DIY baking soda shampoo. Just put a small amount into your palm, then work into the hair and scalp just like you normally shampoo. Gently massage it into the hair and scalp, then allow it sit for a minute or two before rinsing it.

You may want to try this homemade conditioner after using your baking soda shampoo.


Risks

The hair is usually in the neighborhood of 4.5–5 pH level. Baking soda can be highly alkaline in nature; therefore, do not overuse, as it can result in the hair becoming brittle and weak. 

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