I have heard of the baking soda treatment from various hair blogs and forums such as Long Hair Care Forum commonly known as lhcf....most naturals who have tried this treatment rave about its effects.....so ofcourse I had to jump on the bandwagon. I have used baking soda as a substitute to shampoo but never used it as a treatment. Due to various factors e.g boredom I tried it on sunday.
On the blogs and forums, most ladies have described it as leaving hair more moisturised, soft, smooth and some even say that it elongates your curls. Well I was sold on this, this is what I did.
- 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda
- Half a cup of conditioner (Enliven Coconut and Vanilla Conditioner)
- 1 small pack of coconut cream
- 2 teaspoons of grapeseed oil
I prepooed with Vatika Coconut oil for an hour then shampooed with Nice and Lovely Avocado shampoo diluted with water in the shower. I have not shampooed for close to 6 weeks, my hair was dying for some cleansing and clarification. After the prepoo and shampoo my hair felt so soft
I then mixed up the baking soda, conditioner,coconut cream and grapeseed oil and applied it on my hair and then put a shower cap and a warm towel over that. (had a little nap...hey it was sunday afternoon).
After about an hour and a half I rinsed my hair with cold water.As I rinsed I started freaking out because of the smell of the treatment.....(images of relaxer burns and the smell of relaxer from the baking soda were so scary). The smell goes away but you have to make sure you rinse the treatment out completely...and oooooohhhhh my!! didnt my hair feel so soft and the strands so smooth. I had practically no frizz in my hair and my curls were coily, springy and ooohhh so shiny (not so sure about the curl elongation). Because baking soda is also a cleanser my scalp felt really clean as well.
I decided to deep condition with Organics Tea Tree Cholesterol for an hour. My hair was so shiny and soft(not mushy),frizz free and sooo smooth. I definitely recommend this for anyone wanting shiny, frizz free and soft hair.
This baking soda treatment should be researched upon before you do it. Baking soda can be very abrasive and it is not recommended for use on hair for long periods of time. Also dont rub it too much on your scalp due to it high exfoliation capacity. This treatment should be done at maximum once a month.