In the realm of DIY beauty, some things perform for me so well that I am astonished. Today’s “shampoo” experience with baking soda and honey to clarify and moisturize hair is one such day of lovely performance. My hair has been confused by the weather, too-frequent washing and lots of conditioners that I think built up to a point of yuck. While I’ve done apple cider vinegar rinses before (I do about a 1/4 cup of cider vinegar in a mason jar full of water) to clean my hair, it wasn’t quite doing the trick this time. I need to clarify my strands and give them a fresh start. Last time I tried “clarifying” shampoo I wound up with hair like a Brillo scubbing pad, so I felt that the folkloric baking soda shampoo was about to have its day in the sun.
I put one tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water. I’ve read that it should go in a squeeze bottle, but not many people have a squeeze bottle handy, so it went in a big cup. It wasn’t dissolving well at first so I added more warm water (about 1/2 cup more) and stirred it until it seemed pretty clear. If you leave the mixture sit the baking soda can settle out, so give it a good stir before you use it.
Now, for the honey. The idea is that honey is a humectant- it is great for creating and maintaining moisture. While some people follow up the baking soda step with the apple cider vinegar rinse I described above (if you have fine hair, oily hair or super-product-loaded hair, I would try that) I needed more of a conditioner. The idea is that the honey mix stays on your hair, so this one requires a really diluted solution of honey in water. I used a tablespoon of honey in 4 cups of very warm water. Stir, stir, stir! You do not want a glop of honey in one part of your hair and none in another.
I carted both into the shower early yesterday, and out loud to myself wondered as I was headed off to a big day and could potentially be creating a disaster, ” Let’s see if this works…!” Once my hair was wet, half of the baking soda “shampoo” was poured slowly onto the top of my scalp and then, tossing my head foward, the rest was poured from the nape of my neck into my hair. I massaged it in a bit and did more of my usual shower while it sat on my hair for a few minutes.
When I rinsed out the baking soda mix I massaged my scalp a bit under the stream of water to be sure I got all the powder- and any product build-up remaining- out of my hair.
Next step: the honey mix gets glazed over the hair. I really concentrated on the ends since it is moisturizing, but first I poured some over the crown of my head.
I put a little super-natural curl potion on my very ends (a very small amount) and spent the morning astonished at the shine, freshness and fullness of my hair. The waves were in full swing and my scalp feels fabulous.
I’ve read that lots of people wash with baking soda frequently. For my hair, that tends to be dry and coarse/curly, it will be a once-a-week event. If you do too much with the baking soda, it can dry your hair in a big way. But as a weekly fresh start, the honey & baking soda shampoo is genius for me.
If you try it, let me know how it goes! I am going to try to tweak this with essential oils mixed into the honey , and will try it with raw honey, too, as the weeks progress! xoxo Dana