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How has washing my hair in Bi-Carb soda been?

Posted by Bee & John on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

I started writing my Scents and Centsability book early this year (how to make your own personal and cleaning products - More information here) when I had a slight downturn in my Thermy business but wanted to keep busy.


I can honestly say that writing that book has changed my life!! Not only the fun of writing the book and the wonder of seeing the interest IN the book.... but also, we now make so many of our own cleaning and personal products and we save a fortune!!


Now that I have been using these products for a while, I thought I would, periodically, let you know how they have been going.


First in this series, is...

Washing Hair in Bi-Carb soda


Just to re-iterate, (I think I only mention it a hundred times in my book) is that my hair is fine, uncoloured, short and super OILY. I started washing it in Bi-Carb soda followed by a vinegar rinse nearly 6 months ago.


Lessons I have learnt

  • My hairdresser told me that they are taught to use a bi-carb soda wash on hair with lots of hairspray in it, as it is the only thing that cuts all that product, interesting!
  • My sister told me that the be-carb was starting to take out the colour in her hair. As I don't have any colour in my hair I didn't even think about that... just be aware!
  • Most definitely that less Is More. At first I was using too much of both the bi-carb and the vinegar!
    • **For my short hair I only need about 1/4 teaspoon of bicarb and
    • **only a light spray with vinegar after rinsing out the bicarb
  • For it to be truly effective, the bicarb has to be DISSOLVED properly and has to be dissolved in at least 1/2 a cup or so or it won't get to all of my hair/scalp when it's poured over my head
  • Leaving my diluted bicarb wash on my head for 30 seconds is great - any longer and it starts to dry out my hair
    • **Rinsing out the bi carb is essential!!
    • **Rinsing out the vinegar is optional. If your hair is getting dry, or you don't use a spray bottle for your vinegar then you are probably using too much. Dilute a little vinegar in some water, rub it into your scalp, wait a little and wash out.
  • Use about equal amounts of bi-carb wash to vinegar rinse, ie: if you are using 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb, only about 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. Just a quick recap on why we use vinegar... it will neutralise the alkalinity of the bi-carb and bring your scalp to a neutral pH - so, if you have TOO much vinegar it will tip your hair/scalp OVER the neutral line and into acidity.
  • Washing in bicarb 7 days a week without moisturisers slowly dried out my hair and I found I do need some moisturising.
    • **Once or twice a week I slather some of my Super Light lotion made with Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil
    • **If my hair seems VERY dry, I put a squirt or two of Jojoba oil straight into my palm, rub over my hands and then rub into the ends of my hair. Expensive this way? Weeeeeellllll..... it's only your perspective. A litre of Jojoba oil cost me $75, whereas a small tube of oil treatment from the hairdresser's would cost me about $4. Gram for Gram though, that "cheap" 5-10g tube of oil treatment will cost you about $400-$800 per litre AND it wouldn't actually be Jojoba Oil (THE best oil for your skin or hair)
  • Adding peppermint, or any other, oil to the Bee's Blocks I use to wash my hair (I get 3 washes per block) made my hair smell nice but the oil made my hair oily!!
  • After about 4 months, all of a sudden, I couldn't get my hair to sit right... it was looking bland, heavy and weirdly both oily and dry.. it was strange indeed! I even went back to using my shampoo to see if it was the bi-carb wash... Nope it wasn't! What was it? I had purchased a new "super" drying hairdryer that super dried my hair!! Once I figured that out, I went and bought another hairdryer that dried normally and super treated my hair with Jojoba Oil overnight... problem fixed.


So, it is nearly 6 months after I started my little experiment and what do I do now?

I cut down the amount of bi-carb I was using to only 1/4 of a teaspoon

I have reduced the amount of vinegar I use to rinse my hair

I add a fraction of Super Light lotion to the ends of my hair before drying my hair with a hairdryer (I use the lotion on my face and hands and rub the residue left on my fingers into my hair)

once a week I rub a good blob of Super Light lotion through my hair and leave it overnight. The next day I use a little shampoo, not bi-cab, to wash it out (about the same, 1/4 a teaspoon of shampoo in 1/2 a cup of water). The rest of the week I swap between using my shampoo or the bi-carb soda/vinegar.


The Questions I will ask in this series of posts....


Does it work...



Would I use it



Would I use it regularly

Not 100% of the time over a long period - not for my fine hair anyway. But DEFINITELY continue to use it 3-4 times a week.


How has it affected me

  1. My hair used to be oily by the end of the day... now I find it stays oil free the WHOLE day
  2. My back does not get ANYWHERE near as itchy as it used to get with shampoo continually running down my back after rinsing my hair
  3. My excema attacks under my rings (they would flare up bright red and VERY sore) have not happened once since I started this method of washing my hair.


Is it cheaper?

YES! Not only is bi-carb soda so very cheap, but I now use the same technique for bicarb for my shampoo... as in using 1/4 teaspoon (Nioxin IS quite a concentrated shampoo anyway) dissolved in 1/2 cup of water... and it is amazing how well it washes my hair and how easy it is to rinse out.


Would I recommend it?



Have I heard anything from other people using this?

Yes, I have heard that "my hair now doesn't need washing every day!" from one person and "that was amazing!" from another. Happy to hear ALL your comments!!!


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