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Since my latest setback for which my overzealous lathering up with herbal essences hey hydration shampoo is partially to blame, I’ve been on the hunt for a gentler means to wash my hair. I have been utilizing the whats up hydration shampoo for a bit over a yr and never seen the striping effect. Probably because I always washed my hair with a watered down mixture of the shampoo. I would mainly squirt a few drops of the shampoo into a bowl of water and wash my hair with the mixture. However, this time, for some purpose I utilized the shampoo on to my hair without diluting, lathered, rinsed and was left with striped, tangled, dried out strands. Even after repeatedly conditioning my hair, it nonetheless felt striped, dry and tangled. I used to be ultimately in a position to detangle my hair utilizing the tactic described on this post hair woes..

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After this experience, I had no intention of utilizing the howdy hydration shampoo again.. and so started my hunt for a gentle non striping alternative. My search led me to the apparently well known and broadly discussed baking soda wash (for cleaning) and apple cider vinegar (for conditioning) routine.

Baking soda does a 3 issues: It cleans your hair, ‘thickens’ it by coating the strands and opens up the cuticle to let moisture in

Apple cider vinegar removes construct up, situations your hair and closes the cuticle (trapping moisture and making your hair smoother and shinier)

So that is how it works:
– Make your baking soda mixture. Different people do this in different ways. Some use a teaspoon of baking soda in three cups of water, some use a cup of baking soda in a cup of water. I guess you have to experiment to figure out what works for you. I went with a heaped tablespoon of baking soda in 2 cups of water

– Pour the baking soda mixture on your hair and scalp and gently scrub your scalp
– Make your apple cider vinegar mixture. Again, different individuals use totally different ratios. I use a mixture that is 1 part ACV and 2 parts water. So a cup of acv and a couple of cups of water.

– Pour the mixture on your hair
(I would not advocate detangling at this level because the mixture doesn’t give your hair any slip)

– Rinse totally
– Dry
(I usually air dry)

I found that the smell of the acv disappeared as soon as my curly weft hair was dry. My hair appeared thicker, was easier to detangle, easier to comb by and very gentle.

Pros:
– My hair appeared thicker (I know that is faux thickness because curly weft the baking soda coats and fills out the strands making them seem thicker.. However, it’s good enough for me especially as thicker strands = easier detangling)
– My hair was delicate and had a sheen to it. (It wasn’t super shiny however had a nice lustre)
– Inexpensive

Cons:
– The time it takes to make the mixtures. (It is a weak con but a con nonetheless)
– Determining what to do with my stash of shampoos and conditioners..

Have you tried cleaning and conditioning with baking soda and ACV What was your experience with it

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