There are several natural ingredients, which are beneficial natural growth and deep nourishment of your hair.
But, have you ever thought about baking soda? Apart from being one of the most important ingredients of cake, baking soda has many other benefits for your skin and hair. Baking soda works directly on your sebum and does wonders for your hair.
How does baking soda contribute to hair growth?
Baking soda is made up of Sodium and bicarbonate. Sodium improves the capacity of absorbing nutrition in various ways and ensures supply of adequate amount of oxygen and nutrients all throughout your body. It contains several properties, which are helpful in hair growth. For e.g.:
- It’s fine granules gently exfoliate the scalp and removes dead skin.
- Deeply removes dirt, oil and leftovers of hair products like shampoo/conditioner that clog your scalp pores.
- It soothes the scalp and reduces irritation which otherwise can lead to hair loss.
- It fights the fungi and bacteria, which cause infections in scalp and lead to various scalp issues.
- Makes your hair soft and shiny.
- Helps you to get rid of bad order, which is trapped in your hair follicles, and scalp.
- Gives you grease free and light feel hair.
All the above-mentioned benefits solve several hair problems and contribute to hair growth.
Baking soda hair masks for hair growth
- Baking soda, essential oil and apple cider vinegar
- Baking soda, aloe vera and honey
- Baking soda, eggs and castor oil
However, mixing baking soda with certain natural hair nourishing ingredients will improve the effects of baking soda and directly stimulate hair growth. Here are some DIY hair masks you need to try!
- Baking soda
- Make a mixture of baking soda and water in the ratio 1:4.
- Apply it on your hair, massage for 4-5 minutes, and wash off with warm water.
- To complete the process make a mixture of 4 parts of water, 1 part of apple cider vinegar and few drops of your favourite essential oil.
- Apply it on entire hair and leave unwashed.
- 4 tbsp Aloe Vera gel
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp coconut milk
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- Combine 4 tbsp Aloe Vera gel, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp coconut milk and make a smooth mixture.
- Apply the mixture on damp hair and leave it for 8-10 minutes.
- Rinse with tepid water.
- Mix 2 tbsp baking soda with some water and scrub your scalp to remove grease and impurities.
- Wash off with cold water.
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 3-4 eggs
- 2 tbsp castor oil
- Take 1 tbsp baking soda, 3-4 eggs, 2 tbsp castor oil in a bowl and mix well.
- Apply it on your scalp, massage for 5-6 minutes and later apply it on the rest of the hair.
- Let it stay for 20-30 minutes and wash off with mild herbal shampoo.
Things to keep in mind while washing your hair with Baking soda
Be careful with duration and dilution
You require a lot of water to lower the PH level of baking soda and make it safe for use. Usually you mix water and baking soda in the ratio of 1:3 but after a few uses, this may not benefit your hair.
Hence, it is advisable to mix 1 tsp baking soda in 16-oz water bottle and use as required. Also, do not leave baking soda solution on your hair for too long as it can damage your hair.
Wash off thoroughly
While you rinse your hair with baking soda make sure that all the residue of baking soda is completely removed from your hair scalp. As leftover baking soda can cause irritation in your scalp and can make it very dry.
Make apple cider vinegar mandatory
Condition your hair with apple cider vinegar after every session of baking soda hair wash. This helps to restore the PH level of your scalp and avoids dry and frizzy hair.
Pay attention to the results
Even though baking soda has many benefits, it is not necessary that it will suit everyone. After few sessions of baking soda usage, pay attention to your hair and decide accordingly.
If your hair is dry, frizzy and brittle, discontinue the use of baking soda. However if you hair is happy with baking soda you can use if once in two weeks and replace it with shampoo.
Baking soda works great on oily and greasy hair. It is suitable of other hair types too but if you have very sensitive scalp and hair fungal infections do not opt for baking soda as it may worsen your condition.