Tightwad recently ran into her friend at the market, who was buying the dynamic duo baking soda (aka BS) and apple cider vinegar (aka ACV). When asked if she was planning to do any cleaning, she responded, “Oh yes! My hair!” Intrigued, Tightwad has done a little research and discovered that the combo of BS and ACV cleans residue out of your hair, whilst keeping it strong. Other benefits: environmentally friendly, chemically benign and inexpensive! That’s a win x 4!
Why does it work? The main benefit of baking soda is that it is a mild alkali with fine, slightly abrasive particles, which break down dirt and grease. BS can be drying, so keep it to the scalp rather than the tips. ACV is, obviously, acidic, so it balances the alkalizing effect of BS to restore hair’s natural pH levels. It helps kill bacteria and is a humectant, which means it helps hold in moisture.
Intrigued? Motivated? You need a clean, empty shampoo bottle or plastic squeeze bottle (average size), baking soda and water. Put about 5 teaspoons of baking soda in the bottle, add lukewarm water with enough room at the top to combine, and shake it together. Making the conditioner (aka ACV) is just as easy. You need a spray bottle, ACV and water. Using a ratio of 4:1 water to ACV, is about right.
When in the shower, wet hair and shake BS bottle again to ensure that it is evenly mixed. Pour it right on your hair and rub in well. Let it sit about a minute and rinse well. Next step, condition! Simply spray away and let the ACV mixture work its magic. Rinse and complete! Side note: this is also apparently an excellent cure for cradle cap.