**Baking Soda Detangler Mixture for Natural Hair**
As I was perusing the blogs on Tumblr, I ran across Jassy’s post on using baking soda and olive oil in her hair. Reading further down she mentioned using baking soda as a detangler. You can read more on her post here.
A quick background on using baking soda on hair. At first I was a bit hesitant when considering the pH balance of the hair. After all, the balance of the pH in natural hair is what helps to keep our strands healthy, which inevitably allows for growth. The human hair strand has a pH of about 4.5 or 5.5. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. Anything between 0-6.9 is considered acidic, 7 is neutral, and 7.1 to 14 is alkaline (or basic). Many hair products can disrupt the natural pH balance in the hair so this become extremely important in figuring out which products work best for your hair. Products that are high in alkaline cause the hair cuticle to lift or open allowing moisture in. Products that are high in acid cause the hair cuticle to close. The pH of baking soda (aka Sodium bicarbonate NaHCO3) is approximately 8, which tells you exactly what this product will do. I love that I took Chemistry not too long ago and that it is now helping me to better understand these things. Nerd at heart…yes, indeed!
Mixing this detangling concoction, I combined 3/4 cups of baking soda with my Trader Joe’s Nourish conditioner along with 2 tablespoons of Virgin Olive Oil. I was nervous about using just 1 tablespoon of the VOO, so I added 2. I wish I had pH strips to test the balance of the final product.
I mixed everything in a bowl, applied it to my hair and left on my hair for about 45 minutes covered with a shower cap. The final outcome…easily detangled hair!
**click on the photos for the description of what I did**
I give this concoction 5 curls out of 5 curls! Let me know if you decide to try this and feel free to share your results.