using vinegar and baking soda to replace shampoo

@hotsummer (10309)
Philippines
May 2, 2012 6:53am CST
i have read that as i was looking online for alternative for shampoo as my hair is so thin now from daily shampooing. there are different opinions. some says it is good to use baking soda daily. some says it is not that safe. so to be sure i will just use baking soda like once a month or as needed. but i will try to avoid to shampoo less often. but i will do it gradually.
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@fheroan (619)
• Philippines
3 May 12
hi there hotsummer.. It is said that you should not shampoo your hair everyday, instead shampoo it every other day.. I had hair problems, my hair was dry and frizzy and thinning... and the natural remedies we used are egg and mayonnaise for dry and frizzy hair... we also used apple cider with rosemary leaves before for thinning hair... the only problems with these are that its not nice to the nose.. lol, especially the apple cider so i washed my hair after putting those ingredients for about 30 - 1 hour. But I never heard baking soda good for hair, I only heard its good for whitening teeth, and for the vinegar, they're good for skin, because my mom had cold sores before and she tried a lot of medications bu they didn't work, then she used vinegar, and the cold sores were gone.. Anyways, have a nice day!
@cupkitties (6812)
• United States
2 May 12
I mix green tea and apple cider vinegar to use as a toner and occasionally for my scalp. It makes my hair shiny and soft. The baking soda method didn't impress me. There are organic shampoos that work 10x better, but they are rather expensive.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
2 May 12
I had never heard of using these ingredients as a replacement for shampoo products. I know that baking soda has a lot of good uses and vinegar as well. I can see the potential there. I think it would be very interesting to try it for myself. With the rising cost of everyday products, it would not be a bad idea to look for alternative options when we can.
• Philippines
2 May 12
Yes, using shampoo frequently is harmful to our health. I've tried using baking soda on my hair for 6 months. It caused my hair to be really dry, but it lightened my hair. I guess it's a natural bleacher. I've also tried vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar. It made my hair feel soft. It may smell bad but it disappears once it's washed with water.
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@almond24 (1251)
• Hungary
2 May 12
I have tried baking soda instead of shampoo because I wanted to use something natural. It made my hair very dry and tangled. You can try and see how it works on your hair, but I think it's not the best for daily use. I would only use it to clarify my hair once in a while because I found it very harsh... but again, what works for one, doesn't work for others. I found that shampoos which don't contain sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate are rather mild and not so harsh on the hair. I use vinegar mixed with water after washing my hair, and it makes it shinier.
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• United States
2 May 12
I firmly believe that different things work well for different people. Some people say that's it's nice to "change things up" when it comes to washing your hair. Sometimes a change is an improvement. I've used baking soda and vinegar for cleaning around the house but I've never used it on my hair. I would suggest experimenting with it to see if you like the results. If you don't try it... you might never know. Good luck!
• United States
2 May 12
I have used baking soda to wash my hair in the past on an occasional basis and it does get my hair clean. I've heard it can be drying to the hair so I don't use it very often. I think it is worth a try, though. I have also tried to use vinegar in the past. I used apple cider vinegar to rinse because I was using shampoo bars, and the website I bought them from said to use this as a rinse, particularly if you have hard water, in order to avoid build-up. I did get a lot of build- in spite of using the apple cider vinegar; in fact it seemed to be worse when I used it. I have used white vinegar with better results.