My Croatian nana was always full of wisdom, especially when it came to handy little tips and tricks using what she had lying around at home. She could make up a cake out of a handful of flour and oil and would call it the “war cake”. Since becoming a mum, I am beginning to really appreciate her way of thinking.
So my nana would freshen up her hair with baking soda. Back in the day they didn’t have dry shampoo, so they made the most of what they had. And that entailed sprinkling a little bit of baking soda under their roots, rubbing it in and brushing it out. I smile when I think back. Funny, how the dots connect, eh? While we can’t see into the future, as Steve Jobs pointed out in his commencement address to an audience of graduates back in 2005, we can certainly and only look back at the past and see how the dots have connected.
When I became pregnant, suddenly my hair started greasing up and no amount of shampoo could wash it out. I went silicone and paraben free for a while, and even that didn’t help My little grease monkey that was sitting on top of my head.
It was then that I remembered my nana and her often unorthodox approaches – and the Baking Soda Hack was born.
I have tried a few different ways, but the one that seems to work best for me is:
Wetting my hair as normal under the shower
Lathering my normal shampoo into the roots. I don’t wash my ends at all, this has really helped with split ends for me. Some shampoo will always reach the ends, so I always try and massage the shampoo into the roots and into my scalp.
Then, I will sprinkle a little baking soda on my roots and all the greasy parts of my hair, about 1tsp. You might be able to make up a mixture of water and baking soda in a spray bottle (a cheap travel sized one from Primark will work fine for this) and spray it into the affected areas.
Generously massage the shampoo and soda all your hair and scalp leaving the ends and wash out.
I condition my ends, but not the roots or occasionally I also condition my roots.
Sometimes, maybe once or twice a month, I will also use a cleansing shampoo, just to wash out any build up.
10 months on, my hormones are still balancing out, and who knows the hair might never go back to what it was. But that’s ok.
I am going to torment my baby daughter with my alternative hair approaches so one day she can look back at this memory fondly when she tells her children about it.
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