At Vida Lúcida we have already talked about the multiple uses of sodium bicarbonate in health care and cleaning, and the uses of vinegar are also many. In this case, we will focus on the preparation of a natural hair shampoo, which will give us many benefits, not only in financial savings, but also in how healthy hygiene is with these products.
Properties of bicarbonate and vinegar suitable for cleaning
· The sodium bicarbonate has an acidic pH
· And vinegar has a low pH. But there is a wide variety of vinegars (such as wine, rice vinegar, apple, walnut). The vinegar that contains more acetic acid makes it more powerful.
When you mix the vinegar with the baking soda, since both are perfectly combined, a reaction is generated with the acid in the vinegar and the base that is the baking soda to form an ideal mixture to create a natural shampoo.
Sodium acetate is an abrasive, something like using salt directly. Actually the result will depend on the proportions of bicarbonate and vinegar that have been used.
It is advisable to use both products together and they should not be mixed to avoid an unwanted chemical reaction.
If you have dry hair, this system may not be the most appropriate for you, as baking soda can further dry out your hair.
Natural shampoo with baking soda
Preparation and application for hair washing
Before showering, prepare a mixture of a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of warm or hot water (short hair). In a small plastic bottle mix well, shaking vigorously.
The ratio is one-part sodium bicarbonate to three parts water. If your hair is very long you will need 3 or 4 tablespoons of natural shampoo.
· The hair is washed with this mixture and left to act for 1-5 minutes.
· Rinse the baking soda with clear water.
· Do not use more than once a week
Using vinegar as a conditioner
To use it as a hair conditioner, you can use both apple cider vinegar, or cider vinegar and distilled white vinegar.
You can mix two tablespoons of vinegar and add it to a cup of warm water. Then the content should be introduced into a bottle and shaken, once it is well mixed it can be put directly on the hair and distributed very well.
The smell of vinegar should not be a problem, if the proportions are mixed very well, in addition, once rinsed, the smell disappears but not its beneficial properties for the hair.
Optionally, 3 drops of lavender, rose or geranium essential oil can be added to perfume the hair.
It is important to know that the strong alkalinity of sodium bicarbonate, if used regularly, in the long term, it can damage the hair, even using apple cider vinegar as a lightener.
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