27 March, 2012

Baking Soda for Low porosity

My curl definition after the baking soda treatment
I had a major awakening today. After 4 years of being natural, my hair has never felt this good and I know I must not be the only one who hasn't figured out their hair completely either even after many years of being natural. So, I hope this helps someone else. I've written a couple of posts on low porosity in the past couple of days and what it means for your hair especially when doing the CG method or wearing only WNGs. Well, I followed the advice Elle of questfortheperfectcurl gave in her video that I posted yesterday about doing a baking soda treatment (she calls hers the Cherry Lola treatment). That particular treatment required a few ingredients that I didn't have readily available so I didn't to that (but I will in the future). The below is what I did though. A reader also left a comment with a link that mentioned baking soda at well (thanks Petitafro).

The stuff you need:
  • baking soda
  • water bottle
  • a styler of choice or conditioner
The steps:
  • I diluted about 2 tbsp of baking soda in about 2 cups of water ( I eyeballed it)
  • I first of all wet my hair in the shower using slightly warm water to encourage my cuticles to raise a little
  •  I followed that by saturating my hair with the baking soda mix (I used a spray bottle for ease of application)
  • I covered my hair with a shower cap and a knit hat and left the treatment in for about 20 minutes
  • when I took off the shower cap, can I tell you that my hair has NEVER been this soft in my life EVER?!?!?! It was amzeballs....so this is what it feels like for moisture to penetrate your strands?
  • anywhos...I washed off the baking soda really really well> I had initially thought I might want to do an Acid Cider vinegar (ACV) rinse but I thought that might close my cuticles back down way too much.
  • and I proceeded to  apply Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream in sections and my curls were amazing and so well defined. I felt that for the first time, the cream was doing what it ought to have been doing from the get go
  • I took some pictures lol and rinse off some of the Jane Carter cream 'cuz lady here got too heavy-handed due to unabashed excitement haha :)

This is my hair wt with the Jane Carter. I got too zealous with the application :)
  •  I diffused it with the dryer for about 5 minutes as I was running late (yet I found time to take some more pictures smh)


Do you see that definition? Crazy right? My hair was still damp here

Yeah, hair care for me will never be the same. I mean, my hair hasn't been looking horrible it's just that I knew something was off. When I wet and condition my hair in the mornings, it feels great but I always have to rinse off almost all the conditioner otherwise, it would just sit on top of my hair and I would have to leave the house with white conditioner streaks. Well, since I usually get up about 15 minutes before I have to leave the house, that wasn't an option so I would just wash off most of the conditioner. My hair would feel great for the majority of the day but come evening, it would feel a little too parched.
My hair completely dry and the shine and definition are still crazy.




Basically, by introducing a product that is so alkaline like baking soda to my hair, I ensure that the cuticles are lifted ever so slightly to allow moisture into my hair shaft....and it worked, my hair feels so moisturized. I had been so focused on having all my products pH balanced (i.e. with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5) that I never for one minute thought that I probably ought to have been going the opposite direction. In case you are worried that this might be damaging to your hair, I say proceed with caution but I really don't think it will be because you might only need to do it a couple of times a year.

The morale of the story is listen to YOUR hair, not what others are telling you. When people say that when they apply product to their hair that all the product disappears into their hair, and that doesn't happen to yours, well listen to YOUR hair and try and figure out a way to fix it. 

So, is there anyone else out there who is willing to try baking soda?

45 comments:

  1. I had this same epiphany this morning about the low porosity and was doing some research when your blog post came up. I am off to try this right now! Crossing fingers that it works as well for me :)

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    1. Francine, isn't it crazy that it sometimes takes a while for us to"get" it? Let me know how it goes ok?

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  2. ohhhhh it's crazy!!
    your curls look amazing!!
    i'm happy for you! :)

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  3. OK I tried this last night and I love my hair now you are soooo cool. Alicia

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    1. Awesome! and if for some reason your hair is feeling a bit rough to the touch, do an Acid Cider Vinegar Rinse (1 cup of water to 2 TBSP of ACV. Thanks for your comment :)

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  4. You hair is off the chain!!
    I think have baking soda in the cabinet,will be trying this!!!!

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    1. Thanks Tianna. Let us know how it goes :)

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  5. Great post Christabel!! Fantastic analysis and advice for low porosity ladies!! I have a co-worker who has dubbed herself, "Sister in Search of Softness." I'll have to ask her how her hair has been faring with pre-poos and, if it's not improving, refer her to your post!!

    Shelli

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    1. Thanks Shelli, my hair definitely felt soft and moisturized like it never has.

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  6. Oh, and lady, your curls are BEYOND POPPING!!! Your hair is gorgeous!! I think I'm going to try the TMW this weekend. But, I won't be doing baking soda as my hair definitely isn't low porosity! LOL!!

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    1. You have beyong gorgeous hair...you will love the TMW :)

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    2. Awww, thanks Christabel:). I think I like it;). I'll be doing a post, hopefully tonight for publishing tomorrow, with my experience! Thank you!

      Shelli

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  7. well i have problem with my WnG where after hair is dry the curl are gone..I dnt know if i hve low porosity. but will try it out. I always here it baking soda can b drying for our hair..but ur hair look good.

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    1. The thing with WNGs is that it takes a while for your hair to build up the moisture needed to maintain your curls because curls that are frizzy are curls looking for moisture. Try leaving in more conditioner and wetting your hair everyday for a few weeks. I'm not a big gel user but I really like the AO gel. HTH

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  8. Thanks for responding..will try the baking so day..ur hair look awesome

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  9. Do u think I could apply this with my hair braided in section..spraying each section one at a time.

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    1. Are the braids with additional hair or just your hair? If it is just your hair, you can do it a braid at a time and then rinse and rebraid. I think that will work just fine

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  10. Looks good! I am deciding between the baking soda and TMW. I have a steamer but I think I forgot all about rinsing with cold water b/c my cuticles were super open after that! I have never tried an ACV rinse, so I may also utilize that. Thx for posting!

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    1. You know I already love the TMW so I say go for that. But if you have moisture problems and some baking soda lying around...I say go for that too. Yes, if your cuticles feel too lifted up, the ACV rinse is great for closing it back down.

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    2. Your hair looks great! I know what you mean about being natural for years and still learning. I've been natural for almost four years myself and just found out that my hair is low porosity so your post about baking soda helps me tremendously. Two questions, what is TMW, and secondly, do you think that applying a deep conditioner after rinsing the baking soda out will still produce the same results? TIA!

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    3. Thanks ma'am I'm glad the post helped. Yeah, we never stop learning do we? TMW is the Terressentials Mud Wash...I did a post on it in the past...you can search for it on the blog (sorry I'm replying from my nook so I can't post the link).

      Doing a DC after might actually be the best scenario as the condish can really get in there and impart all that moisturizing awesomeness. Please let me know if and when you you try it. Thanks for visiting and commenting you make my day :)

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  11. Ok, I will let you know. I'm so excited about trying it and finding a solution to my lo po hair! Thanks again for your post!

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  12. The Terresentials store was closed when I went so I will be trying the baking soda 2 days from now! I'll letcha know how it goes. Also, thx for the tip about the ACV. I'm excited!

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    1. You better hook me up when next you go cuz I will pay YOU for shipping and I'm sure it won't cost nearly as much as it does when you order it online.

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  13. K so I tried this last night: LOVED IT! I thank Shelli so much for turning me on to your site n recommending this post! :-) ( Good looking out Shelli!) I was skeptical but it did remove a lot of buildup and my hair responded to shampoo and condish as well as leave in like never before! It like vanished into my hair: YAAAAY! I will def be adding this to the regimen. It also makes me think I need to do the mud too just to remove buildup every now and then. I probably should've rinsed with the ACV but I was tired and didn't feel like searching for any. Next time I will def do the ACV rinse. Thanks again!

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    1. Awesome!! I am so stoked that it worked for you. Please let me know if your hair feels iffy after a few days since you didn't do the ACV. A friend did it but didn't do the ACV rinse and she still loves how her hair feels.

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  14. i came across this in search for people with results. i did this baking soda wash mixed in with my conditioner(i guess like a cowash) and rinsed it out and it didnt feel as rough , i then did a deep conditioner with honey and olive oil rinsed it out and then rinsed with ACV my hair has curls i have never seen before and im a 4 b i wasnt aiming for curls i was trying to clear up my hair because one of the serums i was using had cones in it lol, and baking soda is a good claryfing wash well you know if course i was stoked the first day but usually when i get my hair ready for bed then wake up in the morning its bak to its dryness well i was completely sold on baking soda bc i woke up the next morning with soft hair that had nothing on it and when i did put water on it it was amazing .i get really fed up sometimes lookinf for answers because most of the stuff talked about sealents which i didnt have a prob with keeping moisture in my hair if i could get it in their in the first place! i found out that i had really low porosity and this baking soda saved me from being discouraged im still shocked man , it deff doesnt work for everyone but i worked for me!

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  15. I will definitely be trying this. I have very strong, thick hair, but its so hard to get it moisturized! Spraying it with water does nothing and a lot of creams and butters just make it hard and greasy. good post; good info. thanks

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  16. Hi,
    Thanks for the post. Did you mix the conditioner with the ingredients in the water bottle (baking soda, water)? Or did you put the conditioner on afterward?

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  24. Think I'm gonna try it b/c product sits on top of my hair in the front and sides (not so much the back) but I never tried the baking soda. I love Jane Carter now... My now staple product. So I'll try your b.s. recipe and let u know

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  25. Girl you said it right there with the "I had been so focused on having all my products pH balanced (i.e. with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5) that I never for one minute thought that I probably ought to have been going the opposite direction." I noticed that a year and a half into my journey, my hair had not grown and I kept seeing little pieces of breakage EVERYWHERE even though I was following everything to a T! I JUST realized that putting a smidge of baking soda in my conditioner and styling products makes a WORLD of difference!! Now my hair actually hangs longer because it is FINALLY properly moisturized! Finally making headway on this journey!

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  26. I just found out that I am low porosity. I wanna do the baking soda treatment without using the apple cider vinegar. i dont want my cuticles back shut either. lol

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  27. Thanks for such an informative blog about low porosity and baking soda. I'm definitely low porosity and sometimes I feel like even water can't penetrate certain parts of my hair. I tried your baking soda treatment today, and even while putting it on my hair I could feel a difference! This is going to be a staple for me, for sure. Thanks again!

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  28. How often can you use the baking soda rinse?

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  29. I, too, would like to know how often to use the baking soda treatment?

    What are you using to wash your hair when you don't use baking soda? Clays? Shampoo bars? Castile soap in conditioner?

    Thanks for any replies!

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  30. Yup...will definitely try it

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