|My curl definition after the baking soda treatment|
The stuff you need:
- baking soda
- water bottle
- a styler of choice or conditioner
- 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?