Baking soda in cowash?

Acoustic101Acoustic101 Posts: 13Registered Users
So I started looking up hair porosity today, and did a test to see if mine was low or not. Turns out it was (strand took FOREVER to sink in water). Everyone recommended baking soda so I decided to give it a try. I added:

1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup of GVP conditioning balm
1 tablespoon of olive oil

and deep conditioned for about 2 hours with a head thing on (no idea what the name is, guy here ha).

Hair feels soft, managable, clean and shine (I added Garnier Fructis hydra recharge light conditioner for a leave in after as well). Since my hair is a pain to get moisture into, and I have hard water, and I have protein sensitive thick coarse hair, would it be a good idea to add some baking soda to my usual handful of GVP co wash?


  • mustangbunnymustangbunny Posts: 1,033Registered Users
    I'm pretty new to CG myself but based on what I've read, you have to be careful about how often you use BS, and it should be followed by an ACV rinse. I would search the forum for info on that though. Good luck with your curls!

    Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
    Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
    Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
    PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
    Styler: Giovanni LA

    Go Red Wings!

  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    The float test isn't reliable. Most hair floats--mine does, and it's normal porosity. The best indicators of porosity are factors such as drying time, how long it takes to wet, whether it loses moisture quickly, etc. It does sound like your hair could be low porosity, though.

    Baking soda is very akaline, and very harsh. If you put 1/2 cup on your head and didn't use an acid rinse, I'm pretty surprised your hair isn't trashed, although that might be due to the GVP and oil. Using that amount again would be a very bad idea. Baking soda won't do anything against hard water. It can work as a clarifier in small amounts, but a sulfate shampoo would be less harsh. A chelating shampoo every once in a while will help with mineral buildup. If you want to continue using baking soda, always follow with a mild acid rinse (vinegar or citric acid), and keep in mind that you may start seeing damage over time. IMO, a chelating wash followed by a deep treatment would be a better idea.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel

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