OMG: NaHCO3 & CH3COOH + H2O = Beautiful Hair

Over the last couple of months I kicked my regular shampoo and conditioner out of the apartment. I told them they weren’t allowed to come back because they just cost too much money. I found myself having to change it every month or so (I had at least three sets, all different brands) in order to keep my hair from looking like straw. That and other hair products were just costing me way too much money. My boyfriend and I are trying to keep everything as cheap as possible lately because saving money is cool.

It’s been a while and I am absolutely loving the benefits of being frugal:

Not bad, hey? My hair is naturally curly and it has, literally, never been this soft in my life. Well, not since I can remember at least unless it was brought on by some kind of expensive serum I stuck in my hair. It’s a lot easier to work with now. I still straighten it, a heat protectant is a must (I use TRESemmé Heat Tamer, not tested on animals). My hair now costs me almost nothing each month. A box of baking soda will last for a couple months, it’s cheap, and the apple cider vinegar lasts for longer. Consider purchasing some bottles to put your new beauty products in to make your life easier. Here’s my gig:


The recipes I use are as follows:

Baking Soda Rinse (Shampoo Replacement)

  • 1 part baking soda, 3 parts water (I use: 1/4 cup baking soda, 3/4 cup water; lasts about 3 days)
  • Learn more about using Baking Soda for Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (Conditioner Replacement)

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar, 2 parts filtered water (I use: 1/2 cup ACV, 1 cup water; lasts for about 10 days)
  • If you’re an essential oils kind of person, you can add some of your favourite oils as well
  • Learn more about using Apple Cider Vinegar as a Hair Cleanser

Keep a plastic cup in your bathroom and fill it up with cold water before you start up your shower, when you’re done your wash routine and are ready to get out, bend yourself over and pour the cold water over your head. It’s not upsetting, it’s a great wake-up actually. It feels great, and it seals in the moisture!

I keep a bottle of TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo (not tested on animals) around for the days I don’t feel like washing my hair (because cleaning your hair every day is actually bad for it, at least for mine) and it works wonderfully.

The fact that I still use some hair product because of the straightening and not-washing my hair every day, I have to make sure I have a bottle of store-bought shampoo kicking around because baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinses won’t get all of the product out and can leave you with greasy looking hair. My boyfriend uses TRESemmé shampoo only (also not tested on animals), so I just borrow a dab of his from time to time when I need it. Afterward, continue as usual with the baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinses. Your hair will look amazing and non-greasy, I promise.

If you have any other tips and tricks you’d like to share, please do! 

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