I happen to be one of those girls who, shall we say, don’t like to wash their hair very often. I actually do enjoy washing it, but I really prefer to do so only about twice a week. I really like to give my hair time to get oily and ensure I’m not stripping it of its natural oils more often than need be. So, I always go at least two days between washing.

But sometimes by that third day, things aren’t looking so good. So, I like to add even more oils to it by doing a coconut oil mask, or the like, since I always want to have healthy, hydrated strands.

After doing a coconut oil treatment on top of greasy hair every other week or so, combined with occasional dry shampoo use, I end up with a lot of product buildup. And the way I can tell is because my hair doesn’t feel like it’s ever reallllly getting clean. On top of that, it falls very flat, lacks volume and seems to get greasy more quickly than usual.

Whenever this happens, I know it’s time for a baking soda rinse.

Now, I can’t remember where exactly I read this tip, but I gave it a shot and haven’t looked back since. I’ll mix about a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water in a mug. Once I’m in the shower and have wet my hair, I pour the baking soda rinse over my scalp, making sure I don’t miss any spots. I avoid the ends, since the roots are the area I’m targeting. Greasy roots and dry ends….what a joy.

Once it’s in my hair, I scrub it just as I would with shampoo. Then I’ll give it a couple minutes to sit while I wash my body, then it’s rinse time. I once let it sit in there for like 15-20 minutes and I will say that was way too long, so just a few minutes will do the job. When you rinse it out, you can really feel the difference in your scalp. After rinsing, sometimes I’ll go ahead and shampoo then condition as normal. Other times, I’ll just go straight to conditioner. It really clears out product buildup and, in my experience, has done so without any damage. I love how baking soda can do this just as it can rid your teeth of surface stains. Baking soda is my secret beauty weapon. Shhhh.

I wouldn’t recommend doing this any more than once or twice a month, which has been my max and it’s been working for me, because you want to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils too often or over-drying your scalp. Also, just to clarify, I do have color in my hair and haven’t noticed any damage or change in its appearance, in case that was a fear. If you give it a shot, let me know what you think!

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