Not too sure where my day went. I recently switched to washing my hair with baking soda and lemon, which I’ve meant to do for over a year. The basic formula is very simple; you begin by dissolving 1 T. baking soda with 1 cup water for washing, and 1 T. [acidic substance] with 1 cup water for conditioning/rinsing. From there, you experiment with quantities to find the most effective mix. The most common acid is apple cider vinegar, which I quickly discovered made my hair very oily. The Internet solved this problem; lemon/lime juice is much more suitable for blondes in general; especially those with straight hair.
My most recent baking soda wash left my hair frizzy, so today (two days later) I rinsed with lemon on honey. Honey softens hair, but unfortunately it seems I did not rinse it out so well. I felt a little sticky and did not want to leave my hair down, so I devised a braid.
What amazes me is how much cleaner I feel using baking soda to wash my hair. I’m used to the feel of foam building up in my hair, so it took a few weeks to adjust to using slippery “water” to clean myself. Instead of becoming oily, my hair stays clean and soft for most of a week. Chemically, alkaline baking soda cleans the hair and helps remove oils. The scalp is naturally acidic, so the vinegar/citrus rinse restores biological conditions and closes the cuticles of the hair strands.