Secret ways you can use baking soda in your beauty routine

All of the shampoos, conditioners, and styling products you use on your hair can, over time, build up and leave it feeling weighted down and gunky. When your hair starts to feel this way, there’s one thing that can help get the gunk out, and of course that miracle product is our old friend baking soda. Beauty blog Byrdie suggests mixing it with water, three or four parts of the latter to one of baking soda, and applying the mix to your scalp and hair. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse it out with plain water. Finish up by rinsing your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar (about four parts water to one of vinegar) in order to restore a healthy pH balance (via Byrdie).

While you probably won’t want to replace your everyday shampoo with baking soda, it’s a good idea to skip the shampoo and use this clarifying baking soda treatment on a weekly basis. Baking soda will help your hair stay shiny clean and buildup-free, and — bonus! — can also help prevent dandruff.

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