There are many D.I.Y tutorials floating around the web, but are they really giving us the honest truth about what we should and should not participate in? The Baking soda method has become a very popular and cheap way of cleansing and restoring moisture into the strands of straight hair. Truth be told, this method cannot be used on every type of natural hair, if any at all. We are all aware that every natural is not the same. We all have many different curl patterns within our hair and we are fully aware that our hair responds to things differently than it may someone else.
As for the Baking Soda method, (based on personal research) it is not recommended for those with majority 4b/4c type hair. Although many have labeled baking soda as another ingredient to our natural hair products, we must also remember that it is still a chemical and that it will effect our hair. 4b/4c hair, when wet, has a pH balance of about 4.5-5.5, which makes it acidic. Baking soda has a pH of 9.0, which makes it a base or alkaline. Therefore, baking soda opens up the cuticle layer of your hair just as an acid would close the cuticle layer of the hair. The baking soda along with water used to cleanse your hair causes for the pH balance to fluctuate, which explains why most natural hair products are usually pH balanced. Baking soda, however, is not.
The key to finding a good product that compliments your hair well, is by balancing out the pH. Also, being that the method is mostly popular with our straight-haired friends; stripping their hair of natural oils; we cannot really expect for the product to fulfill our needs. Natural hair thrives off of moisture, and textures such as 4b/4c, which are more dry than any other texture, cannot afford to strip their hair of any natural oils, as more extreme measures are necessary to restore the moisture. So, for you beautiful naturals out there, being cheap with this product just may disappoint your desired results., and remember “quality is everything”.