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Using Baking Soda As A Natural Texturizer

Cherry Lola hair treatment ingredients Ah baking soda. To begin with we loved you then Kimmaytube told us you were evil after which many of us disagreed and threw caution to the wind because it’s ‘all natural’ so couldn’t possibly be that bad. What’s a girl to do when a baking soda texturizer comes ‘a calling?

In spite of the warnings, baking soda has been used in beauty regimens quite successfully for many decades. Some people use it to cleanse their face, clean teeth or even as a natural deodorant!

Using baking soda as a texturizer is nothing new, it’s made its way around hair forums and blogs for a good few years. I’ve heard a few people refer to it as a ‘baking soda relaxer’ but it takes more than just alkalinity to create a true relaxer so don’t expect straight hair!

The treatments below don’t truly texturize your hair in the traditional sense either in that they will not relax your natural curl. What happens is that they help very coily hair with clumping so that your natural curl pattern is more visible. The end result is softer shinier hair and better definition of curls that hang down instead of sticking outwards.

There are a few old but epic threads on various forums with ladies using baking soda as a texturizer. From what I gathered, there are quite a few ways to use it.

1. Some ladies just mix it up with a water to create a paste then slap in on their hair.

2. Some combine baking soda with enough conditioner to make a thick cream and apply it.

3. Some even mix it with milk of magnesia (another alkaline product) to make a thick paste before applying.

In terms of how long they are leaving the mixtures in their hair, it varies widely. Some are leaving it in for 30 minutes and some for 7 hours!

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About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.

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  1. 1
    Shanae Harris says:

    Very interesting. I think I will try it. Can I use both yogurt and conditioner or maybe cowash after the treatment. I don’t want to smell of yogurt all week.

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    Robyn Kleinhans says:

    I’m thinking of mixing the baking soda with my DC (Replenishing Pak)and using it as a prepoo and afterwards washing with Creamy Aloe shampoo as it has neutralizing properties. Think this might work? I’m trying to stretch my relaxers a little longer than usual but I want to try this out to keep my roots and new growth as soft and manageable as possible.

  3. 5

    Wow! I didn’t know.

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  5. 7

    Amber Pullie definitely try this!

  6. 8

    Say what?

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  8. 10

    Is baking soda and bicarbonade of soda the same thing?

  9. 13

    Yes it’s really good, I’ve been using baking soda since I started the natural style.

  10. 14

    Does it really help stretch the curl pattern?

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  12. 16

    I am trying that this weekend!

  13. 17

    NO THANK YOU!!! I just read Curly Nikki’s explanation about the acidity and the pH factors and how ABRASIVE it is…and it’s scared the crap out of me! I’m NO chemist & I love my hair way TOO much to try experimenting with acid-like ingredients! Read this and determine for yourself, ladies….just don’t see a suggestion on here without researching it first! JMHO link to

    • 18

      I agree actually but remember that this treatment has yogurt which is acidic which will neutralize the alkaline pH of the baking soda. Having said that I would still need to have pH testing strips handy before applying to my hair :)

    • 19

      I am not sure it is yogurt because in her blog… curlnikki it metioned that baking soda alone was smelling bad. I did see a lot of youtube said it cleans well but smelling bad. You know how baking soda can smell bad but fizz when it is with something like apple vingear cidear? It got me to think again…if it fizz, how will it beheave on my hair> It probably burn like relaxer. Baking soda is seeming more powerful on their alone without yogurt . I dunno about amino , I never tried it before. I oly know Yogurt act as natural conditioner or relaxer to some. But it is more of deep conditioner to me. None texturizer. I tried ph balance strip. none bad.

    • 20

      I agree. I thought about the fizz too. I’ve even seen where they encourage to rinse with the vinegar. I’ve also read how it can make your hair hard/crunchy like…. Are people that desperate to change their curl pattern!?!? I’m just not comfortable doing it either.

  14. 21

    I don’t do food lol…. I’m good

  15. 22

    Baking soda strips your hair…no thanks.

  16. 23

    Baking soda messed my hair up.Will not try.

  17. 24

    This is the cherry Lola recipe, works amazing. I went from big chop to bra strap length in 3 yrs with 4b hair and have used brags backing soda and yogurt many times. The baking soda isn’t used alone, it oxidized the other ingredients so they work better. Don’t knock something you haven’t tried or even understand the chemistry behind. What works for some may not always work for others.

  18. 25

    I am four mouth natural and I need hope.

  19. 26

    How do people actually find out that these things work. I mean, who thinks of this?!!!

  20. 27

    I didn’t know that was POSSIBLE!

    • 28

      Quite often, many ideas are not original but have been knocking around for a while. It just depends on who decides to pick what idea, money, circumstance etc etc. These people very rarely get thanks, most people just take things they have for granted whether it be technology or medicine but somebody/bodies did experiments, got the results and then you got stuff! These clever people are your humble Doctors, Scientists and Engineers.

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