Home Remedies for the Hair: Baking Soda and Vinegar

There are countless home remedies for improving the condition of the hair, but two of the best ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. These two miracle ingredients are baking soda and apple cider vinegar. 

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has a multitude of household uses. It's used in baking as a leavening agent, it's an effective antacid, and can even be used as a fire extinguisher.  Baking soda also has plenty of haircare uses as well. It can be mixed with shampoo to create a paste that will remove even the most stubborn hairspray buildup. This mixture also helps to remove and slough away dead skin cells from the scalp, and helps to relieve itching caused by dandruff, eczema and psoriasis.

Baking soda also has the ability to absorb odors. If your hair has an odor caused by smoke, perm solution, food, or any other substance, saturating the hair with a paste made from baking soda and water will help to eliminate the offending smell. Baking soda also helps remove chlorine buildup from the hair.

Vinegar is equally as versatile as a home remedy for the hair. Since vinegar is acidic in nature, it has the ability to remove mineral buildup on the hair caused by hard water. Vinegar, much like baking soda, also helps to neutralize offensive odors. Perhaps the most impressive quality of apple cider vinegar, however, is its ability to make the hair sleek and shiny. This is because acidic substances help to seal the hair's cuticle, the same way that conditioners do. A vinegar rinse also helps to lock in haircolor and keep it from fading.

Vinegar has also been used as a home remedy for the treatment of lice, but the effectiveness of this remedy is very much in dispute. Vinegar is also believed to have the ability to kill germs and fight infections, and has been used over the years to treat everything from dandruff to psoriasis. While vinegar might have some antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, the high acid content may cause burning and irritation to the scalp.

These two ingredients, as you can see, are effective in solving a variety of hair problems, but best of all they are inexpensive and readily available. Just don't mix them together, however, since the alkalinity of baking soda will neutralize the acidity of the vinegar, leaving you with a combination that won't do anything but produce a lot of fizz.