Since going natural with my hair care, I have done a lot of research and experimenting with natural alternatives to traditional shampoos, which have harsh detergents, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. One of the DIY treatments that I have come across is baking soda and apple cider vinegar as a “no poo method.” I even complied a list of 10 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair. Some people swear by it (keep in mind this treatment is also used to unclog drains, among a long list of household usages).
Fellow Babble contributor Mari Hernandez-Tuten explains how she uses this treatment in place of her shampoo and conditioner: “no shampoo and no conditioner. You wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar, that’s it.”
Hernandez-Tuten goes on to explain that she has eschewed traditional shampoo and conditioner for vanity purposes (she’s trying to get her shiny locks back), and that store-bought detergents strip hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to produce even more oil, until you’re lathering up every day to avoid the dreaded “greaser” look.
There is no scientific research to support or refute these claims. According to the Beauty Brains, “in actual lab testing we’ve haven’t been able to demonstrate much of an effect from vinegar [in regards to hair]…Using baking soda as a shampoo substitute (i.e., as a dry shampoo) does make some sense because the powder can absorb oil and some surface dirt.” In theory, both apple cider vinegar and baking soda may be effective in performing SOME of the duties of shampoo. But they are not detergents and will not efficiently clean your hair and scalp as well as a shampoo.
With that said, apple cider vinegar and baking soda both have unconventional usageS that have shown to be effective. Although it is not a detergent both have properties that MAY work for hair. They have been used together and separately for a variety of beauty purposes. I wouldn’t completely rule out this “no poo method” but I also wouldn’t use it as my only hair cleansing method.
Would You Consider Using Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda in Place of Your Shampoo & Conditioner?