Hair Journey

Apple Cider Vinegar vs. Baking Soda for Natural Hair

Hey guys, I’ve had a couple of people ask me about what apple cider vinegar and baking soda do for hair. Let’s get one thing out of the way first: hair is acidic in nature i.e has a low pH (yes, chemistry was my favourite subject

in high school); so anything acidic will close the cuticles and anything basic will raise the cuticles. Here are my findings:

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Other than for salad dressings, it can be used for hair because:

  • It has antibacterial properties, so it may help with an itchy scalp and dandruff.
  • It balances the hair’s pH.
  • It helps close the cuticles which helps the hair retain moisture, reduce frizz, improve shine and makes detangling easier.

Because of these properties, apple cider vinegar is best for high porosity hair that needs help closing cuticles to retain moisture; or a dandruff-prone scalp.

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Other than a fizzing and leavening product, it can also be used for hair because it raises the cuticles to allow for moisture penetration and deep cleansing.

Its best for low porosity hair that needs help opening up the cuticles. In my opinion though, its best to follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse to close the cuticles and balance the hair’s pH, otherwise you run the risk of losing all that hard-earned moisture and introducing frizz.

With that information, reassess whether you really need to use or do something because some guru said so. No two heads are the same. With your hair porosity in your arsenal, all the best in your hair journey.


See you in the next one ❤


2 thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar vs. Baking Soda for Natural Hair

  1. I read an article a while ago that said Baking Soda is too harsh for hair and you should think twice about using it. However, having low porosity hair and being in the mood to try anything on my hair, I would be interested to give it a go. ACV is a staple in my routine, used once a month as a clarifying rinse, not sure what I would do without it!

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