Effects of baking soda and vinegar, specifically apple, on hair and skin?I have lots of chemical sensitivities that have contributed to chronic illness for much of my life, and a year ago found the no-poo movement. My health has dramatically improved since I’ve stopped using body chemicals, but I’m left with lots of questions about what’s actually effective and safe and what’s just hype. I’d love to hear all of your opinions and real science instead of the searches that I’ve done which pull up thousands of blogs on how awesome everything is.The most well known version of no-poo is baking soda to wash and vinegar to condition. The theory is that the alkaline BS strips oil but also lifts the hair cuticle, and the acidic vinegar is diluted and used to reset pH and smooth the cuticle back down.My questions are:How realistic is this theory?What actually happens to the hair and scalp when baking soda is used on it? Can it destroy the proteins in it like it does when used to tenderize meat? Does alkalinity lift hair cuticles, which can then be theoretically broken off or damaged if not closed? What other effects does an alkaline environment have? (I’ve never actually used BS on my hair…)What happens to hair when the vinegar is used on it? The common wisdom is to dilute it so it’s not too acidic. What kind of damage can too high an acidity do? What is too high? I noticed that ACV (apple cider vinegar) relaxes my very fine ringlets, making them limp and not curling as high up my head. I stopped using it and now my hair curls to my crown. What kind of damage was the vinegar doing to cause this effect? Are there long term consequences to using it, even diluted?When using hard water to wash, we experience the conversion of oils on our hair into what we term as ‘wax’. It becomes stiff and sticky and is extremely difficult to work with and remove. Something in the ACV helps to delay its formation and to soften it and make it easier to remove, even in the presence of hard water. Do you know why this is? Do you know of other things that could have the same effect?I have lots of other questions. What is the best way to format them? Should I make a new post for each related group or put them all together in a mega post?Thanks for such a neat place! I’ve already learned a ton while lurking, and look forward to hearing what you all say.
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