A {Surprising} Hair Trick.


Yesterday morning I attended an event, put on by Arm & Hammer at DreamDry, where we were treated to a “baking soda infused” blow-out. I was curious but a little skeptical at first… I mean, DreamDry has nailed the perfect blow-out, so why mess with it? But what they did was kind of genius… and something I’d never even heard of.

While shampooing my hair, my stylist mixed a hefty dose of baking soda in with the shampoo. The result? The loveliest, fizzing, deep cleansing shampoo I’ve ever had. She massaged the mixture into my scalp, exfoliating it {and probably sloughing off layers of dry shampoo in the process.} My scalp has never felt better, and my hair was also super shiny as a result. Best {and cheapest} new beauty trick I’ve heard of in ages! Do this at home for a DIY spa treatment.


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  1. Gardenias and Mint:

    My boyfriend exclusively uses a baking soda and water mixture for shampoo and an apple cider /water mixture for conditioner! I usually use it when I need a good detox, it really does feel like you’ve started fresh!


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  2. Emily:

    I’d never heard this before! Definitely going to try it for the same dry shampoo reason : ) thanks for the tip!

    Emily, The Glam Files

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  3. best of BKLYN:

    This is brilliant- never thought of trying this.

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  4. the fabulous life of a natural disaster:

    Such a great tip – thanks for sharing! Love that pic of Ashley too 🙂

    x abigail, the fabulous life of a natural disaster

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  5. Rose:

    Ummm totally trying this next time I wash my hair!! Thanks for the tip, Grace 🙂

    Blonde in this City

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  6. Jaclyn Mittman:

    Such a great idea! I never knew you could use baking soda for a clarifying shampoo!!

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  7. toniegirl:

    I am imagining my hair feeling gritty and textured, but am trusting you and trying it out. Hoping for the results you had!

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  8. kim:

    So is this ok for hair that’s colored, too?

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    • Grace Atwood:

      To be honest I’m not sure! My hair is colored but blonde – so I was fine. They did the treatment on everyone at the event so I don’t think it is thaaattt bad… but it is akin to using a clarifying shampoo so I think it will fade color. Honestly, though, the more I read… even water is bad for colored hair…

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  9. Saša Rakovec:

    I have to try it!

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  10. thecreativebent:

    Seems lik a great tip! I will just try it… was on my way to a bath.. so I couldn’t come across the post at a better time 🙂


    Swati @ The Creative Bent

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  11. Kaysha Comfort:

    It’s amazing all the miracles baking soda can perform. I have never tried this trick, but I will absolutely be trying it now that I know about it. I cannot wait to get that wonderful clean scalp feeling the you speak of! Oh, how lovely it sounds!

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  12. Dannon @ Like The Yogurt:

    WWWWHAT!?!? I’m trying this asap!! Thank you Grace!!! 🙂


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  13. Anna:

    Hi Grace! How much baking soda would you say makes up a hefty dose? I definitely want to try this but I don’t want to over do it! Thanks 🙂

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  14. Elizabethdx:

    Thanks for a fabulous tip! Tried it and am really happy!

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  15. coffeeteamimi:

    This sounds awesome! Apparently baking soda is a good exfoliator for your face too! And here I just thought it was good for baking.

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  16. Josie // Hello Josephine:

    I’ve done this for years after finding it as a tip in some magazine. I believe the general ratio I’ve used based on that advice was one part baking soda to two parts shampoo (a teaspoon in your normal squeeze of shampoo would probably be enough). However, it’s meant as a clarifying treatment to strip your hair of product buildup and not a regular treatment. The benefits of doing it occasionally feel great, but you may find it too abrasive on the hair to do more than once a month 🙂 That’s my experience anyway! And yes, it’s a great exfoliator for your skin and face, too!

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  17. Comfy Cozy CoutureComfy Cozy Couture:

    I read this somewhere a few months ago and do it occasionally! Just make sure you rinse it out well or it will look like dandruff…not so cool. haha

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  18. Corinne:

    Wow awesome tip, will definitely be giving this one a try!


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