How to loosen natural curls with baking soda

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How to loosen natural curls with baking soda
Skip the store bought straighteners that damage hair. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Naturally curly hair is a blessing and a curse, depending upon who you ask. For many, their naturally curly hair is a constant challenge involving chemical straighteners, trips to the salon and money needlessly spent on treatments that damage the hair and scalp. The use of baking soda is a more natural, safe way to loosen curls for women with any hair texture or length.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mild shampoo
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Conditioner
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • Plastic cling wrap

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash your hair with mild shampoo only. Do not use conditioner. Rinse the shampoo away and allow your hair to dry, until it is slightly damp, not soaking wet.

  2. 2

    Prepare a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup conditioner and 2 tbsp honey.

  3. 3

    Prepare a mixture of 1 cup normal conditioner and 2 tbsp avocado oil. Set this mixture in a small bowl next to your bathtub or bathroom sink.

  4. 4

    Work the baking soda and conditioner mixture through your hair, beginning at the scalp and moving down the shafts of the hair until you reach the ends.

  5. 5

    Cover your hair with a layer of plastic cling wrap and allow the baking soda mixture to remain for five to six hours.

  6. 6

    Rinse the baking soda mixture from your hair. Do not attempt to detangle or brush out your hair.

  7. 7

    Cover your hair with a healthy dose of the conditioner and avocado oil mixture.

  8. 8

    Allow the mixture to remain for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. The mixture will help renew some of the moisture that was lost during the baking soda treatment.

  9. 9

    Style your loosened curls as desired.

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