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How to loosen natural curls with baking soda

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Style your loosened curls as desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild shampoo
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Conditioner
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • Plastic cling wrap
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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.