When I was modelling for Pinup Girl Clothing in LA back in March, hairstylist Missy used a trick on my hair that has been a real game changer for me. After brushing out and sculpting my curls, she then hairsprayed and used a blowdryer (with the diffuser on) to set the spray. I started trying it for myself and it does a AMAZING job at keeping a set in place, especially around the bottom which can be prone to dropping out. (I use this method in my Sponge Roller Brush Out series)
However, there is one downside to this method…. I started to notice white flecks on the ends of my hair, mainly around the front area since that’s where I spray/browdry the most. I guessed it was product buildup and the hairspray method being the culprit since that was the only thing that had changed in regards to doing my hair.
I gave it a thorough shampoo, thinking that would do the trick but alas, it was still there! It didn’t really bother me too much especially since it got covered up when I coloured my hair, but it would always come back after a couple of washes.
Last week, after forgetting to bring home some detoxifying shampoo from the salon to try, I decided to used baking soda instead. This had been suggested by multitudes of ladies on Instagram when I first talked about the problem a while back but I never got round to doing it and I was worried the baking soda might dry my hair out.
To do this, I wet my hair and applied shampoo normally to get a good lather and to shampoo roots and areas that didn’t need special attention. Then I got about a tablespoon of baking soda in the palm of my hand, added a tiny bit of water to create a paste and then added some of my most hydrating and nourishing shampoo to help combat any ill-effects of the baking soda.
I focussed the baking soda/shampoo mixture on the areas that I knew needed it and avoided anything else. I gave it a good rub and left it for a few minutes, rinsing and conditioning afterwards.
It was a little hard to tell if it had worked when wet but I was very happy with the results once dry! I am going to repeat the process again with my next wash as there was still a few tiny bits I could see but it was a big improvement. I will probably start doing this every 3rd or so wash to help prevent any further buildup.
One surprising thing was that I had none of the expected crispiness or dryness, my hair almost felt softer than before! So all in all, a very successful experiment. Just be mindful if you have brightly coloured hair as chances are the baking soda will strip some of the colour out.
Have you got any great home remedies that you use on a regular basis? Please share them below!