How to Get Really Clean Hair

by braniac ; Updated September 28, 2017

Hair styling products can build up over time, particularly if you use several different products simultaneously to achieve your style.

Most shampoos can handle washing out the majority of hair styling products, but sometimes you need a little extra help.

Baking soda is fantastic at removing the build up left by styling products and shampoo and conditioners.

You can use the baking soda several times a month to get your hair squeaky clean, and continue using your favorite shampoo and condition combination, along with all your styling products.

There are a couple different methods to use baking soda to get rid of styling product residue.

Items you will need

  • Baking Soda
  • Your favorite shampoo and conditioner
  • Plastic container
Step 1

Place about a tablespoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand. Add a dollop of shampoo and mix together. Wash your hair as usual, paying attention to any areas that has a build up of product. Bangs for example, can accumulate lots of styling product.

This method is great if you're trying baking soda for the first time. You'll get lather with the shampoo and the benefits of the baking soda for removing styling product residue.

Step 2

Mix about a half cup of baking soda with two cups warm water in a plastic cup or better yet, an old empty shampoo bottle. Use a funnel to get the baking soda into the bottle.

Shake well to mix when you're ready to use. Get your hair wet in the shower or bath and pour the mixture over your wet hair. Massage the baking soda into your hair, again paying attention to areas with heavy styling product use.

This method works if you plan to use baking soda on a regular basis. There will be no lather with baking soda alone, and it takes a few tries to get used to working the baking soda through your hair.

Step 3

Rinse well after either method, getting all the baking soda residue out of your hair. You can use a tiny bit of conditioner if you like, rinsing well after, or use a leave in conditioner.

Your hair will feel cleaner after washing with baking soda, but since no residue is left behind, as with some shampoos, it may feel "different" as well.

Step 4

Dry and style as usual. Keep in mind you may find you'll needless styling products to achieve the same result, since your hair is cleaner than ever.


  • Baking soda is safe to use on hair, although over use, as with any product, can dry out hair. Experiment with using baking soda once a week or so, depending on how heavily you use styling products, to see what works best for you.