I Tried The Baking Soda Shampoo For My Itchy Scalp And Here Is What Happened

I started to hear talk about this new method for washing hair a little while ago and at first, I was very hesitant to try the technique but decided to take the plunge. Since starting it I have seen what it has done for my hair as far as length retention, itchiness, shine and cleanliness and I can without a doubt say that it works.

Women have been used in baking for years for all sorts of things including cleaning the home and keeping teeth healthy. But if you frequent hair blogs you will notice that women find it useful as a hair cleanser. After watching a video on Youtube, I decided to try the method for myself.

Why I started washing with baking soda

The reason was very simple, my scalp was itching badly and I needed a solution. I knew it was time to wash my hair and believe me, I was skeptical but the itching was so bad I figured I had nothing to lose.

What you will need?

  1. An Applicator bottle
  2. Water
  3. Baking soda

What you need to do:

In an applicator bottle, mix baking soda and water in a ratio 1:3. Adjust the quantity according to the length of your hair, so if you have a long hair, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 9 tablespoons of water. Apply the mix on dry or wet hair directly to the scalp and leave it on your hair for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly then deep condition as normal.

What were my results:

The first noticeable change was that the itchiness on my scalp completely stopped which was what I really hoped would happen after trying it. When I rinsed out my hair, I also noticed that there was no hair that I needed to clean up in the shower.

That was a huge plus for me because it means that in the long-term it would reduce my hair fall which is probably why people say it helps your hair to grow.

I don’t think that it helps your hair grow I just think it is great for scalp health and reducing hair loss. My hair was easier to manipulate and de-tangle because my fingers were able to de-tangle my hair fully with just my leave in conditioner in my hair.

With that said I plan to add the baking soda shampooing technique to my regimen because clarifying my hair is very important for maintaining my scalp and keeping the itchiness at bay.

Final thoughts

Overall I think that this process of washing hair is great, I loved the way my hair felt and I love how shiny it was after trying it the first time.

If you are having scalp issues, I would definitely recommend giving it a try and if you do that, watch this video first:

Comment below and let us know if you have ever tried this mix and if you use it regularly in your own regimen.

About Kate Azu

Kate is an undergraduate student studying Political Science, Writing and Legal Policy. Kate has been natural since birth and has learned about appreciating God's creation. On her free time, she likes to write spoken word poetry, dance, and read.

About Kate Azu

Kate is an undergraduate student studying Political Science, Writing and Legal Policy. Kate has been natural since birth and has learned about appreciating God's creation. On her free time, she likes to write spoken word poetry, dance, and read.


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Cynthia L. Dawkins

Alicia Mohagany I have itchy scalp so I will be trying this.

Junee Allyson

Thanks I have to try this

Patricia McKoy

Mary F. Jones, check this out.

Destany Livingston

Christin Shaw Shatwaunia Boles-Williams check this out!

Sanique Morgan

It’s helping with my scalp eczema

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Joss Rachael

It would dry her hair out unsure about this although I’m wondering if it would help with my dermatitis xxx

Cassie-Lee Kayne Riley Jasmine-Lee

Only thing I can do is try it I’m gonna my hair gets itchy xxx

Joss Rachael

Myn does and taylas but that’s cos we have dermatitis the only thing that helps is using coconut oil xxx

Michelle Freeman
Michelle Freeman

It is a very good cleanser, I usually mix baking soda with water and a little conditioner as a prewash before washing my hair out with apple cider vinegar with a little shampoo.
P.S. I like to see suds, so a small dollop of shampoo always gets added to the ACV so I can see soap bubbles, but, if you’re not juvenile like me you won’t need it.

Persia Blossom
Persia Blossom

It’s best to do an ACV rinse after using a 1:4 ratio, followed by a deep hydration method. The ACV rinse prevents the baking soda from eventually destroying the pH in your hair and seals your hair cuticles. You shouldn’t use this method often. I choose to do this once a month usually after a protective style to clarify my scalp.

Mastuh OSCG Ayteayteforefive
Mastuh OSCG Ayteayteforefive

this can help grow hair right?


Baking soda softens hair.


Honestly if your scalp is itchy, you can just use some head & shoulders every once in a while. It works wonders. For a while I had an itchy scalp cause it was super dry so I started using head & shoulders. Aside from really cleansing my scalp, it kept it from itchy. I also moisturized my scalp more & my scalp hasn’t been itchy since…


I tried it and my scalp felt free


My device won’t let her read the article.. Does anyone know how to make the baking soda shampoo?


Make it as you use it. I pour my shampoo in a little mixing cup and add about 3 tablespoons to it. I shampoo my hair and leave it in for 10 minutes, rinse and shampoo again but without the baking soda. It dries the hair out, so be sure to moisturize after you rinse the shampoo out. This works better than anything I have tried from my dermatologist or the drugstore. I hope this helps.