What is baking soda?

For a long time now, baking soda has been used in everything from cooking and cleaning to natural healing. It’s become a topic of much discussion in healing circles. What baking soda is, though, is linked with a whole host of ways to help improve the way that we look after our skin, body, and even our hair?

Like many claims surrounding baking soda, it’s hard to say with any definitive proof. It’s a product that is under near-constant scrutiny and is always being investigated and looked into. 

Baking Soda For Hair: Benefits

With so many claims being made about baking soda, can we really trust that it’s good for us?

What are the genuine links when it comes to using baking soda for hair? What do you actually get from the use of it in your hair care products and solutions? Some of the links so far suggest:

  • Baking soda has been linked with making your hair smoother and softer.
  • It’s also been suggested that it can help to strip excess oil quantities from your hair.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that it can help to restore your hairs natural shine.

However, we have to be honest: there is no reliable evidence so far that baking soda for hair is a good thing to use. In fact, the evidence points to the opposite. It has been suggested that some people who use baking soda too often in their hair could find they are more prone to having scalp irritation, hair damage and breakage, and damaged hair cuticles.

Baking Soda Side Effects

The one thing we could say is that baking soda for hair could be beneficial if used in extremely small quantities. However, there is not yet any proof of this. So, we recommend that you DO NOT use baking soda for hair. Unlike other products we’ve found having no benefits to our hair, we did find that baking soda is actually linked to making our hair WORSE! So, for the time being, until their is more reliable evidence on a larger scale to suggest otherwise, we would avoid using baking soda on our hair.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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