Baking Soda Curl Softener Recipe & Tutorial


Beloved readers, I am so excited to share this with you! However, before I proceed: USE DISCRETION. I’m not a doctor, stylist, or trichologist.

Especially if you have sensitive skin or extremely fickle hair, try it on a small section first or not at all.

This does not truly “texturize” or “relax” curls in the traditional sense.  This encourages curl definition and absorption of moisture due to its alkaline nature, which can cause them to “hang” a bit lower or appear looser.

The disclaimers are posted because baking soda is very alkaline.

Like relaxers? Yes and no.

No as in relaxers are at a pH of 12+ and baking soda is a 9 on the pH scale. Blood is close to 7. That said, from box to box pH can range from 7-9 on the pH scale.

You will need:

¾ to a cup of baking soda for the very adventurous. Otherwise start off with 1 Tablespoon.

½ Cup of Conditioner if you use 1 T of baking soda or 1 cup conditioner if you use 3/4 cup of baking soda.


What to do:


Wash hair with gentle SLS-free poo.


Dry to 80%. (Avoid dripping wet hair for this treatment.)


Mix baking soda and conditioner.


Apply 1/2″ to 1″ from roots to tips.


Pop on a shower cap.


Rinse after 30 minutes with warm (not hot) water.


Immediately add your deep conditioner. DO NOT attempt to detangle before adding deep conditioning treatment.




Rinse hair.


Style as usual.


*For best results: Use a deep conditioner that is moisture-focused, not strengthening/protein heavy.