Perusing the thousands of YouTube videos about natural hair, NaturallyCurly.com’s Evelyn stumbled upon many mixtures and concoctions, all using ingredients found in the fridge or pantry. “Great,” she thought, “No more trips to the store—no more product junkie!” She was so eager to try the first thing that promoted soft hair or springy coils. But what she failed to do was research exactly what she was putting into her hair, and how her hair would react.

We have to dive a little into chemistry and biology to truly understand why our hair reacts the way it does, no matter if the ingredient is “natural” or good enough to eat. First up is the baking soda shampoo and conditioner mix. Is it actually good for our hair? Why or not? After receiving lackluster results, Evelyn decided to find out. Read about her experience.