Is baking soda good for hair removal?

There is quite a trend online about using baking soda for hair removal. Is it safe? It doesn’t necessarily follow that because baking soda is a cooking ingredient that it is a safe bet.

If you have ever used it on your skin or hair you will know it can remove build-ups of oil, soap or other products that you have on your skin already. It can also be a good exfoliant when used with caution. It can be helpful, for example, in getting rid of dry skin from your scalp or lips.

The question you need to ask yourself when venturing into using baking soda for hair removal is this: just because baking soda can be a good exfoliating agent, does that mean it is a good hair removal agent?

I have used baking soda to clean my oven and kitchen worktop, but I think using baking soda on your skin has some level of risk. Even though baking soda can be a good cleaning agent, I would tread carefully when it comes to using it on your skin. It can dry it out.  Baking soda may damage your PH balance which is about 5.5 and Baking soda PH is about 9. It is a strong alkaline.

So far as removing unwanted hair is concerned, I have tried it. It doesn’t work for me.

I know the attraction of baking soda is that it is cheap, but my recommendation is to shave or use a hair removal cream or learn to wax your unwanted hair.

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