If you aren’t able to install a water softening filter in your home, a baking soda bath can be water-softening in a tub. By performing a soak on your lace front wig about every three weeks, your hair will be bouncy, soft and keep its shine. You may be surprised how long this routine can extend the life of your lace front, some owners have reported keeping units in factory condition for two years!
Aside from the bounce, texture and shine, the baking soda bath helps loosen tap residue on the poly edges of units too. You can actually see residue left from your hair products float up to the top of the baking soda bath when performing an overnight soak.
If you would like to give this technique a shot, here is the recipe for a baking soda bath:
Pour ½ to ¾ cup of baking soda into a large Rubbermaid container. Use at least a 3 quart tub if you’re soaking a full cap unit, or 1.5 to 2 quart sizes will work for smaller units. Using water about as warm as you can still put your hand in, fill the container. Make sure you don’t put in so much water the tub will overflow when you add your hair unit, but don’t put the unit in yet. Stir the mixture until the baking soda is fully dissolved.
Brush your lace front and place it in the mixture, making sure it is fully immersed in the solution. Place a cover over the container to ensure pets and children won’t get into it, and leave the unit to soak for at least four hours. If you can, leave the lace front unit to soak overnight.
When the soaking time is completed, remove the unit and rinse it as thouroughly as possible. Once you are certain the unit is free of any residue, carefully wash it with a clarifying shampoo. Rinse it again, and apply an intensifying conditioner (Pantene, L’Oreal and Kerasilk come highly recommended for the best results).
Since there will be some residual baking soda in your hair unit, you will find you don’t have to use as much shampoo as you normally would. You will probably need only one-third of the normal amount, so apply the shampoo sparingly.
Like the results you get with your hair unit? You can also use baking soda in your baths to achieve some great results for your skin. The baking soda softens your water and a nice long soak not only softens your skin but takes off surface impurities as well.