Can someone answer these 3 Baking Soda Questions?

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Offline Karen W.

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I have a set of steam curlers that you put about 1and 1/2cups water in, then you add a very tiny amount of baking soda to the water. Put the lid on which has a cylinder down in the water that then sends steam up onto a tepee like peg to set a plastic and foam wrapped curler on for twenty seconds then roll the hair steam clip and clamp over roller. The instructions say to never dump the water only add water to it. Never add more soda because it can overload the electrical socket!!!

Now my brain being as unscientific as it is figures that soda leaves a soda residue in the steamer, that might be why you don't have to refresh the water with soda, But, Ques. 1. why oh why and how does the soda effect the electricity if too much is added???
   
It says it can cause a fire.

Now the name of this is "so and so's curls" molecular curlers! Quest. 2.  Does the steaming or baking soda cause a molecular change in your hair in order to curl it, or what?

Quest. 3. Why do the steam rollers hold my the curl for two days but a regular hot roller won't hold the curl for an hour?


Thanks and I would appreciate all your responses!
« Last Edit: 29/01/2008 01:46:44 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #1 on: 09/08/2008 13:47:55 »
I am thinking so hard about why there needs to be baking soda in the water that my hair is going curly all on its own!

Any ideas anyone?

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« Reply #2 on: 09/08/2008 14:42:00 »
Off the top of my head it could be that the soda inhibits hard water from scaling up the curling device - nothing to do with the hair.
I've never seen a set of curlers so may be way off target.

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« Reply #3 on: 12/08/2008 23:00:42 »
Why should the baking soda affect the water hardness?
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« Reply #4 on: 13/08/2008 19:48:08 »
Why should the baking soda affect the water hardness?
By precipitating Ca ions from solution as CaCO3.
But I have to say the other instructions baffle me.
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« Reply #5 on: 13/08/2008 22:22:35 »
Might the addition of extra soda cause the water to become a stronger electrolyte which will conduct electricity and cause some sort of short circuit. Only guessing.
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« Reply #6 on: 14/08/2008 19:34:09 »
That makes some sense, but how do they know how conductive your tap water is to start with?
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« Reply #7 on: 14/08/2008 22:28:29 »
Ok Here is a photo of the Set.. The foam and plastic curler is sitting on top of a little 3/4 inch approx. post with vents to the tub which holds the water and soda.. You plug it in and wait for the steam to start once its going you set the curler on the steam post, steam 15 to 20 seconds and roll hair in curler while you steam the plastic curler clip and then lock curler in place with steamy clip Love! LOL...

Here is the picture!



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