Balancing PH in natural hair


What you need to know!


What does pH levels mean to us in natural hair? And why is it important for us to come to turns, with how we need to balance pH levels in our hair? In order to obtain, beautiful healthy hair.

pH is an abbreviation of the word " potential hydrogen", this is a scale used to determine the ranking of a liquid solution, and knowing if it falls in the category of alkaline or acidity.  This method is judge on a scale of 1 to 14, so anything between 0 and 6.9 is considered acidic, 7 is neutral such as pure water, and between 7.1 and 14 is considered alkaline and of course 14 being the strongest alkaline value.

Our hair and scalp oil sebum, has a pH balance between 4.5 and 5.5, this helps to prevent fungi and bacteria from entering our scalp and it keeps our cuticle closed and healthy.  This also helps to prevent moisture loss, which will help our hair to be stronger and healthy.  Due to constant exposure to environment, and washing of hair, the acid mantle can be removed, and therefore we must restore this back by using a pH balanced products in our hair.

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Remember if you use a product that has alkaline in it, what this will do is it will cause your hair to swell, it will lift your cuticles and remove the oils.  This is a great cause for frizzy, dull, dry and brittle hair, and hair that is very prone to breakage and tangling.  You will find these solutions in perm and relaxers, harsh shampoos, styling products, thermal styling aids such as flat irons, these will cause damage to your hair.

In today's market, you will find that shampoos and conditioners have a slight acidic pH that is around 4.0 and 6.0,  but not all of them.  You may find that products from the same line, can have a different pH.  For example, a shampoo can have a higher pH than the conditioner of the same brand.

When you are making your own, homemade hair products, I would suggest that you test the product, to make sure it has the correct levels of pH in it.

When you find out the pH of each of the hair products that you use, it will give you the tool to understand how better to maintain your hair, and will help in creating a really good hair regimen.

You can purchase pH Testing Strips here, I will be purchasing mine going forward, and will be testing each product that I buy or make.

"The pH of the products that we use, is going to determine how well our hair will retain moisture"
Just to advise you that oils are not water soluble and will not have a pH, the same goes for butters, pomades and waxes, they will not have a pH.

This has helped me and I hope it has inspired you, thumbs up to healthy hair 2016. Do you test your products before using them? Have you ever thought of testing the products before using them? Do you consider this as something that you would do as part of your hair regimen?

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