Sunday, April 11, 2010

pH Balance of Hair and Products


Okay, Coilies. I stumbled upon some info about how the pH Balance of our hair matters. Let me start by defining what pH means. pH is a scale measuring the acidity and alkalinity of a product. It is calculated by determining the number of hyrogen ions. The higher the hydrogen ions, the more acidic and vice versa.

The scale is from zero(strongly acidic) to14(strongly alkaline). 7 represents neutrality. Hair has an ideal pH 0f 4.5 to 5.5. To know what products to use in your hair, you have to know the right level of pH for your hair. For example, the pH of hair(4.5 to5.5) is close to 2.9, which is the pH of Apple Cider Vinegar. Rinsing your hair with AVC will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup from products. Some products such as sulfate shampoo, conditioners, hair colors, permanents and bleaches are strongly alkaline, which can put our tresses in a stressful state as the pH of these products is way off from the pH of hair

How this applies to me: Well, Bellas, I recently ordered pH Strips from Luvnaturals and am still expecting it to arrive in the mail. This is the beginning of my new journey, of discovering how pH balance affect my hair.

The state of my hair: My hair is about 8 inches long and colored. It tends to be on the drier side, I guess due to coloring it(Coloring makes the hair strongly alkaline). I have some areas(middle and towards the back on the right side of my head), where my hair feels rough. I guess, you could call that rough hair shaft with open cuticles. I used ACV, for the first time in my life, during my last wash, and guys, let me tell you, I noticed a big difference in my hair. Those problem areas felt smoother and my felt much more stronger. I wonder if my pH was off due to coloring and usage of  non-hair-pH friendly products. I really am convinced that the ACV brought my hair back to the right pH level.

What I will be doing with the strips:Well, I will be testing the pH of everything that goes in my hair, and if the scales are off, I will adjust with products that will balance out the scales.This brings me to another question: Is Baking Soda really good for our hair, as it is strongly alkaline? Well, guys, let me know what you think. This is my 1st of many posts on the pH balance.Till next time, take care and God bless

2 comments:

  1. Innerbeauty Roache97May 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    great post, I use acv also after I wash with shampoo and conditioner

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  2. This is a pretty font, but it's really hard on the eyes.

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