11.08.2010

How the pH Scale Relates to Your Hair

If you've followed Kimmaytube's Youtube channel, you'll know that she has a great demonstration of how to test the pH levels of your products, but many of us don't quite understand what pH is and what it's significance is to our natural hair. Let's talk about pH and why it's important to know what pH levels are recommended for our gentle hair.



What is the pH Scale & How Does it Relate to Hair?

pH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline a solution is and has a scale that ranges from 0 to 14. The natural pH level of your hair is between 4.5 and 5.5. Zero is the most acidic level of pH and 14 is the most alkaline with 7 being neutral.

Solutions with a pH level of 9 and above are much more alkaline and will damage your hair and burn your scalp. You should never use solutions with a pH level of 9 and above on your natural hair or any hair for that matter. Products such as chemical hair dyes may test at a high alkali level.

Strong acidic solutions can also damage and burn your scalp and hair. Again, the natural pH of your hair is between 4.5 and 5.5 with 5.0 being ideal. The most recommended products for your hair are those with a pH level closer to your natural pH level.

Solutions and products with a preferably 5.0 pH are good for the hair but you want to stick with staying between 4.5 and 5.5. One trick to lowering the pH levels of products that test too high of a pH level is to add a few teaspoons of pure, 100% Aloe Vera gel to the mixture to tone it down. If you have to add too much Aloe Vera and the product still tests too high, it is not recommended that you use it.

In order to test the pH level of any product or solution, you will need litmus test strips. You can obtain litmus sticks from any pharmacy or local drug store. They don't cost much and are an investment to the overall health of your natural hair.


Try testing the pH levels of some of your favorite products, you may be surprised!




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