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.