Keeping the pH balance of your hair within the proper scope is important to not only the health of your hair, but the health of your scalp as well. Balancing the pH levels of your hair naturally is extremely easy through the use of a pH test strip and the testing of the products that you use in your hair. It is also critical to understand how to properly test the products as well as read the test strips to ensure that you are not only doing the tests properly but able to properly assess the pH balance of your hair and your hair products.
Reading pH Strips and Proper pH Balances
When you read the pH strips that you have used, you will need to understand the scale in which you are comparing them to. The levels between 1 and 6.9 are considered acidic, while 7.1 to 14 is considered alkaline, 7 is completely neutral. It is important to remember that the natural pH balance of your hair is between a 4.5 and a 5.5, anything higher or lower than these levels can be considered unhealthy. Testing the products that you use can help you keep your levels well balanced as products like shampoo possess a pH and shampoo pH can affect the hair. Place a pH test strip into a glass and pour some of the product onto the strip. Once you have waited the proper amount of time, read the test strip, if the levels fall outside of the 4 to 7 range on the pH scale, dispose of the product and find some of more balanced pH levels.
How to Balance the pH in Hair?
You can make a homemade leave in conditioner to help return your hair to the proper pH levels from a few simple ingredients. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of silicone free conditioner, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera (preferably whole leaf) juice, and 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil, then mix and test to ensure balance is not below 4.5. Work this mixture through dampened hair that has been freshly washed and allow to dry. You can style as you usually would once the mixture has dried completely.
It is important to keep a healthy pH balance present in your hair to avoid problems with the hair and scalp. For those who have balanced the pH of their hair, we would like to hear how you achieved the perfect levels. We love to hear your comments and stories as well as welcome you to provide feedback and answer questions as well.
About the Author:
Maja Tisma is the co-founder and editor of ShampooTruth.com blog. She works as a professional graphic designer and blogger, but she has a big passion for beauty & health. Over the recent past, she has contributed several articles about healthy lifestyle, diets, eating, fitness, and beauty on various blogs.