Friday, October 22, 2010

Ph Balance for your Natural Hair



What is Ph Balance?

Ph. Balance is a measure of the acidity of a solution. Solutions with a ph. less than 7 are said to be acidic anything greater is basic or alkaline.

Ph Balance and Natural Hair

The weather is changing again so if you’re paying close attention you will notice that for some of you your hair maybe taking a while to adjust to the change in temperatures. Our hair may also take time to adjust to the change in products as many of us may change the way we treat our hair as the temperature changes. The temperature change can make your hair too dry or too oily. Once you understand your hair it is quite simply to restore your hairs natural ph level.

Our hair secretes natural oil called sebum, which I have express is very important in our skin care and hair care from previous articles. Sebum is what maintains the moisture and balance in our hair. The hairs natural ph. balance is between 4.5 and 5.5. I have stress paying close attention to your hair because once you do this you are able to determine which products is right for your hair type. The ph scale ranges from 0 (strongly acidic) to 14 (strongly alkaline).

If you are using products like shampoos that have a high ph level, then you are stripping your hair of its natural essential oil. This allows our hair to become dry, prone to breakage and further damage.

Tips

  • If you would like to know ph level of your products here is a test:  test your products ph. strips, if your shampoo is a 4, your conditioner a 5 and your leave in a 5, add the numbers together (14) and divide by 3 you will get 4.6. Keep in mind that the hair natural oil has a ph. of 4.5 -5, that is your goal.
  • Add Apple cider vinegar into your regimen to restore a smooth, stronger look and feel of your hair, ACV will restore the hairs ph. balance.
  • Dilute your shampoo with water so it does not strip your hair
  • Remember a slightly high ph level in a shampoo can act as a clarify to remove product build up. A low ph level will condition the hair.


What to know
Hair is mildly acidic and closer to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse. Many hair care products we use are strongly alkaline, that is if you are still using products the same. Apple cider vinegar will not only restore ph balance but also remove build up that can result from the use of styling products and shampoos.

                                                                  Rough hair shaft

Rinsing your hair with a product to restore ph balance will close the cuticles and protect the hair shaft. This will leave the hair with a smooth surface, shiny hair, and easier to manage.

Smooth hair shaft

  • ACV does have  a slight vinegar smell when rinsing, this will disappear after your hair has dried
  • Prepare your own ready to use mix and keep it in the spray bottle, use about 1/3 to a cup of ACV and mix with water.
  • The amount all depends on the length of your hair and build-up, do not use to much ACV
  • Rinse with ACV after you shampoo.
  • ACV can be used once or twice a week.


source: ezinearticles, ehow, applecidervinegarbenefits.com