PH balance: How To (Hair & Skin)

On my YouTube channel I made a video that talks about the affects of pH balance on our hair and skin. You can also check out the accompanying video below!

PH Balance Facts

  • The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. PH stands for potential of hydrogen or power of hydrogen (either words can be used). It is one of the most important components to take into consideration when developing a hair or skin care regimen and even planning a healthy diet! 
  • As mentioned, pH, potential of hydrogen or power of hydrogen, measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Ph scale ranges from 0-14. Numbers 0-6 on the pH scale are considered acidic. The closer you move to the number 0 is the more acidic a product will be. In contrast, numbers 8-14 on the pH scale are considered alkaline. The closer you move towards 14 the more alkaline a substance will be.
  • Ph is also measured on a logarithmic scale. This means that for each value you must multiple by 10. For values that are acidic(having a pH of 0-6) the closer you move to the number 0, the more acidic a substance will be. For example, if apple cider vinegar has a pH value of 3, and lemon juice has a pH value of 2, lemon juice would be 10 times more acidic than apple cider vinegar.
  • In contrast, on the alkaline side (pH values of 8-14) the closer you get to the number 14, the more alkaline a substance will be. Still confused? Maybe you should head over to my YouTube channel to watch the video (Click here to watch the video ). If not, keep reading.
  • For both the acidic and alkaline sides, the closer you move towards the number 7 is the more neutral a substance will be.Extreme values (such as the numbers 1 and 14) can destroy almost anything (cells, hair, and skin) in their path. This is especially important to know when creating homemade hair and beauty products.

What does this have to do with your hair or skin care regimen?

  • Too acidic substances or products contract the hair cuticle, while substances that are too alkaline opens the hair cuticle. For example, hair dyes often have a very high pH value (such as 13 or 14) and this is because it is needed in order to lift the hair cuticle in order to add color. This can cause adverse effects on hair because as a result of the cuticle being open, hair will be dry, frizzy and more prone to breakage. Also, a ph value that is very high can also change the hairs molecular structure resulting in a looser hair pattern (looser curls).
  • Hair relaxers and perms also have high pH values in order to permanently alter hair. High pH values can  lead to dry skin and scalp burns. On the contrary, acids keep out bacteria and prevents fungi as well as help close the hairs cuticle.
  • Many dandruff and itchy scalp problems are usually caused by high alkaline solutions due to the fact that it lifts the cuticle and dries out the hair and scalp.

How Do You pH Test a product or substance?

  • It's simple! All you need is pH strips. I use the Maharey Nagel pH test, which can be purchased on Amazon for about $11.99. It comes with 100 different pH strips that you can use, more than enough to test every single household item you have in your home!

Things to TAKE AWAY!

  • Always make sure that the products you are using on your hair and skin fall within the pH range of 4.5-6. Try not to use anything that falls above or below those values for they will have adverse affects on your hair and skin.
  • When you use something outside of your hairs sebum pH range (4.5 - 5.5) try to make your final product be within your hairs sebum pH values.
  • After you wash your hair, use an acidifier with a ph of 4.5- 6.0 to close the cuticle. You can mix an acidifier (such as aloe vera gel) with your leave-in conditioner.
  • When pH testing, keep in mind that different brands can give you different values for similar substances. It all depends on what a brand might add in their product.
  • Some general Ph values
    -Hair sebum - 4.5- 5.5
    -Water- 7
    -Human body fluid- 7.35 - 7.45
    -Aloe Vera Juice - 4.0- 4.5

If you have more questions feel free to leave them below! Happy pH balancing feel free to watch the video below!