How to Balance PH in Hair

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Making every day a "good hair day" isn't that difficult once you understand the importance of balanced ph and how to obtain it. Get those negative thoughts about high school chemistry right out of your head--this is not as complicated.

Things You'll Need

  • ph test strips
  • apple cider vinegar
  • baking soda

Everything can be classified as either acidic, neutral or basic based on the common ph scale, which is basically a scale of 1 to 14. The lower the number, the more acidic, with 7 being neutral. Using the ph test strips, test your hair products: shampoo, conditioner, gel/mousse, spray - whatever you use on your hair on a day-to-day basis. Write these results down.

Take an average by adding the ph numbers together, then divide by the number of products tested. For instance, if your shampoo is a 4, your conditioner is a 5 and your gel is a 4, you would add these numbers together (13) and divide by 3 (4.3). In this case, you would need to slightly raise the ph. The natural oil in human hair, Sebum, has a ph of 5 - this should be your goal.

Changing the ph of your hair is as simple as using apple cider vinegar to lower the ph, or add baking soda to raise it. To raise the ph, add a slight amount of (1/4 tsp) to your conditioner. To lower the ph, simply work a small amount of vinegar through your hair right before the final rinse. You should notice a difference in your hair within a few days; it will be more resilient, smoother and stronger.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some hair products will show the ph on the label.

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