What is PH Balance and Why You Should Care

As curly-kinky women we are constantly searching for products that give natural hair moisture. Many of us have little knowledge on how ph balance plays a role in how much moisture our hair will receive. When our hair becomes too dry, it becomes prone to excessive breakage and damage. Using the right product with the proper ph balance can prevent this from happening.

What is ph balance?

Ph (Potential Hydrogen) balance measures the acidity in a hair care product. Products with a high ph or a high acidity level are more likely to give you dry hair. The ph values are measured on a scale of 1 to 14. Lower ph values would be more acidic while higher values contain moreĀ alkaline(which is what you don’t want, you want something in between). The normal ph value balance of our hair ranges from 4.5 to 5.5 and using a product between the ranges of 3.5 to 7 restores our balance. To measure the ph balance of a product you would have to purchase ph testing strips. Should you test every product you buy to examine its ph level? Well, that would be entirely up to you, however having the knowledge of which products will restore your ph balance might be even better than testing every single product you buy.

Some all natural product suggestions with a low ph…

  • Aloe is a great moisturizer, which really brings out curl definition, and happens to have a low ph level that averages around 3.4.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar when diluted with water has a ph of 2.8 to 3.0. This product is great for conditioning hair, removing buildup, and can be use as toner for skin.
  • Olive Oil, Flax Seed Oil, and Argan Oil are all great moisturizers for your hair, which happen to be great for restoring your hair’s ph balance.

Did you know the average hair relaxer has a ph value that ranges from about 9 for the low strength and even up to 14 for maximum strength relaxers?

Relaxers have a high ph value, because this is what is needed to straighten our hair permanently. The chemicals literally break the bond in our hair altering its curl pattern forever. No wonder our hair is eventually left limp and breaking ! Having straight hair is not that serious. : |

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  1. Shannon says

    I went a month ago to hair salon. My hair stylist uses Paul Mitchell texturxier. When I washed my hair the following week little tiny hair breakage. I don’t if it came from relaxer or me stretching my hair for 3 months. I am texlax help.

  2. KissaP says

    The lower you go on the pH scale, the MORE acidic a product. On the flip side higher pH values are more alkaline or basic. Neutral pH is 7, the pH of water. Lemon juice, Coca Cola, and battery acid are all different degrees of acidic substances. Sodium hydroxide, lye, and baking soda are all different degree of basic substances.

    Just had to clear that up. The distinction makes a LARGE difference. I personally shoot for products that have a pH between 4 and 5 since that is what our hair’s natural balance is.

    Thanks for the article!

  3. MsJayne says

    I’ve seen aloe vera juice use in mixtures to lower the ph, but I heard it can go bad if you don’t use it often and I don’t need to be throwing out nothing. So the apple cider vineger is a great alternative and I Know it lasts. Thanx!

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