Let me ask you this? Do you wash your face every day? Do you shower once per day? So, why should your hair be any different. Unless you walk around wearing a hat or head scarf all day long, your hair is exposed to dust, dirt, dirty air, grime, and pollution. Not shampooing and letting dirt build up will not make your hair healthier. I know there are many hair stylists out there that would disagree with me but it’s because many shampoos and conditioners are not pH balanced resulting in dry, frizzy or flat hair and could cause hair loss.
In order to grow healthy hair, you need a clean scalp. Washing your hair with the right pH balanced shampoo daily then conditioning is the best routine to ensure your hair holds moisture and maintains its natural sebum. Sebum is your hairs natural conditioner that gives your hair moisture. Moisture is vital to your hair health. Keeping your scalp clean and pH balanced will prevent bacteria and fungi.
Healthy hair growth is on everyone’s mind these days. No one likes to see excess hair strands in the sink, drain or brush. Your hair’s pH balance plays a vital role in hair health and hair growth. pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline a substance is, it is measured on a scale from 0-14. Substances between 0-6.9 are acidic, 7 is neutral and 7.1-14 is alkaline. Human hair has a pH 3.67 and the scalp, scalp oils and sebum have a pH balance of 5.5.
In order to keep your hair and scalp in balance it is recommended using a shampoo that is pH balanced between 4.0 and 6.0. Using a shampoo with a higher pH than 6.0 will strip the natural oils and sebum and may increase friction and cause frizz, hair breakage, tangling and lead to hair loss. Keeping your hair and scalp at its natural acidity will promote healthy hair growth, it leaves the cuticle closed and prevents bacteria and fungi on the scalp.
If your hair is dyed, bleached or relaxed it is even more important to use a pH balanced shampoo and conditioner. Chemical treatments such as these drastically change the pH of your hair causing dry, brittle hair that will ultimately stunt its growth.
pH balance is essential for African American hair. In general, African-American hair requires the utmost care because of its curly, course texture. This hair type is prone to dryness and breakage. Having curly hair means the cuticle is already partially open. In general, the curlier the hair texture the less moisture its strand hold. For curlier textures, the hair’s natural oils do not move down the super curly strands, with African American hair the hair is so course oils can’t lubricate the full length the hair strand. As a result, the hair becomes dry and brittle and breaks easily making it necessary to use a pH balanced shampoo and conditioner.
Your hair is very sensitive to any changes to your pH level. Anything that throws off your pH balance will affect your hair’s ability to retain its strength and behavior. This occurs when there is a sudden or drastic change to your pH balance and increase in alkalinity. If your hair is permanently dyed or relaxed, it was first treated with a highly alkali substance to expose and change the hair’s cuticle, then it was neutralized with a highly acidic substance to flatten the cuticle again. This is a damaging process. To keep your strands in good shape slightly acidic hair products are needed to keep the hair cuticle lying flat and minimizing the frizz and brittleness.
Pay close attention to your current hair products and read the labels. If they do not have the pH balance on the label, then they should be tested If your shampoo is more than 6.0 pH stop using it.
If you are looking for the right pH balanced shampoo for your hair type, reach out to Images International at 248.540.0900.