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Making sure that the products you use in your regimen are ph balanced, is the difference between having dry, brittle, dull hair to shiny, well-moisturised hair. The wrong PH in your shampoo, for example, can actually strip your hair of its natural oils and dry it out further.
Even though most products sold on the shelf today are usually ph balanced, it is still important for you to have a basic understanding of what it is and how it affects your hair.
Ph levels are measured from 0-14. O being acidic, 14 alkaline and 7 neutral. Water is measured at 7.
Lemon Juice is acidic and usually measures at around 2. Relaxers are alkaline and measures at around 13. Our hair is acidic. The Ph balance of our hair measures at 4.5-5.5.
When water touches our hair, the neutrality of the water raises the cuticles on each strand. The lifting of the cuticles then allows the water inside each strand, to hydrate our hair.
Shampoos and conditioners with the correct ph balance help to regulate and keep the hair at its normal acidic value of 4.5-5.5. Anything outside of that can cause damage to your already delicate curls.