IS YOUR SCALP ACID OR ALKALINE?
Unlike the inside of our bodies that should be alkaline our scalp likes a pH of between 4.5 – 5.5. The pH scale runs from 0 – 14. 0-6 is acidic while 8-14 is alkaline and number 7 in the middle is neutral.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM BACTERIA
Natural hair acidity is important as the acidity helps prevent fungi and bacteria from growing in the hair and scalp. An acidic state will leave the cuticle closed and healthy. A sealed cuticle helps to prevent unwanted breakage and lock in important natural oils. Maintaining a pH between 4.5 – 5.5 will help to keep your hair protected from bacteria.
SUPPORT HAIR GROWTH & HEALTH
An alkaline scalp will potentially cause an itchy, flakey scalp and even develop dandruff and in some sever cases cause hair fall. An alkaline state can cause the hair folicle to expand releasing moisture that can then lead to slow hair growth due to the dry brittle strands. That’s why it is so important to pick a pH balanced shampoo and Conditioner to wash your hair with so it doesn’t strip your natural oils whilst gently cleansing and removing build – up of dead skin cells.
If you want to bring your hair into an acidic range rinsing with a mix of water and apple cider vinegar is a good option. ACV has an pH of about 3 so adding 50/50 water to the solution before applying to wet hair will help bring it up to a pH4, just be careful not to get it in your eyes then rinse off thoroughly.
CLEANSE YOUR HAIR WITHOUT STRIPPING AWAY THE GOOD OILS
Healthy hair is definitely all about looking after your scalp ..starting at the roots. A pH between 4.5 – 5.5 is certainly the best place to start to ensure you have healthy, shiny beautiful hair.