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What do we mean when we say pH? potato Hash? pink Hair?
It’s just a pH balance. Something that your body balances. An acid-base balance.
Basically how well your body is functioning based on the level of acids and bases in it. When it comes to hair, your pH levels are extremely important in determining how healthy your hair feels and looks. To maintain the strength of your strands, it’s ideal to look into what products contain certain active ingredients which will balance your natural pH levels.
If you’re an avid hair colourist – a green in February, blue in March kind of person, or really just a religious dyer – you best be making haste with the knowledge of what a good level of pH is.
We mean it. Because your hair’s natural pH is around 4.5. to 5.5, to maintain those numbers on the scale means that your hair is in its most healthy state (scale runs from 0 to 14). Starting at 0 means your pH level is too acidic, whilst being on the other end of the spectrum of a solid 14; means that you’re too alkaline heavy. And you know what they say? You can never be 100% on one end of something because that just means you’re crazy.
So saying ‘pH balance’ translates to the efforts to which we are balancing our pH in order to not stray too far from those numbers. But what are we doing that’s possibly causing us to stray?
Many things we do to our hair disrupts the chemical balance of our pH levels. Bleaching, colouring, heat processes such as straightening and curling etc. they’re all things to think about in terms of disrupting your levels. However, on top of it all – you’ve got the shampoo in your bathroom to also think about.
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That’s right. Your good ol’ shampoo can be damaging. You thought you were safe?! Think again. Some store bought shampoos do more harm than it does good by using alkaline infused cleansing agents. So it’s a little concerning for those who thought haircare products really, truly mean to CARE for your hair.
What happens is this: your cuticles (outside layer of hair) lifts up and the strength of the hair is ultimately affected. That’s what it means when people refer to various shampoos that allow for frizzing or split-ends. Alkaline cleansing agents also affect the bacteria and oil production on your scalp, which can lead to dandruff.
And you would be surprised how many department store shampoos are major culprits of throwing off your pH level. It’s as if they love to do it to you.
Think of balance as a positive aspect to all parts of your life. Food consumption, work, play and the health of your body. A good balanced diet, a balanced work and leisure life – you’ve heard it all before because guess what? Balance is great.
If your scalp is on the oilier side, it doesn’t mean you seek out shampoos that will strip your head of its natural oils. We actually need our natural oils because it protects our hair from damage whilst reducing dry scalp issues (see, balance). Make sure to always look out for shampoos that focus on relieving your head from the residue and environment damages that your scalp is exposed to everyday, whilst not entirely taking away what needs to be present for a healthy balanced scalp.
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The Scalp Care Shampoo is one such product in our line that is great at balancing that pH of yours. If you’re unaware, glycation of the scalp can actually aggravate symptoms of hair loss, which is why an anti-glycation balancing formula is important in removing sebum buildup and excess products leftover.
What’s glycation? Here’s the science behind it according to April Long: When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor shower. This forms advanced glycation, which causes protein fibres to become stiff and malformed.
The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discoloured, weak, and less supple.
Think of a good shampoo as a cleansing oil and a bad one as…makeup wipes. You see, good quality cleansing oils leave no residue and remove even the most stubborn mascara and waterproof makeup – meanwhile makeup wipes usually require high levels of preservatives that are irritating for your skin. They also dry your skin out.
Get the picture?
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