How Correct Scalp pH Can Combat Your Hair Woes

Did you know that our entire bodies are made up of pH levels, all working together to keep us functioning at an optimum level? Well, this is also the case for your hair.

Potential of Hydrogen – or more commonly known as pH - is a scale in which we categorize acidic and alkaline properties. Ranging from 1 to 14, this measure helps us understand how better to look after our bodies due to the different pH levels in our skin, organs, and hair. This finely tuned balance needs to be managed carefully, otherwise, we end up with irritable skin, infections or damaged, brittle hair.

When it comes to your hair, keeping and maintain the perfect balance of pH can help prevent problems such as hair loss, thinning and dullness, so it is time to learn and understand how to look after your hair and how to easily keep the pH balanced.

What Is The pH Level Of Hair?

The natural and healthy pH level of your hair ranges between 4.5 and 5.5 – meaning that our hair is naturally more acidic [1]. We need and want our hair to be between these two levels for optimum health, as the cuticles will be closed and healthy, helping to support the strength and thickness of each individual strand and follicle.

Maintaining a natural pH level in your hair and scalp means that the acidic sebum produced by your scalp will help fight bacteria, keeping your hair from falling out or becoming weak and thin. When you then introduce a product or a chemical that is more alkaline, the cuticles on your scalp will open up, leading to hair loss, dullness, weakness and thinning.

Unfortunately, when it comes to our hair’s pH levels, it can be sensitive to dramatic change. Combating too much alkaline with an abundance of acidic products will also result in some negative effects – causing the cuticles to contract and leaving the hair vulnerable to weakness and fallouts.

How to Balance Your Scalp's pH Levels?

Through simple hair care, you can make sure that the pH balance of your scalp and hair is in good condition. You see, there are lots of day to day activities and habits that can affect this finely tuned balance, so all it takes is a few changes and your hair will be in perfect condition.

First things first, you need to find out whether your hair is more alkaline or acidic. This can be determined by the current condition of your hair. If you have an itchy, dry and flaky scalp, this would suggest that your hair has become alkaline – probably caused by using a hair product that has a high pH (above 7) - not what you want for healthy hair. While your scalp and hair are in this alkaline state, the natural sebum protection will be faulty, unable to protect your scalp from infection, disease and hair loss.

Curly Hair

If you’re someone who has natural curls in your hair, your cuticles will be partially open. Unfortunately, this means that your hair will naturally sit higher on the pH scale, holding a more alkaline state. It is important for anyone with curly hair to return their scalp and hair to a slightly acidic level. The open cuticles will prevent the scalps natural acidic sebum from keeping the head at a pH level of 4.5 and 5.5.

Straight Hair

Different from curly hair, if you’re someone with straight locks, you should aim to use products that are completely pH balanced (pH 7). Luckily, due to the way the hair grows, the natural acidic sebum will be able to move through the hair easily, creating a pH balance that will keep the hair healthy, strong and less prone to breakages and fallouts.  

1. Check What You’re Putting on Your Hair

Once you know where your hair falls on the pH scale, you can begin to treat your hair and scalp to what they need to either keep acidic or to reduce the volume of alkaline. The best place to start is to check what you’re applying to your hair – it’s time to start reading labels.

When buying a new product for your hair – whether it is a shampoo and conditioner or oil to soften your locks, you need to make sure that the pH level is between 4 – 7. The more neutral the products are that you apply to your hair, the easier it will be to stop your hair from dramatically going from one end of the scale to the other.

2. Do You Have the Right Hair Care Routine?

When your hair has returned to its natural acidic state, you will need to make sure that the pH stays corrected, otherwise, issues like hair loss and thinning will begin to happen. Picking the right hair care products is key, with shampoos and conditioners that are completely neutral is necessary. A duo set like Cel’s Microstem Shampoo & Conditioner are the perfect products to help keep the scalp and hair healthy and balanced.

Introducing a serum or oil to your hair care routine will also help adjust your hair and scalp pH is also a great way to make sure you’re treating your hair correctly and is a great way to avoid an imbalance of pH.

3. Use Natural Substances

Putting natural substances on your locks is a fantastic way to balance any unhealthy pH. Natural acidic substances will bring you hair to a balance without having to worry about adding other harmful chemicals to your locks.

Aloe Vera or diluted apple cider vinegar in a spray will work wonders when it comes to naturally balancing the pH levels and correcting any wrong. Apple cider vinegar has a variety of important health benefits with its mild acid, supporting the correction of your skin and hair pH levels. Not only will it help fight an infection that your scalp may be a victim too, but it will also help eczema, UTI and dandruff – a miracle ingredient to your hair care routine [2].

Finding the right hair care products can be difficult when you need to fix your pH imbalance. Our Microstem Shampoo & Conditioner is packed with a powerful natural ingredient, including Ginseng and Biotin that will help restore the pH balance and help strengthen your hair.

Final Thoughts

Keeping your hair pH levels balanced can be hard in our busy lives and demanding hair care rituals. It is believed that 75% of women in the US dye their hair [3], which will ultimately affect the pH levels in their locks! Dying your hair and using products that are either high or low on the pH scale can seriously affect your locks in a negative way, leaving you vulnerable to hair loss, dullness and thinning. But, using the above tools to control your hair and scalp pH levels balanced can help you combat these undesirable effects and leave you with luscious, healthy locks.