Why Should I Care About the pH of My Natural Hair?
When we’re pH balanced, we can thrive. When we’re unbalanced, medical conditions and other issues take over. Every component of your body has a pH balance and disrupting it can cause a host of problems.
Your hair and scalp are no different. Here is a list of what can happen if you don’t monitor the pH levels:
Dry Hair. Using products that are too alkaline can cause the cuticle to open, and this can cause your hair to lose too much hydration throughout the week. And on the other hand, using products that are too acidic can cause the cuticle to shut. This means water won’t be able to move in through the cuticle to hydrate the shaft.
Scalp Fungus. When you put alkaline products on your hair, it may disrupt your scalp’s acidity and cause scalp fungus and dandruff. Your scalp’s sebum has a pH range of 4.5 to 5.5, and this slightly acidic structure helps to fight bacteria, fungi, and other predators.
Itchy, Irritated Scalp. Throwing off the pH balance can cause your scalp to become dry, oily, itchy, or irritated as it reacts and overworks itself trying to fight microbes and bring the skin to a better range. Dandruff is also a sign that your scalp’s pH may be unbalanced.