Because how often do you see the term come by at all? Very occasionally you may see pH-neutral on a product sometime, but to say that that is very often. So how important can it be?
What happens to your hair when the pH value is too high (> 5)?
The negative energy in your hair increases, and the hair scales become soft and open up.
This leads to:
- More tangles
- More fluff
- Dull hair
- More split and broken hairs
- Porous hair (much more moisture comes in)
- Weak and very delicate hair
- Dehydrated hair
- Less elasticity of your hair
- More plasticity of your hair (your hair deforms, and the hair texture is affected)
- Less strong hair
- Less resilient hair
- Leaks of color with dyed hair (paint is very basic because this way the pigment can get into the hair. It is essential to restore the pH value as much as possible afterward if possible)
* Not immediately terribly shocked, how bad the above points are of course also depends on how essential the pH value is. At a pH of 6, the world is not yet happy. But be aware of what a higher pH can do with your hair. And be especially careful if your hair is already damaged!
What happens to your hair at the right pH value (3.5 – 5.0)?
There are less or no negative or positive charge and the scaly layer contracts and becomes tighter, making it flatter.
This leads to / preserves:
- Shiny hair
- Smooth hair
- Well-hydrated hair
- Low porosity (allows less water)
- Strong, resilient hair
- Well protected hair
- Less breakdown of scales and therefore fewer splits and breaks
- Less / No lime accumulation in your hair with hard (lime-rich) water
What happens to your scalp at a proper pH value (
- The natural skin flora improves
- Better hydrated skin
- Protection and control against bacteria, fungi and other nasty unwanted microorganisms
- Helps against itching
- Helps with scalp disorders, including dandruff
- Helps prevent limescale build-up on your skin with hard water
What you can do yourself
It is highly recommended to use products with the correct pH value on your hair and scalp. But what is often forgotten is that even water (pH of approx. 7) can change the pH value of your skin and hair. And that is precisely what you usually end up with when you shower. So the solution is to end up with something else:
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) / Apple cider Vinegar Rinse
Mix a little bit of apple cider vinegar (a few drops) with a lot of cold or lukewarm water (200 ml) and pour it carefully over your scalp and hair after showering.
The proportions are always just looking, but start with very little and then build up slowly if you think it could be a little stronger. You often notice that it is too loud because your hair gets fat faster.
Do not rinse it afterward, but let it sit nicely in your hair.
You can buy apple cider vinegar at the organic supermarket or online. Tip: take one that still contains the mother; these are often of the best quality.
- pH value: 3.5 – 5
- Available: in the supermarket, also easy to make yourself
- Price: about 6 euros per liter (supermarket) or the price of apples (homemade)
- Odor: Not so good, but usually disappears when the hair is dry. The smell also lingers less if you mix apple cider vinegar with cold water instead of warm.
- Side effect: It gives your hair a warm shine with prolonged use, more in one person than in another. Nothing too shocking. Very beautiful with dark hair. *
- Does not help: It is often thought that apple cider vinegar also works against build-up. Unfortunately, this does not work, but it helps to prevent calcium deposits from hard water.
* White wine vinegar is sometimes recommended for lighter hair. Watch out, because it is even more acidic than apple cider vinegar. If you use it, take only a minimal amount of water.
I have been rinsing my hair for many years with apple cider vinegar, but to be honest, I did not know before writing this article that a proper pH is so essential for your hair. Learned something else!