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Thursday, July 14, 2011

A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT PH AND YOUR HAIR~



Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!


I hope everyone is well and enjoying their summer thus far:)).  Today I bring you a post about pH balanced products for our hair via Chicoro a Fellow Fabulous Natural.  This may very well be a reminder for many of the seasoned naturals, and may  be a beginners course for the fabulous first time BC'd natural.  Either, way I enjoyed reading her thoughts on pH, I hope you ladies enjoy it as well.

I must say I agree with her on everything she speaks about on this subject.  Except I find that the pH of the products I use are just as important as the ingredients in the products.  I am a stickler on my products being pH balanced, and have had great results doing so.  Let's see what the fabulous Chicoro has to say about pH and our hair:
The "p" stands for potential and the "H" stands for hydrogen.  The pH scale ranges from 0-14 Water is neutral , ans is around pH of 7.  Below 7 makes a substance tend towards being acidic.  Above 7 makes a substance tend towards being basic. Alkaline and basic are used interchangeably.

HAIR AND PH IN GENERAL

The pH of substances can affect your hair.

pH of 1 or less results in slight decrease in the swelling of the hair.
pH of 3-1 results in a slight increase in the swelling of the hair.
pH of 4-9 results in minimum increase in the swelling of the hair.
pH of above 10 results in a large increase in the swelling of the hair.

USING PH AS THE MAIN INDICATOR FOR PRODUCT SELECTION

The pH can be used to gather more information about a product.  It should not be the only indicator that you use.  What many people don't realize is that store brought products can be formulated using many chemicals. Many of these chemicals can be eye, skin, and tissue irritants.  Once these chemicals brews are complete an ingredient is then placed into them to adjust the pH.

Just because something has a pH range between 5-7 doesn't automatically mean it's great for your hair.  You should beaware of pH in products.  I will say that adjusting the pH is a vital part of product formulation.  Instead, of focusing on pH , focus on the types of ingredients in your products.  A Potential issue created from a product is not likely to be the pH , but an ingredent in the product.

There, you have a brief lesson on pH and our hair, by Chicoro.  Many thanks to her for sharing this great and informative information with the natural hair community.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to stay......Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE !:))

P.S........STAY TUNED FOR A HAIR ANNOUNCEMENT COMING UP VERY SOON!....I'M VERY EXCITED!:))

6 comments:

Precious said...

Great post, I too look out for and test the pH of my products. Can't wait for your announcement!



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zainab1 said...

@Precious...Thanks!:))

Thanks for stopping by precious, take care :)0

Tiffany said...

1st off, how cute is the baby girl in the photo.
2nd, when i read about the chemicals used here in the US but no longer used in other countries, I get soo mad. And after reading this, and understanding that they just add ish to bring the PH down, I completely understand the Organic all natural craze. Frustrating. Very informative post.

Tinuke said...

Look at that cute girl!!
I totally agree with you. pH should not be the only factor in product selection, in fact those mysterious ingredients are usually the culprit when something goes wrong!!!
Thanks for sharing.

zainab1 said...

@Tinuke...Isn't she a doll!

Yes, that is so true. Thanks for stopping by Tinuke, take care :))

zainab1 said...

@Tiffany..Yes, I agree this was a very imformative post, thanks for stopping by Tiffany, take care :))