Friday, July 26, 2013

pH Balance Basics - VIDEOs

This is a must watch!!

:emon Juice 1:100 water -  pH 3.0
Apple Cider Vinegar - pH 3.0
ACV (1/4 tsp) 1:100 water -  pH 4.0 (acceptable for hair)
Distilled White Vinegar - pH 2.5
(Assume similarly would be okay for a hair rinse based on the starting pH)
Baking soda with water - pH 9.0
1:100 water -  pH 8.3
Dr. Bronner's Castille soap - pH 10.0
1:100 water -  pH 9.5

When you mix an acid with an alkali, (V + BS) you create water and a PH 7.0 which is neutral.

Human hair (sebum) has a 4.5 - 5.5 pH; our hair is more acidic than water.  This pH helps close the cuticle, helps to hold moisture in our hair and also prevents bacteria and fungi from going on our scalp. A higher pH opens the cuticle and can be damaging to the hair, disrupting the hair.

Baking Soda is NOT healthier for our hair than shampoo because it takes the hair out of its normal pH balance range to clean it; see the second video starting around the 4 minute mark for details.

I've obviously got to do some more reading... no more Baking Soda!

Baking soda absorbs excess sebum... and oil, and it is not a natural product, it is man made and manufactured!!  It is an unnecessary step, and not good for your hair.
- it decomposes the hair's acid mantle and begins eating away at the hair's outer cuticle laye
- lemon juice is highly acidic 2.0 pH and can eat through hair, it will fry it.
- Dr. Bronners Castille soap has a pH of 10 !!

Great Take Aways:

- ACV diluted to 4.0 pH or higher is great for rinsing wet hair, it closes the cuticle.
- Aloe Vera Juice is a great hair acidifier at 4.0 pH to 4.5 pH and is a good leave in conditioner even if not diluted with water.

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