The conversation around hair care follows many topics. Nature of ingredients, frequency of use, what to avoid, what not to avoid, the list goes on. In most cases, however, an integral part of what’s responsible for the optimal fitness of our hair is left out – pH levels.
A simple measure of how alkaline or acidic a solution is, here is what a pH level on a scale of 0-14 indicates:
- pH 7: Neutral
- pH <7: Acidic
- pH >7: Alkaline
These levels are of significant importance when it comes to measuring the health of your scalp, and how healthy a product you use is for your scalp.
The effect of alkaline products on your hair
Any product with a pH value of greater than 7 is categorised as an alkaline product. Hair treatment products are generally alkaline in nature as the alkalinity softens and expands the hair cuticles, rupturing and prying them open in order to deposit the product onto your hair.
Bleach, hair colour, chemical treatments, and even certain alkaline shampoos can alter the pH of the scalp to as high as 8 or 9, leading to damaged, frizzy hair. Ruptured hair cuticles mean that your hair is left exposed to further damage from pollution and other abrasive products.
What’s worse is that this highly alkaline environment of pH 8 or 9 is a breeding ground for unwanted bacterial and fungal growth that lead to dandruff. This also disrupts the production natural oils, or sebum, leading to dried out, unhealthy hair.
What pH is best for healthy hair?
The hair’s natural pH is slightly acidic, ranging between 4.5 and 5.5. This is when it’s at its best and thriving. Products that emulate this acidic environment for your hair and scalp are extremely beneficial, and are even known to reverse the damage caused by an alkaline environment.
With regular and continued use, they aid in restoring the overall pH of your hair, enhance the hair’s ability to hold moisture and maintain its sebum production levels. Sebum is essential in conditioning the hair, thereby reducing frizz, and protecting the hair from external damage and moisture loss.
Nature Nuskha’s Hair Fitness Onion Shampoo has pH of 6.5, the Hair Fitness Nourishing Mist has pH of 4.7, while the Hair Fitness Oil Plus has a pH of 5.3, making them effective products in balancing pH levels of your hair. In times where the pH of your scalp is leaning towards highly alkaline, these products regulate the pH and convert the environment to a more acidic one, that’s most favourable for your hair. This acidic environment seals the hair cuticles, prevents unwanted hair breakage and maintains moisture to give you soft, thick, and, above all, healthy hair.
In addition to creating the ideal environment for healthy hair growth, Nature Nuskha’s products are also 100% natural and made from botanical extracts of over 25 herbal ingredients. They are carefully curated based on scientific research, and made into unique solutions that combat dandruff, hair fall, premature greying, bacterial and fungal infections, and more. Our products ensure that they restore your hair’s health through the power of nature by imparting vital vitamins, proteins, and anti-oxidants, and never stripping them of them of nutrients and moisture.
You can shop for Nature Nuskha’s range of natural herbal products that can cleanse, deeply nourish, condition, and protect your hair from damage.