What the pHeck?
This is a short article about Skin, Scalp & Hair pH.
pH is simply the potential for hydrogen and is a measure of how acid or alkali a substance is.
pH is defined on a scale between 0 and 14. Anything between 0 and 6.9 is acidic, 7 is neutral, and anything between 7.1 and 14 is alkaline.
Human skin has a normal range of between 4 and 6.5 whilst Human hair and scalp oil, sebum, has a pH balance of between 4.5 and 5.5. This natural acidity wards off harmful fungi and bacteria on the skin, hair and scalp, and keeps the cuticle layer of the hair closed and healthy.
The hair shaft is comprised of three layers: the cuticle, cortex, and medulla.
The cuticle is the hair’s outer most layer which has shingle or scale like cells that overlap. These cells work defensively to prevent damage to the hair’s inner structure and to control water content of hair. The shingle like cells of the cuticle layer point toward the ends of the hair and are raised after washing. Effective conditioning is very important to restore the natural pH of the scalp and hair as all detergents (Soaps & Shampoos) are alkaline. We recommend using our natural Aloe Vera Hair & Scalp Serum immediately after washing your hair. A small amount is massaged into the scalp & damp hair, working from the roots to tip. You can rinse out after 5 minutes, or just leave it in and style your hair as normal. Our serum leaves the hair feeling smooth and healthy.