January 8, 2013
Advice for healthy, shiny hair
Making every day a great hair day isn’t too difficult once you understand why & how a balanced pH is key to healthy, beautiful hair.
What is pH?
Many hair products promote the fact that they restore the pH balance in your hair, and unless you remember High School Chemistry, you are probably left wondering, “What the pH?!?!” For those who passed notes instead of paid attention in class, pH stands for potential of Hydrogen, and is a scale of measurement from 1, being the most acidic, to 14, being the most alkaline.
Why is balanced pH important for healthy hair?
So, now that you know what pH is, you’re probably wondering why it’s so important to your hair. Hair that is pH balanced means that it falls between 4.5 and 5.5 on the pH scale, and it means that your hair is healthy, has a natural shine, and is protected from fungi and bacteria that causes odor and damage to hair.
” hair with an un-balanced pH causes unsealed cuticles and high levels of fungi and bacteria”
When your hair’s pH is not balanced your hair’s cuticle is opened, which leads hair color to look dull and uneven. Unsealed cuticles also contribute to damage, dryness, and lack of vibrancy. Your scalp can be itchy, stinky and/or extra oily. This is caused by bacteria and fungus that thrives in low acidity pH.
What factors put hair’s pH balance at risk?
The daily wear and tear that hair experiences from products and natural elements can interrupt normal pH balances. With all chemical treatments–such as removal of natural hair color, deposit of color and conventional hair straighteners “the cuticle of the hair opens up to allow the hair color to penetrate to the cortex where it can react with the hair’s pigment molecules to produce a color change, and raises the pH level hair,” says Terry DeMarco, Barberia’s owner and hair color expert. It is important to close the hair cuticle after these services to restore the pH balance and prevent damage.”
How to return hair to a balanced pH level
If your hair is dry and dull, or if you are experiencing damage, stinky scalp or overly oily hair, it probably means that the pH level of your hair needs to be rebalanced.There are ways this can be done safely, and effectively:
- Choose a shampoo that is pH balanced.
Ones to try: Barberia’s True Hue Anti-fading Color Shampoo or Silk Protein Shampoo.
- Follow with the corresponding conditioner. Most shampoos & conditioners are formulated in pH balanced pairs designed to work together. While it is beneficial to use a treatment periodically to target hair-specific issues, your best bet will be to keep your routine cleanse & condition limited to shampoos and conditioners that are formulated to work together.
One to try: Silk Protein Conditioner
- Restore pH levels after each hair color or chemical treatment: “The best way to do this is with a post-service conditioning treatment that is specifically designed to restore proper pH levels,” Terry advises.
One to try: Biophil Hair Treatment. This conditioning treatment is specifically designed to restore pH balance and close the cuticle of the hair (this month, Barberia is offering a FREE BiopHil with every color service! Click here for details).
If you are still experiencing signs of unbalanced pH levels in your hair, talk to your stylist for a customized solution.