Did you know the pH and type of shampoo you use have a direct effect on the health of your hair? If this is news to you, don’t worry! We’re sharing everything you need to know about pH balance and why pH balanced shampoo matters for your hair care routine.
pH-balanced shampoo and why it matters
Before we jump into the benefits of pH balanced shampoo, let’s cover the basics including what pH is and the ideal pH level for hair.
What is pH?
Let’s rewind to high school chemistry for a second. As you may recall, water makes up nearly 60% of the human body. So, it probably comes as no surprise that both your skin and scalp contain water.
And pH is an indicator of how acidic or basic water is. The pH scale goes from 0-14, with 7 being neutral (water). Substances with a pH lower than 7 are considered acidic, whereas substances with a pH higher than 7 are considered basic.
What is the pH of your hair?
Virgin hair has a pH of 5.5 but hair that is colored can have a pH of around 8.5-9.2 Therefore, it’s important to balance your hair’s pH after coloring.
What are the benefits of a pH-balanced shampoo?
If you have color-treated hair, it’s important to have the correct pH in your shampoo so that you can keep the cuticle closed and maintain your color without stripping it out too quickly. This will also help keep your hair looking shiny, glossy, and healthy, as opposed to a dull and processed look. And, a pH-balanced shampoo will help prevent dry hair. For color-treated hair, be sure to avoid using a shampoo with a pH above 5.5 as this will open the cuticle and cause your color to fade much quicker.
Besides keeping your color alive longer, pH balanced shampoo can help manage issues such as frizz and prevent tangling. And, an acidic pH of 4.5-5.5 is key to preventing excessive dryness and hair damage.
Another benefit of a pH-balanced shampoo is that it can provide correction for an oily scalp. If you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp, these symptoms may be managed by using a pH balanced shampoo.
Conversely, using an improperly balanced shampoo or a shampoo with a pH over 7 (alkaline) will strip away too much of your natural oils and your scalp will overproduce to compensate, creating an oily, dirty scalp.
Who should buy a pH balanced shampoo?
And now for the million-dollar question… Is pH balanced shampoo right for you? The short answer is yes.
pH balanced shampoos are specifically formulated to be gentle on hair. Due to their ability to close the hair cuticle, we highly recommend using it on hair that’s been color treated or lightened. Or, if you start to notice dryness or breakage and suspect that pH balance is the problem, using a pH balanced shampoo is a great first step.
Which pH balanced shampoo is best?
If you’re looking to boost your hair’s softness and shine and maintain vibrant color, we recommend you check out our Color Care Shampoo, enriched with ingredients including: Rock Rose Water, Lemon Fruit Water, Sunflower Seed Extract, and Lavender Floral Water.
Naturtint was created by an independently owned, woman-run company in Madrid, Spain, and has been the leader in scientifically innovative hair color and hair care products. Our botanical-inspired formulas contain only the highest-quality ingredients to deliver and maintain radiant color and shine! All Naturtint products are cruelty-free and vegan, so you can be confident that you’re choosing a better option for your hair and the planet.
We use the Global ISO standard 16128 which defines naturally-derived as a plant or mineral derived materials and water which have undergone limited processing. The Naturtint naturally-derived percentage varies between product ranges from 92% to 99%.
Now that you know more about pH balanced shampoos and their role in your hair care routine, you’ll be better equipped to maintain gorgeous and shiny locks year-round!
If you have any questions about your hair care plan or want to learn more about our hair product formulas, we have tons of resources for you on our blog. If you can’t find what you are looking for or need help choosing the right product, our Naturtint hair color specialists are always happy to help!
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