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SopphireGem
December 31st, 2013, 02:58 PM
Hey everyone!

I've found these pages which have very interesting information about using pH balanced shampoo/conditioner if you're interested :)

http://www.thankyourbody.com/ph-balanced-shampoo-recipe/

http://www.wikihow.com/Balance-pH-in-Hair-Naturally

http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/importance-of-ph-balance-in-beauty.html

rach
December 31st, 2013, 03:14 PM
Thanks , very interesting and explains rather allot in more of an understanding way.

ladyfey
December 31st, 2013, 04:31 PM
Someone else posted something about this and it was wonderfully helpful for me. I changed to a pH 4.5 shampoo and no longer need to use medicated shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis. My skin loves it too!

Wisť
December 31st, 2013, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the helpful info!
What I really found interesting was the part about rinsing last in the shower being actually on the alkaline side for hair (I was always feeling comfortable about it, because "of course it's neutral") and as such maybe not the best choice for some hair types.
Off to check the pH of my LI-conditioner

Tini'sNewHair
December 31st, 2013, 11:32 PM
(I havent yet checked the links but i will as soon as i have free time! so thank you!) --- I dont understand, how do i check the ph level on my shampoo? It says no mention of it anywhere on the bottle, no numbers to say how high it is. Im having huge problems with flakey/dandruf/oily scalp which forces me to wash every second day at least. Im desspretly looking for SOMETHING to ease this problem already :(

biogirl87
January 1st, 2014, 12:17 AM
(I havent yet checked the links but i will as soon as i have free time! so thank you!) --- I dont understand, how do i check the ph level on my shampoo? It says no mention of it anywhere on the bottle, no numbers to say how high it is. Im having huge problems with flakey/dandruf/oily scalp which forces me to wash every second day at least. Im desspretly looking for SOMETHING to ease this problem already :(Tini, on Natural Haven blog there is a post about the pH level of shampoos, and similar posts about conditioners and leave-ins/stylers. If I remember correctly, many brands of drugstore shampoos that are listed there have the pH or around 5, which is pretty close to being pH balanced for your scalp. So I wouldn't worry about it.

Interestingly enough, when people say that water has a pH of 7, I think they have to be talking about super hard water that has a lot of calcium and hydroxide salts dissolved in it. When I was in college as an undergrad, we did an experiment where we measured the pH level of distilled water. In lab conditions, the distilled water has a pH of about 5, which is pretty acidic. Since soft water does not have many minerals dissolved in it or has no minerals dissolved in it, it would not surprise me if soft water is acidic as well. Just wanted to let everyone know since I think we cannot generalise that all water has a neutral pH (pH of 7).

sofo
January 1st, 2014, 03:58 AM
In Sweden where I live drinking water has to have a pH in the range of 7.5 - 9 to be considered safe. So I think its fairly ok to assume the water has a pH above 7. If the pH is too low the water will taste metallic and be corrosive on piping.

SopphireGem
January 1st, 2014, 03:16 PM
Hey everyone!

Thanks for checking out the links I posted and thanks for all your comments :) They are very interesting :D

Here's a link to a video about the pH of 4 products some people use on their hair undiluted and diluted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBP7CzoiLbQ&list=FL99EHt1suYgo1L_kkDqBwuA&index=1
It's amazing how you can use a tiny amount of each of them diluted in water and they still have strong pHs!

Check out the other videos on her channel about pH balancing: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5532B6CD987E1D88

night owl
January 1st, 2014, 03:53 PM
I went to the Natural Haven blog to see the lists, so I thought I might as well post the links to the info here:

Shampoo: http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/02/ph-of-shampoo-ultimate-list.html

Conditioners: http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/02/ph-of-conditioners.html

Leave-ins and styling aids: http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/03/ph-of-leave-in-conditioners-and-styling.html

Anje
January 1st, 2014, 04:08 PM
Interestingly enough, when people say that water has a pH of 7, I think they have to be talking about super hard water that has a lot of calcium and hydroxide salts dissolved in it. When I was in college as an undergrad, we did an experiment where we measured the pH level of distilled water. In lab conditions, the distilled water has a pH of about 5, which is pretty acidic. Since soft water does not have many minerals dissolved in it or has no minerals dissolved in it, it would not surprise me if soft water is acidic as well. Just wanted to let everyone know since I think we cannot generalise that all water has a neutral pH (pH of 7).
I've noticed this myself, and I can give you 2 reasons for it.

First, CO2 is fairly soluble in water and unlike other gasses, it reacts with the water to form a small amount of carbonic acid. Since pure water is pathetic at buffering, even a very tiny amount will drive down the pH. You'll find that if you leave distilled water sitting out and exposed to air, it gets more acidic over time after the distillation process.

Second and very practically, when you distill water (less if you deionize it, as most universities actually do, though one small one of mine did distill it) it leaves a mess of previously dissolved substances like lime behind on your distillation equipment. Easiest way to clean all that of your expensive glass distillation setup is to periodically wash it in acid. Even with many rinses, even the tiniest amount of acid left can skew how the water reads to a pH meter, again owing to the lack of all buffering in distilled water.

Firefox7275
January 2nd, 2014, 04:03 PM
Hey everyone!

I've found these pages which have very interesting information about using pH balanced shampoo/conditioner if you're interested :)

http://www.thankyourbody.com/ph-balanced-shampoo-recipe/

http://www.wikihow.com/Balance-pH-in-Hair-Naturally

http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/importance-of-ph-balance-in-beauty.html

'pH balanced' doesn't necessarily have any meaning, AFAIK it's not a regulated term and I've seen it on those which are pH 7 or neutral. You actually want pH appropriate products: roughly 4.5 for hair and 5.5 for skin which is fairly acidic.