Do I need a pH balanced shampoo? It’s a common question that’s the audience asked while attending any hair care seminars. The answer is yes. Like every part of our body, our hair has a certain range of pH that is considered as healthy. Balance pH means that they do not soak too much sebum oil (natural oil secreted by the sebaceous glands) from hair and scalp.
Actually, pH represents to determine whether the solution is alkaline, acidic or neutral- which is measured within a scale of 0 and 14.
Why is pH so important for our scalp?
Natural sebum produced by our scalp has a pH of between 4.5 and 5.5 which makes it slightly acidic that is important to minimize the amount of fungus and bacteria that can lead to itching. If the level goes high, it’ll increase the risk of fungi, scalp eczema, scalp psoriasis, itching scalp, flaking scalp, and dandruff. That’s the situation when dermatologist suggests using clear exfoliating scalp therapy shampoo that is formulated to help shed dead cells to relieve the itching, scaling and flaking of dandruff.
Even when our hair is exposed to certain elements as shampoo, conditioner, hair care products affect the pH level of our hair and scalp. According to the research and lab studies, it’s better to maintain a pH level in between 5 and 7 to promote a healthy scalp and hair.
So to keep your scalp healthy, there is no other way than maintaining proper pH level. On the other hand, more and more people are becoming concern about using hair care and beauty products. Besides, there are some people who have allergies in using chemically produces products.
Similarly, commercial products that don’t cause irritation or discomfort are very expensive. You also find several home remedies on the internet which are not great for maintaining the scalp’s pH level. No worries…. I’ll share few shampoos recopies that will meet your concern.
A mixture of coconut milk and aloe vera gel
Both of these two ingredients work best to keep the pH level lower than 7.
Take a bowl and mix 5 tbsp of aloe vera gel, 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of honey. When it’s ready, starts massaging your scalp and slowly works it down to the tips of your hair. Put a shower cap and let it moisture for 30 minutes. Rinse it well with lukewarm water.
Making your own pH balanced shampoo tablets
Better results can be achieved with this home recipe. You just need 1 can of organic coconut milk and 1 ¾ cups of pure aloe vera gel.
Take a bowl and mix the ingredients with a whisk. To make tablets, pour the paste into ice cube tray and put the tray into the freezer for a couple of hours until it becomes frozen completely. I used to transfer cubes in a container and store it for future use.
How to use these cube: Take out a tablet form the container and keep it in the fridge at least before the night you are going to use it. While taking the shower, take that tablet and rinse well in the scalp as you are using a regular shampoo.
Start with the scalp slowly and then move towards the hair. wait for few minutes and then rinse well with lukewarm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar to maintain the pH of the scalp
ACV helps to maintain the pH level of the scalp and thus helps to make hair long. The acidic substances of ACV can treat dull, brittle, or frizzy hairs those tend to be higher on the pH scale. The acetic acid of ACV helps to lower the pH level and brings back hair to a normal state. It also cures hair fungus. You can use apple cider vinegar for final rinse while washing the hair. It’ll make your hair smooth, strong, and shiner as well.
ACV also helps to control bacteria that lead to the itchy and infected scalp- thereby preventing itchy scalp.
Mix 75 ml of ACV in one liter of water. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and before rinsing the hair use the solution into the scalp. Sit for a couple of minutes and rinse it out with hot and cool water.
Honey citrus pH balance shampoo
Raw honey is an emollient that helps to seals moisture into the scalp and keep it conditioned. It has antioxidant properties that help to prevent damage and maintain a healthy scalp. It’s rich in antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that prevent scalp infection and removes threats of dandruff, eczema or psoriasis of the scalp. Honey cleans the hair follicles.
The ingredients you will need are:
- 1 cup of water.
- 5 tablespoons of honey.
- 5 drops of essential oil (I prefer lemon and tea tree, you also can add rosemary or lavender oil that suits best with your scalp’s skin type).
- 2 Tbsp Castile Soap (optional).
- Glass bottle with dispenser.
Take a bowl and add all the ingredients to make the mixture. You can skip adding the Castile Soap. I prefer using peppermint essential that’s why I choose to add castle soap into the solution. It cleanses my hair better. You also can apply castile soap prior to applying the shampoo and that’s how you can let your hair feel better and cleaner.
Since everyone’s skin and hair is different you have to see what happens after using the formula and which options let you feel better.
Now take the dispenser glass bottle and fill it with the mixture. In a cool temperature, the honey gets separated from water. That’s why before using, shake it well.
Better to use this homemade shampoo once or twice in a week and in between you also can wash your hair with apple cider vinegar that will help you to get better results.
Lemon Juice For Scalp
Lemon juice works as a natural cleanser. It contains not just citric acid but a whole bunch of other chemicals that help reduce dandruff by exfoliating the scalp and maintain the pH level of the scalp. It’s rich in astringent that helps to reduce excess oil, kill germs that cause dandruff. Vitamin and antioxidant properties promote a healthy scalp and natural hair growth.
Instructions to prepare:
Take half of a lemon and apply some pressure to extract the juice for it. Gently scrub the lemon piece into the scalp and sit for few minutes. Due to the acidic substances, you might start a sense of itching. As soon as you feel the urges, rinse it and conditioned your hair as usual. You can repeat this process once or twice in a week.
These are some of the ways that I’m using for many days. Using these shampoo recipes, I have got amazing results. Since everyone’s scalp and hair is different, you might get different results than me. So I would suggest you continue any of the two that work best for you.