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DIY | pH-Balanced Shampoo + why it's important!

posted in Beauty > Hair
11/12/2016
  • WHY IS pH-BALANCED SHAMPOO IMPORTANT? | Because restoring your scalp’s pH is important. In fact, problems with fungi or bacteria on your scalp is likely due to being too alkali. This is often the result of using a product with a higher than 7 pH that strips away your naturally acidic sebum that fights against bacteria. That sebum can help prevent hair loss from dandruff, bacteria, or fungus.
    WHY IS pH-BALANCED SHAMPOO IMPORTANT? | Because restoring your scalp’s pH is important. In fact, problems with fungi or bacteria on your scalp is likely due to being too alkali. This is often the result of using a product with a higher than 7 pH that strips away your naturally acidic sebum that fights against bacteria. That sebum can help prevent hair loss from dandruff, bacteria, or fungus.

  • Your scalp, like your skin, ranges in pH between a 4 + 7. 
7 is neutral. 1 is high acidic. 14 resembles the pH is basic substance. Base means alkaline. 
Liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) has a pH around 8.9… much more alkaline.

    Your scalp, like your skin, ranges in pH between a 4 + 7. 

    7 is neutral. 1 is high acidic. 14 resembles the pH is basic substance. Base means alkaline. 

    Liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) has a pH around 8.9… much more alkaline.

  • Alkaline pH may increase the negative electrical charge of the hair fiber surface +, therefore, increase friction between the fibers. This may lead to cuticle damage + fiber breakage. It is a reality - not a myth - that lower pH of shampoos may cause less frizzing for generating less negative static electricity on the fiber surface. Interestingly, only 38% of the popular brand shampoos against 75% of the salons shampoos presented a pH ≤ 5.0. 
    Alkaline pH may increase the negative electrical charge of the hair fiber surface +, therefore, increase friction between the fibers. This may lead to cuticle damage + fiber breakage. It is a reality - not a myth - that lower pH of shampoos may cause less frizzing for generating less negative static electricity on the fiber surface. Interestingly, only 38% of the popular brand shampoos against 75% of the salons shampoos presented a pH ≤ 5.0. 
  • Coconut milk is awesome for you scalp! The saturated fats help repair damaged hair among other things + aloe vera is also great for keeping the cuticles of your hair closed + healthy.
But these two lovely ingredients also have a lower pH that’s under 7… much more aligned with your scalp’s natural pH.
Fear not! I have solved that problem.

    Coconut milk is awesome for you scalp! The saturated fats help repair damaged hair among other things + aloe vera is also great for keeping the cuticles of your hair closed + healthy.

    But these two lovely ingredients also have a lower pH that’s under 7… much more aligned with your scalp’s natural pH.

    Fear not! I have solved that problem.

  • IMPORTANT: Please read the tips following the recipe to help you troubleshoot any detox issues + love your hair experience fully.

  • INGREDIENTS | 
(+) 1 can of coconut milk (or about 1 1/2 cups if you like to make it yourself)
(+) 1 3/4 cups pure aloe vera gel 
(OPTIONAL) essential oils.

DIRECTIONS | (1) Mix both ingredients in a bowl using a wire whisk to fully incorporate. (2) Pour mixture into ice cube trays. (I used two full trays.)
(3) Put in freezer + wait a few hours until frozen completely. At this point you can transfer them to some sort of bag or container, or just keep them in the trays.
    INGREDIENTS | 
    (+) 1 can of coconut milk (or about 1 1/2 cups if you like to make it yourself)
    (+) 1 3/4 cups pure aloe vera gel 
    (OPTIONAL) essential oils.


    DIRECTIONS | (1) Mix both ingredients in a bowl using a wire whisk to fully incorporate. (2) Pour mixture into ice cube trays. (I used two full trays.)

    (3) Put in freezer + wait a few hours until frozen completely. At this point you can transfer them to some sort of bag or container, or just keep them in the trays.

  • TO USE | Take one cube out before you want to use it (at least the night before) + keep it in a small container or bowl in the fridge until you are ready to shower. Use as you would normal shampoo (about a quarter size amount).


  • Work into the scalp + then move toward the ends of your hair. Let sit for 30 seconds or so + then rinse completely. This will not lather… so don’t keep adding more thinking it will get your hair "more clean." Like all good things in life, a little goes a long way. 

  • I would also HIGHLY recommend using an apple cider vinegar rinse, especially if you experience that ‘waxy’ feeling after using. Place any remaining mixture back in the fridge to use next time you wash your hair. The shelf life of each cube is about 1 week in the fridge. Just be sure to take a new cube out when you use up the other one.

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