I hope you are all doing well. I read a post the other day on the blog Kanelstrand that brought a point about how important it is to keep your hair pH balanced… I was like WTF?
Here is why the pH of shampoo is important for healthy hair:
pH (potential of Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. pH is judged on a scale between 0 and 14. Anything with a pH less than 7.0 is acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and anything with a pH greater than 7.0 is alkaline.
Hair and skin are covered by a very thin fluid layer comprised of oil, salt and water, called the mantle, which is slightly acidic and has a pH balance of between 4.5 – 5.0.
“The natural acidity of the hair and scalp prevents fungi and bacteria, and keeps the cuticle closed and healthy.”
An inadequate hair product can disrupt the natural pH of the hair. If your hair care routine is too alkali your hair cuticles will stay open and your hair will be dry and brittle. But if you use pH balanced products, i.e. ones that are close to the natural pH of the hair (4.5 – 5.0) your hair cuticles will close properly which will result in healthy shiny hair.
I’ve struggled a lot lately with dry scalp I have quite a large scar on my head and I’m not sure if that is one of the reasons or not. I wrote an important post in April regarding how important it is to keep our skin healthy since it is our largest organ (which most might not know).
I mentioned using the “no-poo” option for dry scalp and to be quite honest it seemed to work for a little while but I’m now feeling that my scalp is being back to very dry at times and very itchy! Not fun!
I went out on a mission this week to find a new, homemade shampoo that might be a better option. I found a couple of options that I combined to come up with my own “Adrian Nadeau flake control Shampoo” (I always wanted my own branded product line lol).
Here is what I’ve come up with to try:
- 2.5 oz (75 ml) coconut milk
- 3 oz (88 ml) Aloe Vera
- 1 tsp of olive oil (for dry scalp)
- 10 drops of essential oil (lavender)
I’m about to get a shower and test it out! I’ll keep everyone posted on how it works. Do you have any other good homemade remedies for itchy scalp control? Please post below for us to read. Especially us that have dry scalp, thanks!
Lots of love,