pH level, just as you learned in high school chemistry class, is a major factor when it comes to the health and strength of your hair. pH balance can make a big difference in how your strands look and feel. Read on to learn more about the pH of hair and why it is so important to consider for your haircare and haircolor regimen.
What Is pH and Why Is It Important For My Hair?
Let’s go back to basics (a trip back to that high school chemistry class, as it were). The pH scale runs from zero to 14; zero through six is the acidic side of the spectrum, seven is neutral, and eight to 14 is alkaline.
“Your hair’s natural pH is somewhat acidic, around 4.5 to 5.5,” explains Redken Artist George Garcia. “It’s healthiest whenever it is in this state.” The only issue? Most of the things we do to our hair disrupt this delicate pH balance, pushing it into the alkaline side. We’re talking chemical processes such as coloring or bleaching, and even shampooing, as many shampoos use alkaline cleansing agents."
The end result? The cuticle—AKA the outer layer of the hair—starts to lift up and the healthy and strength of the hair is ultimately affected, leading to issues such as breakage and frizz. Not to mention that a more alkaline state can also affect the bacteria and oil (which we all have) on the scalp, and potentially cause dandruff.
How Can I Make Sure My Hair Has A Healthy pH Level?
pH level—combined with protein and moisture—ultimately determine your hair’s health, strength, length, shape, and color. Luckily for us and our hair, the entire Redken brand is grounded in science and rooted in effective formulas that are pH balancing. It’s been a part of Redken's DNA since it was founded in the 1960s,
The secret to an optimal hair pH level? Enter Redken’s haircare collection Redken's shampoos are pH balanced, while the conditioners are slightly acidic, a uniquely developed combination that ultimately skews slightly acidic to help keep hair in its pH sweet spot. Redken's haircare systems also have unique protein and moisture levels based on the specific needs of different hair types and colors. Whether your hair is damaged, dry, or color-treated- Redken has the haircare range to provide the best results and keep the hair in the healthiest condition.
Click here to discover the Redken haircare range that is right for your hair needs, and help your strands maintain the balanced, healthy condition they deserve!