10.07.2011

|11| Drum Roll Pleeeeeeease…My Hair Ingredients/Products pH Testing Results


Wednesday, September 28, 2011…
 
Ok, ok, ok, so “tomorrow” turned into a week+ later!  My apologies…life got in the way from me posting last week…anywhooooooo, in continuation from where I left off, as I stated previously, the day(s) of pH testing was a complete success!  In total, I tested 28 ingredients/products!  Yes, 28.  Out of that 28, I regularly use about 17 of them in different ways/forms.  Two of the 28, I discovered I absolutely HAVE to stop using, two products I use to wash my face and just tested because I was curious, and the others, I use sparingly or as needed.
In the “research” (better known as a lot of YouTube video watchin’ and online searchin’!) I’ve done on the subject matter, the following information is what I’ve learned on a VERY basic level. (Please keep in mind, my intent of this post is not give you a detailed pH balance lesson, (I’ll leave that to the experts or folks who are MUCH more knowledgeable than I am), but to simply offer a very generalized POV based on my own personal testing and discovery, and talk about my actions going forward in relation to the ingredients/products I’m using and those I will no longer use.)

FIRST, a “little” insight, so you’ll have SOME idea what the heck I’m about to talk about (lol)…the pH balance scale ranges from 0 to 14, 0-6 range indicates the level of “Acid”, 7 is “Neutral”, and 8-14 range represents the level of “Alkaline”.  To give you “visual” of what each of these ranges represent, battery acid falls under pH of “0”, pure water falls under “7” (neutral), and lye (yeah, that stuff we’ve fried our hair with for GENERATIONS) or oven cleaner fall under pH of “14” .  Human hair has a natural pH 4.5-5.5.  An “ideal” range for hair products falls somewhere between 4.0-6.0, to help close the cuticles of the hair strand and retain moisture.  The specific range in determining how one’s hair responds to various products or ingredients, of course, depends on specific hair type.

Sooooooo, without further ado, here are the pH results of aaaaaaaall the ingredients/products I use, have used, and/or will never use again!  (lol):  (Another disclaimer:  The product brand names I am listing below are SOLELY for the purpose of the pH testing I did for that particular brand, as I use or have used said products.  The intent is NOT to discredit the product or its effectiveness, but to simply show the results and how they may or may not work for ME or meet the standards I seek in the care of my hair.  ~thatisall!  Lol


What I Currently Use Regularly:
Product/Ingredient
Where it Falls on the pH Balance Scale
Notes:

Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap (liquid)
9.5 – 10.0
Too much Alkaline.  No longer using

2 cups water, 1 tablespoon Black soap
9.0
Too much Alkaline.  No longer using
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Tate’s Natural Miracle Conditioner
7.0
Use as a wash-out/leave-in conditioner.  Also used to co-wash

Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (18 in 1 - Hemp, Tea Tree)
10.0
Too much Alkaline.  No longer using
ü
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
7.0
I usually use this in my "creamy" moisturizer mix and flaxseed gel mix
ü
Tate’s Conditioner with EVOO mixed in
7.0
I use this as my "creamy" moisturizer (vs. the spray)
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Jojoba Oil
7.0
I use this as a scalp oil, in my "spray" moisturizer, and in my "creamy" moisturizer as an alternate for EVOO
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George’s Aloe Vera Juice (unrefrigerated)
7.0
Note, from the info I've read and seen, pH for AVJ was between 3.2 - 4.5.  I tested it several times and got the same result, "7".  It MAY have something to do with the fact this brand is unrefrigerated…hmmmm (to be cont'd)

Aloe Vera Juice/Vegetable Glycerin/Water/Jojoba Oil Moisturizer Spray (homemade)
7.0
This is used regularly as my "spray" moisturizer
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Aloe Vera Juice/Vegetable Glycerin/Water/Jojoba Oil/1/8 teaspoon of Distilled White Vinegar
5.0
Started using this 9.20.11 and have noticed a difference.  Ends are not as coiled, hence less tangling/knots!  :)
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Now Solutions Vegetable Glycerin
7.0
Staple ingredient for my "spray" moisturizer
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Trader Joe's Aloe Vera Gel
4.5 – 5.0
I use this either alone or mix into the flaxseed gel when I make it
ü
Now Solutions Shea Butter
7.0
Staple ingredient to "seal in" moisture after I apply the spray or creamy moisturizer

Now Solutions Almond Oil
7.0
ü
Now Solutions Castor Oil
7.0
Will use as a "sealant" alternate
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Trader Joe’s Grape Seed Oil
7.0
Use as a scalp oil occasionally
ü
Flaxseed Gel (homemade)
~5.5
Use this for my two-strand twists and to "slick down" my edges
ü
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
2.5
Now using to "acidify" my "spray" moisturizer

Mott’s Lemon Juice
2.0
Will begin using as an "acidifier"
ü
Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
3.0
Now using as an "acidifier" to close the hair cuticles
ü
Trader Joe’s Organic Mayonnaise
4.0 – 4.5
Used for my deep conditioning mix (honey, mayo, EVOO, egg)
ü
Kinky Curly Knot Today (conditioner)
7.0
My alternate wash out or leave-in conditioner.  I also use this to co-wash

Jason’s Biotin Conditioner
~6.5
No longer use because I now like the Tate's conditioner & KCKT

Lemon Juice Rinse
Acidifier now used after shampooing

(1 cup water, ¼ teaspoon lemon juice)
5.0
ü
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Acidifier now used after shampooing

(1 cup water, ¼ teaspoon ACV)
4.5 – 5.0
ü
(1 cup water, ½ teaspoon ACV)
4.0

Canus Goat’s Milk Soap
10 – 11
Note:  used as a face wash.  Note, when I tried to melt it in microwave, IT DIDN’T and just burned!!  So, I place a piece of it in water and let it dissolve a bit to test it.  Needless to say, NO LONGER USING!

Goat’s Milk Soap made by Thank God I'm Natural (Vanilla Bean & Oatmeal)
8.5 – 9.5
Note: use as a face wash and this DID melt in the microwave

So, there you have it!  I know, I know…there’s a WHOLE lot goin’ on in that chart above, but my hair regimen really isn’t as challenging as it looks!  But, what I HAVE learned from this pH testing is I MAY have been OVER-moisturizing my hair.  I know that sounds crazy, but I think there may be some truth to it.  All these months, I THOUGHT I had this moisturizing thing DOWN, but this newest discovery has made me realize, my hair follicles were not “closed” and not retaining the moisture it needs, which prompted me to continuously moisturize.  Though my hair strands and ends coiled as they should, they were actually TOO coiled, hence the tangling and knotting I’ve mentioned previously.  The addition of the Apple Cider Rinse (ACV) and the “tweaking” of my “spray” moisturizer to my regimen have completely opened my eyes!!  I immediately feel the difference.  My hair is “smoother” and my ends are more curly than coiled which is going to help significantly in preventing a lot of the tangling and knotting I’ve been experiencing of late.  This newfound knowledge is still a work in progress, so I will continue to monitor over the next few months to see if indeed this was the “fix” I needed to address the concerns I’ve been having of late.
I will definitely keep you posted…
…Until my fingers keystroke again,

CoilyCoiff2010

1 comment:

  1. Hey Talishia, thanks for your extensive research. I ordered and received my pH strips today. My daily moisturizing spray was neutral and I added a few teaspoons of ACV. I have no idea why I had ACV in my cupboard, but it was unopend and will expire in 2013. LOL! Well thanks again for the information. I will see if I see a difference.

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