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Balance is good, especially when it comes to your hair. In fact, a healthy pH balance is what gives hair that silky, touch-me look that turns heads. A natural way to keep your hair’s pH in check is to apply a neutralizer once or twice a week. But before you grab your keys and head out to the beauty supply store, try whipping up your own hair neutralizer recipe.
The pH scale is used to measure acid and alkalinity. The scale ranges from zero to 14, and a pH of seven is neutral. A pH less than seven is considered acid -- more than seven, alkaline. Healthy hair has a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. Locks within this range, are more than likely smooth and silky. Hair that is out of range tends to be dry and brittle. Fighting the frizz requires the help of a neutralizer to balance pH levels.
The low pH of human hair makes it slightly acidic in nature. If you notice your hair becoming damaged and unmanageable, it often means that the styling products you use may be throwing the pH of your hair out of whack. Vinegar is an acid that neutralizes the alkalis, turning them into water and salts. Since water is neutral, your tresses are free to revert back to their happy, acid selves.
Add Some Water
The recipe for vinegar hair neutralizer is one that is simple to remember. Equal parts of vinegar and water – such as ½ cup of vinegar to ½ cup water – should do the trick. Either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar is best for the job and preparing the neutralizer ahead of time in a clean squeeze bottle or spray bottle, ensures that you have it on hand when you need it. Simply shampoo your hair as normal, rinse and squeeze or spray the vinegar and water neutralizer onto your hair. Massage it in good with your fingertips and then rinse it away with warm water.
Take the neutralizing benefits of vinegar one step further by mixing up a batch of vinegar conditioner. Pour 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of almond oil into a small bowl. If you do not have almond oil on hand, olive oil is the perfect substitute. Crack three eggs and add them to the vinegar and oil. Whip the concoction with a whisk, forming a smooth cream, and rub it into your unwashed hair and scalp. Cover your coated tresses with a shower cap and curl up with your favorite glossy for approximately 30 minutes as the neutralizing conditioner works its magic, smoothing your hair’s cuticle and restoring pH balance. After 30 minutes, shampoo, rinse and dry as usual.