So, What Does A Ph-Balancing Shampoo Do Anyway?

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
So, what does a pH-balancing shampoo do anyway?

There are several factors you take into consideration while selecting skincare and hair care products. But one that almost always gets ignored is the pH balance of a product. If you thought you only need to focus on balancing the pH level of your skin, here's an update: your hair needs it too.

Similar to the skin, the ideal pH level of your scalp should be 5.5. For those who don’t know what a pH scale is, it’s basically a scale that measures the acidic and alkaline level of water-soluble substances. The scale ranges from 0 to 14, 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. So how do you balance the pH level of your scalp? By using a pH balancing shampoo, that’s how. A pH-balancing shampoo also possesses several other benefits. Wanna know what they are? Scroll below to find out…


Reduces frizz

Prevents hair colour from fading

If you have dry, frizzy or lifeless hair, using a pH-balancing shampoo can be quite beneficial. It won’t strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils, thereby maintaining a healthy shine. Frizzy hair is also prone to breakage, replacing your current shampoo with a pH-balancing one will also prevent breakage.


Relieves itchy scalp

Prevents hair colour from fading

Just like hormones affect the health of your skin, they can play an important role in the health of your scalp as well. If you notice that your scalp produces more oil, it could be a sign of hormonal imbalance. This too can be managed by switching to a pH-balanced shampoo; it will relieve your scalp of excess oil that often leads to an itchy scalp.


Seals the hair cuticle

Prevents hair colour from fading

Some hair types and textures are naturally drier than others. This means that this hair type is more on the alkaline side of the pH scale and needs a shampoo that is acidic-dominant to contract the cuticle. Using a pH balancing shampoo will close the cuticle partially and make curly hair look less dry and frizzy.


Prevents hair colour from fading

Prevents hair colour from fading

Some shampoos can fade your hair colour faster than you like or make it look dull and lifeless. During the colouring process, alkaline-rich products are used to open the hair cuticles, so to ensure long-lasting colour, it is important to use a pH-balancing shampoo that will contract the cuticle and prevent colour from fading.

Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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