What is the Right pH Value for Hair and How To Achieve Healthy Hair?

Written by: RKT Hair Care Team


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Why the pH Value for Hair Matters

Men and women alike should be aware of the impact that pH levels an have on the overall health of our health. Ensuring that the pH level never go above or beyond the natural threshold can be an essential step in ensuring that your hair stays vibrant and healthy.

In case you need a short refresher on the pH value, it is basically a measure of the acidity or alkalinity in an given environment, such as our hair. the pH values can range from 0 to 14, and 7 is considered neutral. A value lower than 7 indicates acidity, while above 7 indicates alkalinity.

The Effects of pH Levels in Your Hair

Our hair typically maintains a slightly acidic level, often ranging between 4.5 and 5.5. Some hair care products that contains chemicals can offset this natural level, leading to a range of different problems. These values are generally considered the same for both men and women, but there can be genetic factors playing a role in the exact values.

Typically, if the pH value for hair is less than 4.5, you might notice more brittle hair that tends to break more easily. On the other hand, pH values above 5.5 can results in porous hair follicles and hair cuticles that swell up.

Best Hair Care Ingredients to Balance pH Levels

If you wish to take good care of your hair, and ensure that your pH levels stay within the recommended natural range, then you should consider choosing hair care products that contains one or more of these ingredients: 

  • Aloe vera is not only great for soothing the scalp and moisturizing your hair, but it is also an ingredient that helps balance the pH value of your hair. Using products that contain aloe vera is therefore a great idea if you are concerned about irregularities.

  • Peppermint oil is another ingredient that has natural pH balancing properties, as it is slightly acidic and thus helps regulate the hair and scalp. It also has other benefits, as highlighted in this article we have written previously.

  • Ginseng is a well-known medicinal herb that is especially popular in Asia. But it also has an adaptogenic nature which helps regulate the pH levels of your scalp.

Aloe Vera

There are other benefits for each of these ingredients as well, since they not only help balance the pH levels, but also provide your hair with nutrients that will moisturize, strengthen and otherwise improve your hair.

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Choosing Hair Care Products

The scalp is particularly prone to varying pH levels, and is often one of the first areas where you will notice an imbalanced pH. Many people who experience dandruff or dryness and itchiness can alleviate this by using a hair care product that is pH balanced.

Hair care products that are pH balanced will help your hair retain the moisture already existent, while typically also having other ingredients that adds more moisture. This is important in order to prevent dryness and irritation in particular.

Many people who dye their hair often experience a change in the pH values of their hair. By using products such as our RKT Shampoo and Conditioner, you can help lock in the color better, prevent premature fading, and ensure that your pH levels balance out.

Key Takeaways

Hair with a pH below 4.5 may become brittle, while values above 5.5 can lead to porous hair follicles.

Choose hair care products with pH-balancing ingredients to help maintain healthy hair.

Maintain vibrant and healthy hair by ensuring pH levels stay within the natural threshold.


Does the pH level matter for my hair?

Yes. If your hair falls outside the natural pH values, you might experience negative effects.

Can I change the pH value of my hair?

Yes. By using products with an optimal pH level, you can balance out the overall environment of your hair. Products such as our RKT Shampoo will help you achieve healthy hair and scalp.