So I’ve been hearing random not-so-good things about castile soap. Because I am doing the CG method (washing with conditioner only) but this method allows you to use gel as well as product and that is reason for me to want to clean with a little more than conditioner periodically. I DO NOT want to use shampoo so I thought if I used castile soap which is an all natural soap made of oils not a detergent that my hair would be safe from harsh elements. WRONG! Apparently the PH balance in castile soap is very high between 8 and 9. This can strip the hair and make it very dry thus making my health care regimen POINTLESS. I am not saying that I am going to abandon castile soap completely BUT I am going to cute back on my usage….so I am going to change my regimen. Instead of washing my hair with this weekly I am only going to do it Monthly (if needed) and the amount will be less. Last time I used 1/2 cup castile soap, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons Jojoba oil, 2 tablespoons Vitamin E, 2 tablespoons Tea Tree oil, and 2 tablespoons EVOO. This time I will use 1/4 castile soap with same mixtures of oil. I am just a fan of the ingredients and I don’t want to use anything un-natural on my hair.
Okay, so what about the PH balance??? Well a healthy PH balance for our hair is between 4.5 – 5.5. Anything above 7.1 is considered alkaline and anything below 6.9 is considered acidic….our hair is slightly acidic. Pure water is considered neutral at a PH level of 7. When our hair is at the proper PH level the cuticle is closed this stops the hair from frizzing up. When the cuticles are open the result is frizzy hair.
Oohhh, so I signed up for my first hair challenge! 🙂 The deadline has been extended to May 27th so I decided to try it. Thought this was a good challenge especially since I just BC’d I can see where I will be in two years 🙂 Website is http://www.naturalhair2014.com/
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If you do a ACV rinse after using castile soap it will close the cuticles and return your hair to a clean normal ph level 🙂
Thanks Tanya! Thats good news cause I really liked the Castile soap idea!