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Play Nice

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I gave my hair the gift that I hope keeps giving. Last night I took the time to sit down and give my whole head a good twisting. This took a couple of hours, but it was well worth it. I did all the de-tangling with my fingers and made certain not to be too rough. This morning I gave it an apple cider vinegar rinse that I hope fed my hair’s natural acidity before piling on the conditioner. I was even nice enough to not rinse most of that conditioner out. See how kind I’m being to my crown. I hope it pays off in the long run.

Cleans hair but doesn’t dry it out!  

I want to talk about hair acidity quickly. As I mentioned before, I used the apple cider vinegar to my rinse my hair and I just read in The Science of Black Hair (Ev just sent me a copy and I’m devouring it), Our hair is naturally acidic. Whenever I heard commercials say that certain shampoos and conditioners were pH balanced, I didn’t know what they were talking about. When we put things in our hair like alkaline— the opposite of acid, our hair has an adverse reaction. 

According to author Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, “healthy hair and skin both have acid mantles with pHs in the 4 to 5.5 range.” Davis-Sivasothy goes on to describe what acid does for our hair and skin saying, it acts as a barrier to bacteria and other contaminates that try to enter the body. Alkaline are usually the contaminant culprits (i.e. relaxers, ammonia, milk of magnesium).

Davis-Sivasothy suggests “neutralizing shampoos, conditioners, and natural substances such as lemon and apple cider vinegar” to keep our hairs acidity at its proper level.


Author: Charish Halliburton

Writer and Editor for The Motley News

One thought on “Play Nice

  1. Yay, I'm glad the package finally came! 😉


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