I have been doing a lot of research about pH and relaxed hair and I think it is something I have left out of my regimen. My focus has been on moisture and protein balance and while this is important, I think pH balance is also essential.
From now on I am going to try and balance the two. I will invest in test strips and figure out the pH of my staple products. From my online research, products that are usually in the ideal range for hair tend to contain citric acid.
My Nexxus conditioner which I love has citric acid. Most of my moisturisers do not contain any citric acid. Of all my leave-ins, only my Elasta QP Mango Butter leave in and my Garnier Anti Breakage contain any citric acid.
I bought a bottle of Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector and it contains citric acid. According to the MSDS sheet, it has a pH of 4.5-6.0. I am attempting to use this as my moisturiser for the week to see how my hair responds to it. I used it tonight and I must admit I love it! I actually love how my hair feels. I left my hair out today and it is not dry, my strands feel so smooth. I guess my cuticles are probably laying flat.
This is just a quick post as I am trying to document how my hair feels this week to determine whether acid is the way to go. I definitely need to buy pH strips so that I am more scientific in my approach. However, for now, I am going with how my hair feels and it currently feels amazingly soft and well moisturised.