Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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After seeing 4.5 inscribed on my bottle of KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner bottle. I looked up the pH scale. The pH scale starts at 0 and ends at 14; 7 is the balancing point on the scale. Things before 7 are acidic and things after 7 have more alkaline. The closer to 1 a product is, the stronger it is. And the closer a product is to 14, the stronger it is. Here's the scale:

Vinegar 2.7
Neutralizer 3
Hair 4.5-5
Skin 4.5-6
Shampoo 4-4.5
Water 7
Harsh Shampoos 7-10
Lye Relaxers 14
No-Lye Relaxers 14-18

By the way, Did you notice how No-Lye is way off the scale? Just thought you should know. And just in case you're wondering, relaxers shoot up the natural pH of your hair and it takes days for it to go back down.
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Gorgeous Black Women says
February 6, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Are you kidding? I was told that the no-lye was gentler. That's what I've gotten the last two times. They neutralized but my hair's been horrible.

My Crappy Hair

Belle Cheveux says
February 6, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Gorgeous Black Women said...
Are you kidding? I was told that the no-lye was gentler. That's what I've gotten the last two times. They neutralized but my hair's been horrible.

No-Lye is gentler on the scalp, but harsh on the hair. Lye is harsh on the scalp (if not done properly) and gentle on the hair. Lye allows the hair to retain moisture better while No-Lye creates somewhat of a barrier preventing moisture to get in. This is why you get the dry, "poofy," breaking hair. My No-Lye days were filled with breakage.

Anonymous says
January 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Not a big fan of no-lye relaxers, but they do have a lower ph than lye.

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