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Understanding the Hair Ph scale:

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Understanding the Hair Ph scale:

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Understanding the Hair Ph scale lift and Deposit :To colour or dye hair to do any chemical service on hair to be professional in what we deliver we have to understand the structure of hair how it works and why !

Having posted the topics recently on the Colour Wheel and the law of Colour I think that we also need to cover the important role that understanding Ph chart and the role that it plays in the hair colouring process and indeed the chemistry of all chemical services performed on the hair.


When we do any chemical service on the hair be it. Colour. Perming. Relaxing. We have to create an environment that enables us to get below the surface layer the cuticle layer of the hair. This is the outer layer that serves to protect the inner structure from both damage and moisture loss,the inner layer being the cortex and Medulla.A little help with Ph balance chart:

Once we have decide on the service we are going to perform in this case colour. The formulation we choose will dictate the amount of deposit the more we open the cuticle the deeper the deposit. Understanding Ph, lift, deposit, are key to being able to perform outstanding colour services.

Healthy hair should have a Ph of 5 to 5.5  when we introduce an alkaline be it Ammonia which comes in many different strengths the stronger the more it will open the cuticle. The same can be said for other colour drivers MEA, Dealcoholised grain products. All serve the same purpose to manipulate the Ph of the hair to create an environment for performing any chemical service. The stronger the product the more the cuticle will be opened and the more damage can be done with products manipulating the Ph from 7 up to 11 and in some cases beyond it some extreme cases we have to consider who to help and address this extreme exposure to alkalinity [‘ARM’] Assess reconstruct moisturise!! It is essential after a process to re balance the hair and close the cuticle and restore that natural balance of 5.5. This can be done with a chemical balancing product these normally have a Ph of 2.5 they are worked into the hair  combed through gently and rinsed off with water  when introduced to the hair it will close the cuticle and restore the ph balance of the hair to 5.5.

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Always be aware to consider the hair condition and assess during consultation before deciding on any chemical service knowing and understanding the Ph of hair is key to keeping it healthy and allowing colour retention or retaining moisture after the perming process.

Part of the consultation process should address the condition, porosity, moisture level. issues of fading. colour retention. These are all things effected by the hair’s Ph level being at a correct level. It is also during this consultation process to not only assess the hair both by touch and visual inspection. but through communication getting a fully in depth history of past products used and indeed products being used at this time. With so many products that manipulate our Ph mantle opening the cuticle to deposit anything from stains to silicone based products that over time will build up in the hair, note they can cause issues when trying to get even deposit in the colouring process.

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This is why it is essential that as stylist’s we have a good all round knowledge of products and how they work on the hair during any chemical process. In closing it was brought to my attention by someone who sent me a question via a hair site about Ph saying that they could not find any information on the subject, I thought this very odd but having looked through the NVQ the official guide [Hairdressing foundation] I have to say  i find it very odd that this topic is not covered in some depth. As understanding the Ph of hair is so key to chemical services.

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This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

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Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
Conclusion
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

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 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

I also think that we need to always look at the WhyAsk the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.

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Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

Mike B2MR

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2 Responses to “Understanding the Hair Ph scale:”

  1. nike tn says:

    nike tn…

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