Monday, 20 February 2012

pH of Conditioners

Following on from the pH of shampoos, here are those of hair conditioners. This particular list is just rinse out and deep conditioners. There will be another list for leave ins and finishing products.

pH of Conditioners

PRODUCT pH
Brand: Herbal Essences
Hydralicious M 5.0-6.5
Hello Hydration (mask) M 4.5-6.5
Hello Hydration (tall jar) M 5.5-6.5
Totally Twisted M 5.3-6.7
None of Your Frizziness M 4.0-5.5
Long Term Relationship M 4.2-5.6
Brand: Pantene
Pro-V Color Preserve Volume M 4.0-6.0
Pro-V Color Preserve Shine M 3.5-6.5
Pro-V Relaxed and Natural M 5.3-6.7
Curly Hair Series Moisture Renewal M 3.5-6.5
Brand: Aussie
Moist M 4.8-5.8
Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner M 4.8-5.8
Sydney Smooth Treatment 3 Minute Miracle M 3.8-4.7
Brand:Aubrey Organics
Honeysuckle rose T (5.5)
Brand: Tresemme
Naturals Nourishing Conditioner M 4-5
Naturals Conditioner Moisture M 4-5
Moisture  M 4-4.8
Conditioner Vitamin E  M 3.8-5
Brand: Aphogee
Two Step Protein Treatment M 2.8-3.2
Balancing Moisturizer M 4-5.5
Brand: Suave
Suave (all) M 5-7 
Brand:Creme of Nature
Kiwi and Lime T (6.5)
Brand: VO5
Tea Therapy  M 3.7-5.2
Moisture Milk Strawberry and Cream M 3.7-5.2
Kiwi Lime Squeeze M 3.7-5.2
Brand: Alberto Balsam
Coconut and Lychee M 3.7-4.5
Mandarin M 3.7-4.5
Brand:Shea Moisture
Restorative Conditioner T (6.5)
Purification Masque T (6.5)
Brand: Jane Carter
Solution Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner T (7)
Brand: Devacurl
DevaCurl One Condition M 4.7
DevaCurl Heaven in Hair M 3.7
DevaCare One Condition M 4.7
Brand: Nexxus
Humectress M 4.5-5.5
Brand:Trader Joe
Nourish Spa T 6.5
Brand: Yes to
Yes to Carrots T (6)
Brand: Giovanni
Smooth as silk T (6.5)
50:50 Balance T (6.5)

(**pH values are only reliable for water soluble liquids. A conditioner with solids cannot have a reliable pH value**)
Terresentials Mud Wash -
Rhassoul Clay (mixed with liquid) -
Bentonite Clay (mixed with liquid) -


The values in the table are sourced as indicated below
M   - manufacturer value
T - The Natural Haven test value
* - This value is untested but likely given the shampoo is soap based

If you have not yet added your conditioner to the research list then please leave a comment!

The companies that I am awaiting a response:
Shea Moisture, Kinky Curly, L'Oreal, Carol's Daughter, Burts Bees,Lush, Elasta QP, Curls, Aveda, Oyin



49 comments:

  1. Hairveda strinillah please

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  2. Thank you for seeking out and compiling all of this information into one source. This is awesome!

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    1. Please add Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner. :) My thoughts are that it has a low (acidic) ph in order to account for/offset the very alkaline shampoo (cuticles raised, the conditioner can be pushed in). --That's what I hope. Thanks.

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    2. This is a great reference list, thank you!

      Could you add the MHM-approved version of Tresemmé Naturals Radiant Volume? It's the one with the caprylic/capric triglyceride toward the *end* of the list of ingredients and not the beginning. (It's not entirely clear to me whether that's the old or newer formula.) Thanks again!!!

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  3. Can I get the pH balance for the Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment, and The Curl Junkie Moisturizing Hair Treatment? Thanks!

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    1. No probs, I think I already emailed Jessicurl, I will recheck

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    2. Were you ever able to find the ph for curl junkie products?

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  4. Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner please 'n' thanks :)

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  5. Hi JC. I have a quick question. What is the ideal pH range for a conditioner (deep or rinse out)? I use the Giovanni SAS but I am a little surprised to learn that the pH is so high. Is it okay as long as its below 7? Or should we look for things with more acidic pH's to help close the cuticle?

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Anything between pH 4-7 is perfectly fine for a conditioner.

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    2. so do you think heaven in hair is a little low PH wise?

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    3. Yes, strictly speaking it is low. However, if it contains protein or amino acids, those tends to deposit better at lower pH and therefore it may actually be more effective than another protein containing which is at pH 6 for example . I think the best assessment of a conditioner is how it makes your hair feel.

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    4. I was just about to ask the same question about the DevaCurl Heaven in Hair. I just recently went natural and did my big chop and I am participating in the curlsofjoy challenge, and week six was about pH and hair. I just wanted to confirm that the Heaven in Hair does contain amino acids (wheat amino acids, soy amino acids, and oat amino acids) it is a little far down in the list of ingredients, which may mean that they are present in a small amount. But since the amino acids are present is it right to assume that the pH of 3.7 is okay?

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  6. Is this list only for major brands?

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    1. As you can see in red at the bottom of the post, many smaller natural brands have been contacted but have not responded yet. The list is for any company that responds and for any products that I can pH test (please note that I will not be purchasing products that I do not need for this purpose)

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  7. Will you be getting info from any these brands?
    Coppola
    Macadamia Natural Oil

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    1. I believe these two were on the conditioner list and I will have emailed through. I will recheck though

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  8. omg THANK YOU!!! I've been looking for something like this for months now and I was too lazy to do it myself haha

    peacelovenhair.blogspot.com

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  9. Interesting...the one HE conditioner that works the best for me in terms of slip is the one that has the lowest pH (None of your Frizzness). Since I started using Kinky-Curly products (lower pH) and did the Kimmaytube tweak on my Giovanni Direct leave-in (designed to lower pH) my hair has done amazingly well. Who'da thought? Thanks for this.

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  10. Wow! This confirms it! I should stick with Jane Carter Solution!!! Thanks

    -CosmicMedium.com

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  11. Hi thank you for these post they are really helpful as to help me understand why my hair feels a certain way after using a certain conditioner or shampoo. Can't wait for the leave-ins list to come. I just want to know if we can have the pH for the Aphogee balancing moisturizer conditioner, Garnier Fructis triple nutrition conditioner and the Garnier fructis length and strength conditioner, if possible. Thank you and great blog!

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    1. Aphogee gave me the full list of products so I have added the balancing moisturizer for you. Garnier I am still awaiting

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    2. Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it! =D

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  12. This is absolutely awesome JC! Thank you for taking the time to research and list these!! I'll have to check out your shampoo list too, but the rinse out and leave-in conditioners are definitely of most interest to me!! I'll definitely be sharing a link to this with my readers so they can check this out!!

    Shelli

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  13. Okay, I'm sorry if this is a dupe, but I just tried to post a comment and it didn't appear. Just was saying what an awesome list this is and I'll be sharing a link to your post with my readers for sure!! Thank you for doing this research as this is very valuable information!!

    Shelli

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  14. Oh, and Jc, you have DevaCurl, I was wondering about DevaCARE One Conditioner. Also, if you can get it, I'd love to know the pH of Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner (I use it as a DC and love it, so I suspect it has a pH in the 4-6 range). Thanks again!!

    Shelli

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  15. Why are some of the ph values in ()?

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    1. It helps to distinguish from the manufacturer's values and test values (i.e an actual product which was pH tested by me).

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  16. millcreek botanicals biotin conditioner and henna conditioner

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  17. Thank you so much for this info....SO helpful as I really notice the difference in my hair when pH varies. Do you to happen to have info for Garnier Triple Nutrition. (Original formulation w/o silicone)? Thanks again!

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  18. I would gladly add the names of several of my favorite products to the research product list.

    Roux- porosity control corrector & conditioner(one product).
    Zotos- porosity equalizer leave-in spray-on treatment
    Nexxus- Emergencee(new formula) restorative strength conditioning
    treatment.
    The old gold standard formula of this product is Nexxus emergencee strengthening polymeric reconstructor. While it's can still be found if you do a bit of searching.

    P.S. I just have to say this blog is just....the clear, clean, concise, SCIENTIFIC approach...this is priceless.

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  19. Thank you so much. Can you please include tresemme naturals nourishing moisture shampoo and the conditioner.thank you.

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  20. Can you please include ORS Replenishing conditioner , garnier fructis triple nutrition conditioner and beautiful textures rapid repair Deep conditioner. Thanks

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  21. Great post.. Do you know the ph of desert essence coconut conditioner? Thank you.

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  22. Is this list accurate because the suave tropical coconut is a 4.0 and the trader joes is a 4.0, the shouldnt be at a 6 or 7.0?

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    1. The pH for Suave is provided by the manufacturer from 2012. Where did you get your figures from?

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  23. Garnier Fructis citrus mint

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  24. What is the pH level for the conditioner Vidal Sasson

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  25. Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

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  26. I was here a month ago and Deva curl was listed as a pH of 6 for both the nopoo cleanser and one condition. What changed??

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    1. There are separate lists for conditioners and shampoos. Please reference the correct list. No updates have been applied to the lists.

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  27. Soooo your the best person for this!! I was wondering if you might add Qhemet Biologics line and Koily by Nature to your list ( I think they provide the pH levels on the site, but i kinda trust you much more). Other then that all I can do is sing your praises for easing my mind and giving me the best information to make decisions on my own!! Your awesome and with this fantastic ground work your helping so many ppl.

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  28. I wish you had pictures of the bottles.

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  29. Can you tell me what is the pH for Kinky Curly Knot Today?

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  30. Can you add Avalon Organics to the list? I'd like to go back to more natural shampoo's again but not if they're too high in ph as they're more expensive than the current herbal essence/aussie combo I'm using. awesome job btw! :)

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