pH Balancing with the “Kimmaytube Leave In Recipe”

pH Balancing with the “Kimmaytube Leave In Recipe”

Hello Ladies!  Many of us have heard of the infamous “Kimmaytube Leave In Recipe” popularized by Kim Love, of YouTube.  She is a natural haired beauty vlogger.  I did not follow her journey from the beginning but have seen her earlier videos and am quite amazed and impressed with her length and retention; her hair is GORGEOUS!!!  She has been natural for many years but never retained much length until she began to study and understand the “science of hair” as she refers to it.  Although pH balancing hair products was not her “idea” (she credits those from whom she has learned) Kim certainly introduced the concept to thousands of women in a very clear manner and provided a basic recipe that would work best with hair’s natural pH. Many others have since used her leave-in mixture with great results.  I myself used it twice last year and I did love it, but you KNOW how I feel about mixing my own hair products; So although I liked it, I never stuck to using it because of its inconvenience.  While I am not a huge fan of Ms. Love herself due to some misinformation she has provided about chemistry and hair as well as disagreeing with some of her opinions that are presented as facts, I think she has helped a lot of women by just inspiring us to pay closer attention to the pH of our favorite hair products and am in awe of the health and length of her hair!  Since my “bad ends” fiasco, I’ve been trying to do everything I can think of to improve my hair’s health – including pH testing and balancing.
Here is her recipe taken directly from her YouTube page:

Kimmaytube Leave In Recipe

2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred conditioner (silicone free) 2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5 2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (optional. I sometimes do without it) 2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil Mix well. This mixture should be applied to wet, freshly washed hair . Feel free to substitute the oils. The most IMPORTANT part of this mixture is the pH balance. Make sure that it is at least 4.5 ph. pH strips can be purchased from All other ingredients can be found in most local health food stores. Enjoy! 

I found the above recipe to be too oily for my relaxed hair (as did most other relaxed girls from the reviews I’ve seen on it) so I’ve modified it to best suit my needs.  The importance of the entire recipe is that your leave in has a pH between 4-5 and that it provides moisture and lubrication.  So here is what works best for me:
My altered Kimmaytube Leave In Recipe:
  • 2 tbsp of leave-in conditioner (I’m using Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk)
  • 2 tbsp of Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 tsp hemp oil
  • 1/2 tsp avocado oil
You know that I am heavy on the ceramides bandwagon and that I recently purchased avocado oil and I love the way it leaves my hair feeling.  So this is the current leave-in mixture I am using on my hair and I must admit, I am loving the results even more than when I used her original recipe last year.  My hair is still very soft even after airdrying and I’m sure we have all experienced “brillow pad” airdried hair!  lol.  The cuticles are smooth and my hair seems to be moisturized and sealed, there is no need for me to add additional product when it finishes airdrying.

I bought my pH strips from a local teacher’s supply store, but Ms. Love sells them on her website: and you can also purchase them from Amazon (of course).
  • Anonymous

    Your hair looks awesome! I foud kimmaytube leave in conditioner on ebay.
    Buy Kimmaytube Leave In Conditioner

  • Mandy

    Glad I re read this… I used her recipe before, just used half the amount of the recommended oil (used JBCO with either jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond) and I retained a lot of length. It detangled and kept my hair so moist! Breakage was minimal! I tried it with DB CLTC and KCKT! I am gonna revisit! There is a reason you are a favorite blogger of mine! Great post!

    • I started to use her conditioner again because it is to hot for my scurl moisturizer. I hope it works the same way it did when I was relaxed.