Hard Water: How It Is Ruining Your Hair & What You Can Do About It

Hard water is typically formed by soft water, particularly rain water, accumulating minerals like calcium and magnesium as it percolates through the soil. It’s not really harmful to your overall health, but it can do a number on your skin and hair.

So, here’s everything you need to know, to prevent and limit the damage from hard water.

How It Hurts Your Hair

“Hard water can cause a buildup of minerals in your hair and dry it out severely”

The calcium and magnesium in hard water can create a lot of problems for your hair, making it dull, dry, and straw-like. As a result your hair also becomes increasingly brittle, making it susceptible to breakage.

Fortunately, there’s a lot that you can do to counter this risk.

How To Minimize The Risks Of Hard Water

Showerhead Water Filter

“Although they cannot filter all minerals in hard water, this is the best option for convenience & cost”

Showerhead filters enhance the pH levels of hard water and reduce harmful mineral traces considerably, but they cannot eliminate them altogether. Showerhead filters are an affordable and easy option though, making them the first priority.

Water Softener

“A water softener is the most effective solution, but these can be rather expensive”

A water softener can relieve all your hard water troubles, but these devices can be rather expensive. Water softeners can remove most of the metallic compounds from the water, including calcium and magnesium. If your permanent residence receives a hard water supply, this would be a good investment.

Apple Cider Vinegar Or Lemon Juice

“These ingredients can help to eliminate mineral buildup on your hair & scalp”

Both, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, are natural detoxifiers that can reduce the buildup in your hair. The acidic nature of both ingredients will help remove any mineral buildup from your hair.

Add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to water in a 3:1 ratio. Massage your hair with this concoction after shampooing, and rinse after a few minutes. This will give your hair a nice shine. Make sure to use this sparingly, as it can make your hair dry and brittle, which would take you back to square one!

Clarifying Shampoo

“Although helpful in protecting against hard water, these shampoos should be used sparingly”

Clarifying shampoos are specifically designed to prevent and remove mineral buildup in your hair. They help to get rid of hard water buildup and retain your mane’s natural shine.

On the downside, most of these shampoos also strip your hair of all moisture, so it is vital that you condition your hair after shampooing. Look for a shampoo that has the ingredient EDTA and be sure to use this shampoo only once a week.

Moisturizing Mask

“This should be a permanent fixture in your hair care routine, as hard water strips the hair of all moisture”

Hard water strips your hair of all moisture making it dry and dull. To restore the moisture and shine, apply a leave-in conditioner or a natural mask at least once a week. The great part about leave-in conditioners is that they can be applied after bathing.

Apply it towards the ends, rather than the roots, as it could otherwise make your hair appear greasy.

Parting Advice

As climate change and our growing population wreak havoc with global water supply, it is imperative that we find ways to adapt and stay healthy with the resources available to us. If hard water is all that you have access to, don’t fret, as these simple tips can help you minimize the potential damage to your hair.

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