One of the biggest concerns people have with hard water is the effect it has on their hair. Some people can’t figure out why the texture of their hair has changed, even though they are using the same products. Sometimes people don’t notice the difference that hard and soft water has on their hair until they travel to another city with different water. And it’s truly a marked difference.
Hard water is defined by its high mineral content; namely, the amount of calcium or magnesium in it. And if you weren’t aware already, hard water can wreak havoc on your hair. The biggest change people notice is that their water leaves their hair terribly dry and straw-like, no matter how much conditioner they use. The minerals in the water also prevent shampoo from lathering properly, so many people don’t get an adequate wash and their hair still feels oily or dirty after showering. If your home has hard water, you’ll also find that hair breakage occurs easily, and if you have color-treated hair you may notice that it fades faster or takes on a brassy tone.
Some people even end up needing to use a special chelating shampoo just to separate the mineral build up from their hair. The chelating shampoo works to improve the lathering affect so you get a decent wash, but they can have a further drying effect on your hair, so they don’t work for everyday use. Plus, it can be annoying to buy a completely different product just to counteract your water. Wouldn’t you rather go straight to the source and fix the problem itself, instead of having to work around it with “band-aid” solutions that don’t change the quality of your water?
Making the switch to soft water can reduce all these adverse effects. When you equip your home with a water softener, the health of your hair (and skin!) gets a major overhaul. Because there will be fewer minerals saturating the water, your shampoo will be able to lather and penetrate each strand of hair. As a result, your hair gets a lot cleaner and will be able to better lock in moisture. Some people do notice that this gives their hair less shine and body, but this is easily fixed with styling products and techniques. It’s certainly worth it to not have hair that’s breaking off at the ends! Although one could argue that there are pros and cons each way, the advantages of soft water far outweigh the drawbacks.