How Does Hard Water Affect Hair?

December 22, 2017

The minerals and chemicals that make up hard water will affect the health of your hair and skin. Any chemical imbalances in your water will impact how well your shampoo and conditioner work to clean and moisturize your hair. A primary culprit for problems with your daily hair regimen is hard water full of minerals that aren’t necessarily harmful themselves but wreak havoc on your hair.

What makes hard water bad for hair?

Hard water is water that is high in mineral content. The amount and type of minerals vary from one water source to another, but the primary heavy minerals are calcium, magnesium, and iron. They aren’t harmful to your health if present in your water, but you’ll definitely notice a difference in your hair when compared to soft water. Minerals build up after they dissolve in the water and create a thin film on your hair that causes it to be dry, dull, strangely colored, or tangled. It can also cause buildup on your scalp and create a condition similar to dandruff.

What takes iron out of hair?

Iron accumulation can create buildup and stain your hair. Eliminate this buildup by mixing baking soda with a handful of your shampoo and rub it through your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse out. It’s effective to remove trace minerals and chemicals from your hair. Mix lemon juice with cream of tartar and apply it to your hair in the shower. Vinegar can be substituted for lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse it out. The combination of the two strips brassy tones out of your hair.

How does hard water effect shampoo?

The minerals in hard water make it more difficult to lather shampoo when washing your hair. This causes you to use more to get the same effect and can cause excessive buildup. The minerals make it impossible for the shampoo to dissolve, thus creating a condition where your hair feels heavier and weighted. This leaves the shampoo in your hair to block hydration and clogs the pores, making it impossible for conditioners to effectively penetrate your hair. Shampoos designed specifically for hard water are formulated to function better in water with high mineral content than traditional shampoo.

Other effects of hard minerals

Hard minerals suck moisture from your hair and make it brittle. They can also cause your water to taste odd, dry out your skin, and leave buildup in your shower, and cause discoloration.

Water softening

Another solution to eliminate problems with hard water is to get a water softening system. It eliminates magnesium, calcium, and other minerals from your water. Soft water can help remedy problems with your hair, skin, and taste without the need for special rinses or products specifically for hard water.Contact Jason’s water systems for a quote to meet your softening needs in the central Texas area. Take the steps to eliminate these from your water, soften your skin, and restore the health of your hair once and for all.

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