How hard water affects our hair: hard water hair damage.
Hard water hair damage by building up a mineral layer of iron, calcium and magnesium on each hair. After constant washing with hard water, the hair becomes brittle, lifeless, dull and poorly styled, the dye after dyeing is quickly washed out. In residential areas with hard water hair damage can acquire different shades from copper to greenish.
Very often girls endlessly make masks, take vitamins, buy cosmetic series for hair care and all without results, because the cause of problems with hair in the water which washes them. If soon after moving your hair has changed for the worse, you should also check the water quality first.
What is hard water in shower?
Hard water in shower is not a mixture of heavy metals or harmful substances, but only a large mineral build of minerals. Most often it is zinc, calcium and magnesium which appear in water when it passes through the limestone. For this reason, the water that you water the flowers in your cottage (from a well, for example) will be harder: it has just passed through the soil saturated with minerals, not through a sewage treatment plant.
Hard water in shower is water with mineral build such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness of water can affect skin and hair. Soft water is preferable to hard water as the effects of hard water on hair and skin can be negative.
Hard water in shower can really dry the hair and wash the scalp with shampoo and conditioner can be difficult. Hard water weighs the hair, encourages hair loss, makes it look dull and the scalp becomes dry and irritated.
Hard water in shower makes hair naughty, many people find that it is easy to tangle their hair and difficult to brush or comb. Tangled hair makes it even harder to wash your hair and there is a chance that some shampoo and soap will stay on your hair. This causes sebum and film to form on the scalp, causing pollution to accumulate and further complicating the problem.
How do you know what kind of water flows from your tap?
The signs of hard water are lime scale near the drain, yellowish white underwear, lime stains on the dishes and badly washed detergents and shampoos. You can find out exactly how the water feels at the housing office.
What to do if the house is hard water?
What to do if it turns out that the water is hard? The first thing to do is to remove the plaque already accumulated on your hair. There are two ways to do this. The first is to pass demineralization procedure in the salon - it is inexpensive and fast. You can clean your hair from the minerals yourself by buying a formula for this procedure in the store of hairdressing accessories or on the Internet.
If you follow our advice and use a sulfate-free shampoo, it makes sense to wash your head from time to time with an ordinary cleansing shampoo with sulfates, as the formula of these products is aimed at deep cleansing of the hair, including mineral plaque. Because of the aggressive cleaning after the use of sulfate shampoo, it is necessary to use a hair conditioner.
Ways to soften water to reduce damaged hair from hard water
There are several ways to help mitigate to reduce damaged hair from hard water.
- Deep cleaning shampoos are an effective way to wash lime scale off hair.
These products have a special formulation for deep cleansing and remove excess fat, styling products, accumulated dust and dirt, as well as lime scale deposited on the hair. These shampoos contain sulfates and other active detergents that destroy the hair, making it drier. For this reason it is better to use a good conditioner or moisturizer after a deep cleansing shampoo.
- Rinse with apple vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water is a home remedy for hair damaged by hard water, which is worth a try.
For years, many women have used it to soften the hair instead of a deeply cleansing shampoo. Vinegar can significantly soften tap water, reducing its PH and bringing it closer to the PH of hair. In addition, this method will help remove the remaining minerals that accumulate and lay on the hair over time, and a slightly acidic solution will also slightly cover the scales of the cuticle, making the hair structure smoother. Vinegar also has a number of useful properties for the scalp - antibacterial and antifungal.
- Add "softener" to hard water. For example, 1 teaspoon of ammonia per 1 liter of water.
Other options: ½ teaspoon of boric acid powder or ¼ teaspoon of soda per 1 liter of water. If your hair is oily, you can soften the water by adding 1 tablespoon of glycerin per 1 liter of water.
- Wash your head with bottled water.
In the past, everything was much simpler. In summer, we collected rainwater, very soft in its composition. We used to wash our heads with melted water, which after melting the ice changes its molecular structure and turns into a biostimulator. In winter, the snow was melted (of course, clean), which has no harmful impurities to the hair, but is saturated with oxygen, which contributes to better cleaning and health of the hair. Unfortunately, in the environment of the city all these methods do not work, so it remains to use bottled water. Alas, this method is not cheap.
You can put the filter increase water quality. Now there are such devices not only in the form of a tap for a set of water, but also in the form of a shower head to filter the shower water.
This method is also not cheap, because the filters need to be constantly changed. However, it is the least time consuming method, because you do not need to filter (in a jug), set aside or heat the water, prepare the solution and water yourself from a pan.
How expensive is a shower water filter?
There is a false assumption that the water filter for shower are very expensive. I suggest you consider the affordable and effective shower filters from the AquaHomeGroup.
Chloramine shower filter (shower filter that filters chlorine and chloramine)
Chloramine shower filter (shower filter that filters chlorine and chloramine) shower head with filter Vitamin C (High Pressure Rain) is an excellent bathroom accessory. It has a wide spray plate with laser cut microholes giving you a high-pressure full body wash. It is also equipped with Vitamin C+E cartridge to enrich water quality with additional nutrients for skin and hair and neutralize some amount of chlorine and chloramine.
15 stage shower filter
15 stage shower filter with Vitamin C is a shower head filter with 15 stages of maximum water filtration makes skin softer, nails stronger and hair shinier. It is effective remove chlorine from shower water also get rid of fluoride, heavy metals and other sediments. This shower head water softener makes bathing kids and pets pleasant and safe. Our Vitamin C shower filter keeps eczema, dry itchy skin and dandruff at bay!
Vitamin C filter shower head
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Handheld shower head with filter
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