Hard water is considered hard when there is a high content of minerals present in the water. More specifically, calcium and magnesium. These excess mineral deposits have a tendency to leave a build-up in baths, sinks and leave mineral deposits on glassware. Over time this can cause damage to clothing and after washing, clothes may become stiff and fade in colour. While it is not believed to cause any issues with your health, it can cause serious damage to your hair and skin.
So how does hard water affect my hair?
As you now know, hard water tends to leave behind mineral deposits on items it comes into contact with. This also includes leaving a film around your hair. The film will act as a barrier to moisture being able to penetrate your hair shaft. If your hair can not receive the moisture and nutrients it needs to flourish. The results end up being dry, dull and lifeless hair. Not only does this cause issues for your hair but your scalp can also fall victim to hard water. If your scalp is exposed to hard water on a regular basis, this build-up will form on the scalp. So it’s wouldn’t be a surprise to see dandruff starting to form as a result.
Testing hard water
You can find various water testing kits online, including test strips that measure the calcium and magnesium levels. It will just require you to dip the strip in the water then compare the colour with a “hardness” chart. Alternatively, for a pretty much free option, you can create your own test using products you already have sitting at home. All you need is a small plastic bottle with a touch of shampoo. Fill the bottle halfway with water and give it a good shake. You will be able to judge the softness of the water-based on how much the foam builds up. If after shaking vigorously you get a lot of foam inside. It is likely you have soft water and no need to take further action. On the other hand, if you struggle to get much lather then the water would be considered hard.
How can I prevent having hard water at home?
Whilst a water softener is a great way of removing hard water from your water outlets, it Is also one of the most expensive options. A cheaper alternative we suggest is the use of a shower filter. These will reduce calcium, chlorine, and limescale levels. They normally work by an inbuilt filtration system that removes excess minerals as the water passes through. You will notice the effects of using one as soft water makes your hair more receptive to moisture.
Save your hair with a quick fix
If you need a solution to removing build-up from your hair, using a little vinegar will do the trick. The acidity of the vinegar balances with the pH levels found in your hair. We suggest mixing a tablespoon of vinegar with three cups of filtered or bottled water. Then work the solution through your wet hair. Leave this on for at least five minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. Try this once a week as a way to restore your hair back to life and increase its shine.
Now with your new shower feature and & hair wash routine, your hair will be feeling better than ever. Do you live in a hard water area? Have you tried any of these tips? Let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.
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