Why Hard water Might Damage Your Hair
After washing your hair in hard water, it might be left feeling dry. Often this has been rumored to be because the nourishing minerals in the water are dissolved and create a film on the hair. It is also suggested that this prevents moisture from entering the hair shaft. In a scientific published article, they found that there is no evidence for hard water affecting the tensile strength or the elasticity of hair.
How Can I Protect My Hair From The Effects of Hard Water?
There are a few things that you can do to protect your hair from the possible negative effects of hard water.
- Using a clarifying shampoo
- use a leave in oil
- install a water conditioner
Whilst it is possible to limit the damage that hard water can do to your hair in the long term with hair conditioners and leave in treatments, by far the best way around it, is investing in a water conditioner. But why not a water softener? Water softeners do the job, but at the same time, they strip away all of the good things about hard water. Yes, there are some! A water conditioner does as it says, It conditions the water, leaving the good stuff behind for you to take advantage of.
Others suggest that water softeners flatten your hair or give it a greasy texture.
Another tip some have recommended is to rinse your hair off in purified bottled water. Although it is a good tip, it is also a pretty costly one, especially if you shower more than a few times a week. If you are an every day hair washer then this isn’t a practical solution.
Hard Water and Your Skin
You might be wondering ‘How much moisturiser do I have to use?’ Hard water could be to blame here too. It’s often an over-looked culprit.
UK Cities like London, Bristol, Bath, Peterborough, Norwich and Newcastle are some of the worst affected.
Not only can hard water leave your skin feeling dry, it can also irritate eczema and psoriasis. Both conditions are more severe in hard water areas. Again, would you even have considered that your water might be to blame for your skin conditions?
In hard water areas, a residue can be left on the skin after drying and this can lead to sensitive and also spot prone skin.
Suffering with Any of the Above?
One thing is certain, when it comes to how to achieve great looking hair there is more rumour than there is published scientific articles. If you find that you are suffering the effects of hard water then a long term solution might be the best option. Whilst limiting the damage with products is a great help, it will be costly in the long run.