Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Hard Water Hair

Don't let "hard" water ruin your hair.
I live in a part of the country where folks call well water that is not treated "hard" water. The more minerals, such as magnesium and calcium in the water, the "harder" it gets. What this can mean for your hair is disaster, and it will ruin any great dye job that you just had. It will also clog your showerhead and leave dark rings in the toilet bowls and sinks. A cleaning nightmare!
Girl with wet hair My natural hair color is dark, but without treating my "hard" water, I have been more shades of orange than I care to comment on. Sometimes you will notice a green coloring to the hair. Hair will also feel sticky, limp, dull, and lifeless no matter how many times you rinse.
Some stylists agree that using a clarifying shampoo weekly, or a gel dish washing detergent can be helpful to cleanse some of the deposits on the hair shafts. These treatments can also be a detriment to your hair, especially if your hair is chemically straightened. Some products can be very drying. For example, if your water is "hard" curly hair can really see the effects of "hard" water. Although curly hair has an abundance of strength it can lack in moisture, making the hair feel dry and brittle. It can also make your curly hair look disproportionate.
When hair is found to be in an incompetent condition the only thing to do is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The shampoo and conditioner you are using may be too high in alkies for it to be effective. I would take the time to do some research as to what hair products you are using, and if you are not getting the desired affect you may need to switch. A good one to try would be Redken's Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner. You may even want to use a weekly deep conditioner until you see improvement in elasticity and bounce.
Another detriment to having "hard" H2O is that you will go to the salon and spend a fortune having your hair colored, permed, or straightened and then come home and wash it in "hard" water and either the color will change, seem dull, or your perm will appear to "fall out".
You may also notice other problems that could include, dandruff or eczema of the scalp, discoloration or darkening of hair, and dry, flaky skin. But, take heart, there are many treatments out there for your hair, and your water. A local water test doesn't cost a fortune, you will find out what minerals are in your water, how much, and suggestions on how to treat it. By treating your "hard" water you can hope to reverse some of the damage and also prevent further build up of minerals.
So, the next time you go to the salon, rest easy that the beautiful hair color you just paid for will be luxurious, bouncy and full until the next time you visit your stylist.
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