What is hard water and how does it affect hair?
Hard water is water full of minerals like calcium & magnesium which deteriorate water quality. This hard water reacts with shampoos and conditioners used for hair wash and creates a film of mineral deposit on your scalp and hair strands. This film prevents the hair from receiving moisture and instead, makes your hair coarse, lifeless and dull. You may also notice that your hair is more thin and tangled than usual and seems dry even after deep conditioning.
Many of us blame chemicals in hair care products for hair damage but it is actually hard water that is causing your hair to turn thin, brittle and prone to breakage.
When the damage is done...
• Decrease in volume
• Frizzy hair
• Weak hair follicles
• Dry & flaky scalp
• Brittle hair
• Hair fall
• Dull & dry hair
• Premature greying
Worry not! Your hair can still regain its original, luscious texture with a few simple adjustments. Here are a few simple methods and DIY remedies to fix hard water damage on your hair: ✔️
1. Natural Acidic Rinses: An acidic rinse is a method to wash your hair using extracted natural acids. Make a DIY solution using apple cider vinegar and lemon juice mixed in water and apply on wet hair and scalp. Leave it in for five to seven minutes and wash it off with cold (preferably bottled or treated) water.
Acidic rinses help break the film of minerals formed and moisture can penetrate through your hair easily, making them stronger and smoother.
2. Hair Masks: A low pH hair mask can work wonders on reversing hair damage. A moisturising hair mask essentially reverses hard water damage and seals the moisture in your hair, giving it a luxurious shine. Incorporate a once-a-week hair mask policy in your hair care routine for best results.
3. Sulphate Free Shampoos & Leave In conditioners: If you have salon treated or coloured hair, washing with hard water can make matters worse. You can use demineralizers and clarifying shampoos once a week and on other days, switch to a sulphate free shampoo to avoid excessive build-up of film & grime. Use an organic leave-in conditioner after wash to best protect your hair and revive its healthy texture.
4. Water Softeners & Ionic filter Showerhead: This is an affordable and effective way to treat hard water. Water softeners are attachments for your taps and showers which can help catch minerals and soften the water you use. Ionic filter showerheads are shower attachments which treat hard water and prevent minerals from passing through. These improve water quality and reverse hard water damage on your hair.
5. Dry Shampoo: Excessive shampooing in hard water can strip your hair off its essential oils. Cut down regular shampooing and switch to dry shampoos instead. Dry shampoos help preserve the natural oils that your scalp produces and retains hair strength and texture. It also cuts out the hard water damage and keeps your hair fresh and rejuvenated!