4 Solutions to Save your Hair from Hard Water

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Sad but true: That refreshing shower could be a bigger threat to your hair than you think!

If your hair has been looking dull or feeling a bit dryer than usual lately, the problem may not be with your strands, but rather your shower—or more specifically, your shower’s water. Though often overlooked, “hard water” — that is, water that contains a buildup of minerals — can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your hair, affecting everything from its moisture content to its overall manageability.

How does hard water affect my hair?

The biggest problem facing those with hard water is the buildup can leave behind on both our hair and our scalps. The buildup of excess minerals can not only weigh your hair down, making it look flat and lifeless, but can also make your strands feel drier and more brittle, which we all know can only lead to one thing: damage (and yes, frizz). Hard water is also notorious for interfering with hair color, causing it to become dull, faded, and in some cases, even discolored, while long-term exposure may also cause it to become less manageable (also never a good thing).

Here are 4 solutions to try to save your hair from hard water:

  1. Natural Acidic Rinses: To help restore your hair’s natural shine, and strip away hard-water buildup, mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or juice from a lemon or lime with two to three cups of purifies bottle water, apply to your hair and scalp after a shampoo, and let sit before rinsing.  Recommended use for this rinse is once or twice per month.

  2. Install a Shower Head Water Filter: Shower head filters work just like drinking water filters by encouraging pH balance, and filtering out unwanted minerals and chemicals. Filters are easy to find online or at any home improvement store. A good, less expensive alternative to a water softener, this can make your shower water less harsh!

  3. Leave in Conditioner: Using a leave in conditioner or moisturizing hair mask once a week will help to offset the drying effects of hard water. This will not remove the buildup, but it will surely pep up your hair.

  4. Use A Boar Bristle Brush: To help you with less hair washing, use a Boar Bristle brush. Brushing your hair twice a day, prevents oil and greasiness clumping at the roots. Greasy hair is the reason your hair feels dirty and in desperate need of a wash. When the oil is brushed through your hair, it moisturizes your hair instead to give it a healthy glow.

If you found these suggestions helpful, leave us a comment below on how you made important changes to your hair care routine.

 

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