This is a cautionary tale my friends. When we are in the middle of a dry winter it is difficult enough to keep our hair hydrated and healthy. During these hard hair times, the last thing one should be adding to this dilemma is hard water.
The Problem with Hard Water
It’s those pesky minerals, good for some things, your hair not being one of them. (Apparently havoc on the pipes as well…who knew). The minerals build up over time both on your hair and on your scalp…not an attractive look by far.
Hard water is alkaline; it keeps the cuticle open, which gives it a rough finish making it easier to tangle and harder to rinse out. It also takes the shine away leaving hair looking dull and flat. Sort of like old roof shingles.
Hard water can discolor colored hair; give you itchy scalp and less body as well as dull looking. You’ll find that hard water makes it difficult to get lather, no matter what shampoo you use.
Easy Solutions for Hard Water
There are a few solutions available.
- A shower head water filter is not costly and works well.
- There are clarifying shampoos but you must use with caution since they can strip everything, even the good stuff.
- The classic tried and true is vinegar; it clears everything out and leaves hair with a killer shine as a bonus.
- Rinsing with distilled water is also a well known method.
Though soft water may taste bad, it is delicious when it comes to your hair.
Hard Water Map – USA
Hard Water Map – Canada
Check out some great winter hair care tips: http://www.marcanthony.com/blog/2011/01/winter-hair-woes-%e2%80%93-dryness-frizz-and-static/