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Hard Water Hair Damage

How to fix hard water hair damage

Hard water problems are common here in the U.S. and that’s understandable seeing that more than 85% of households reportedly have hard water. You may be unaware of how hard water affects your hair, but it isn’t pretty.  The effects of hard water on your hair can go unrecognized for a while. Some tell tale signs like brassy orange hair are easy enough to identify, but other damaging results may accumulate over time and not be so obvious.

Hairdressers can often feel the effects of hard water on a client’s hair even before they know that hard water is the culprit of their hair problems. Women are often unaware that their water is making their hair lifeless, brittle or dull looking.  If you make a move from using city water to well water, or vice versa, the effects on your hair become painfully obvious.  But it’s not always as noticeable when you’re water hardness changes slightly, by moving from one area to another.

Hard Water Hair Damage

How do you know if you have hard water?

If you are connected to city water, your city hall can give you the answer. If not, call your city health department to get instructions on where you can bring a sample of your water to be tested.

Hard water is simply water that contains high amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron in water. Common household effects from hard water include reduced foaming of soaps, spots on dishes, soap scum in sinks, bathtub rings and dingy yellowed clothing.

The most common way of softening water is through installing a water softener.  But, if you’re only concern is to have softened water for your hair and skin, a more economical way to go is with a shower head filter. I use one of these that I bought from Home Depot for about $20.00.  It works great and only needs to be replaced about every 6 months.

Hard Water Hair Damage

You may be experiencing hard water hair problems without knowing THAT’s the problem!

Hard water hair problems look like this;

  • Orange, brassy hair or green hair color from too much iron in water
  • Crunchy, brittle hair
  • Dull looking hair, no shine
  • Loss of body
  • Chemical services like perms, colors and straightening don’t take well in the hair.
  • Hair won’t hold a curl as it used to

How do you remove hard water deposits from your hair?

Hard water deposits coat the hair and to get hair healthy, it needs to be striped of these mineral deposits. The quickest most effective way to rid your hair of hard water damage is to have a clarifying treatment.  In a hair salon these treatments run approximately $25.00 – $35.00. They are especially good to do before a hair color treatment or any other chemical service to ensure the best results.

Or . . . you can use a Malibu Hard Water Demineralizer treatment at home!  This is a 5 star rated treatment for eliminating brassiness and restoring natural texture and shine to hair damaged from mineral build up. Check out the reviews!  This is a treatment salons use regularly for this purpose. It is suggested to use a cap and process with heat for best results.  It will only cost you about $3.00 per treatment to do at home and will restore your hairs original texture, shine and body.

If your hair is not so obviously affected by hard water, as in turning orange or green, you might be able to strip your hair of hard water deposits by simply using a clarifying shampoo at home as directed. Even though I have a shower filter, I still use a clarifying shampoo for colored hair once a month or so, before coloring my hair. The clarifying shampoo always softens my hair and gives it more shine and body.

Vinegar/water rinses can be used as an option for getting rid of some hard water hair damage, but the clarifying treatment and clarifying shampoos are probably your best bet!

 

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3 Comments »

  1. We have hard water . Bed use Malibu hard water shampoo and conditioner . Bi used to have long full hair with body in it and he had hair down to his butt that was sleek and full . Booth of us have seen our hair thinning and falling out since we moved in here and have dealt with this hard water issue . Have you ever experienced that ? We re at a loss as to what we can do. A water softener isn’t an option at this point .

    Comment by Tonka — September 14, 2014 @ 8:18 am

  2. If your going to color your hair at home and you have well water, treat it first with a Malibu Crystal Gel treatment. They are freeze dried vitamin products that remove all the minerals that will cause discoloration from your hair so your hair color comes out the way you expect. I’d also suggest following up with one of their Making Water Well kits. It includes a shampoo, conditioner and Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer. This will prevent minerals from accumulating in your hair and causing it to discolor. For more information, check out http://www.wellwaterhair.com

    Comment by Michael — October 12, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  3. An excellent way to way to solve the iron and hard water issues is to stop it at the source!
    A Water Softener/Conditioner will remove the Calcium, and Iron for your whole house! This will not only make your skin and hair healthier, but you will save hundreds of dollars a year in Shampoo, Laundry and Dish Soaps, Lotions and hair treatments, not to mention your plumbing fixtures, dishwashers, and hot water tank!
    Call your local Water Treatment Company and have a professional come out to suggest the best options for your water!

    Comment by Jennifer Smith — June 22, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

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