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.
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.
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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Tags: Hard WaterMarch 11, 2014 By: Barb Quinn Hairstyle Blog Leave your comments (3), Your input matters.
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