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Hard Water Hair Damage?

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 by using potential water softening units. 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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How to Prevent Hair Color Fading

Hair Color Fade Can be Minimized by Removing Hard Water Chemical Residue

Karla Asks:

What can I do to my get hair color to last longer? I have my hair colored in a hairdressing salon and it always looks good for about one week but then it begins to fade out. I only wash it every few days or so, and I use a shampoo for color treated hair. I also keep it well conditioned and try not to use too much heat with my blow dryer and curling iron. Any suggestions on how I can get hair color that doesn’t fade so fast?

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According to experts at Texas A&M University one of the biggest culprits of hair color fading too quickly is oxidation. Oxidation happens quicker when hair color is applied to strands that have a buildup of minerals from your water. Chlorine and mineral build up from hard water will interfere with hair color by attaching and coating the hair shaft with chemical residue.

Hard water leaves hair feeling dry, dull, unmanageable and with a coated texture to the hair. Hard water can also leave an orangey, coppery discoloration to the hair. You can remove this buildup by treating your hair with a Hard Water Demineralizer at home. I recommend using a treatment before going in for your next hair color appointment for your best coverage, best shine and a longest lasting hair color.

Malibu Demineralization Treatment is easy to apply at home. Shampoo and rinse hair, pour crystals into wet palm, then rub together to form a rich gel. When applied into hair it turns to a lathering treatment. This treatment can be used as often as needed to rid hair of mineral buildup or discoloration. For best results, cover with a shower cap and wrap in a towel or go under a dryer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Some salons offer this treatment for clients. Consider this step in the salon or at home for all around better looking locks as well as prepping your hair for your best hair color yet!

  



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