Hard water does a lot more damage than just limescale formation and spotty dishes. Hard water has all sorts of negative effects, even on the body. And not just your skin, but your hair too. Has your hair been off lately? Have you had trouble styling or managing your hair for some time? Hard water could be the underlying cause of your hair problems. Fortunately, hard water hair is both treatable and preventable.
Continue reading to learn how hard water might be damaging your hair, plus how to treat the issue known as hard water hair.
Hard Water is Not Good For Hair
Hard water contains dissolved mineral solids like calcium, iron, and magnesium, which are mostly to blame for the limescale accumulations you often see around faucets and drains in a home or building with hard water. So, if hard water can cause white, cakey, crusty accumulations around your plumbing fixtures and inside of your appliances, who’s to say it can’t do the same to your scalp and hair? Well, it can, and it does.
Signs of Hard Water Hair
Hard water hair is a real result of an ongoing hard water problem. After so many washes, hair will begin to show undesirable signs of damage, like limpness, dryness, dullness, and overall un-manageability. Because hard water does not allow soap to lather well, rinsing your shampoo and conditioner out all the way can be a challenge, or even misleading. As a result, hair cannot get properly cleansed, so it feels dingy or residue-y, and looks greasy or dirty. If your hair is colored, whether permanent or temporary, hard water can cause it to turn brassy or green, or simply fade your color overtime.
How to Restore Your Hair After Hard Water Exposure
If your hair is suffering from this common hard water syndrome, rest assure that it is totally reversible no matter how serious your condition may be. Here are some of the top-recommended options for treating hair that has been damaged or affected by hard water:
▶ Clarifying Shampoo
Also known as chelating shampoo, a good-quality clarifying shampoo is designed to remove excess build-up of hair soaps and products. Although it may take two or three treatments, which can only be done once per week, your hair will be rinsed of all the residual residues and grease on your scalp. It is recommended to ask your stylist for a recommended product if your condition is severe. Expect to spend between $6 and $25.
▶ Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an excellent, around-the-house product to have on hand for all sorts of applications. As for treating hard water-damaged hair, it is a budget-friendly alternative to buying a clarifying shampoo as it works the same way to remove excess buildup and residues from the scalp. Simply apply it to your scalp right after you shampoo and massage well, then rinse clean. You may need to repeat this treatment a few times for best results.
▶ Water Softening
The above hair and scalp treatments work well to eliminate the damaging and undesirable effects of hard water; however, they are only a temporary solution. So long as you continue washing your hair in the same water you have been using, the issue will remain. Water softening is the best method of hard water removal, and anyone can afford it. Talk to your trusted water softener plumber for information on buying, installing, and caring for an at-home water conditioning system.
Ready to tackle your hard water problems with a long-lasting, budget-friendly solution? Contact Weilhammer Plumbing Company at 317-784-1870 for plumbing services for water softeners in Indianapolis. We serve residential and commercial customers all throughout Central Indiana.