This is how hard water can wreak havoc on your hair

This is how hard water can wreak havoc on your hair
Hard water can be quite… ‘hard’ on your hair.

If you’ve been having bad hair day after day and despite maintaining a thorough hair care regimen, you’ve been dealing with massive hair loss (that just refuses to go away no matter how you try) or dull hair and limp that just feels sticky, come shine or rain, then you know who’s to blame.

What is hard water?

Hard water is water with an overdose of minerals. It contains a high amount of calcium and magnesite and oxidized iron. It often leaves a rust-colored stain on clothing and floor surfaces.

India has an ongoing water crisis. Due to the huge population, water scarcity is a problem that simply refuses to die. 60-70 percent of the Indian population resides in villages where water supply is scarce and people have to rely on hard water in their daily lives.

How does hard water damage your hair?

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As hard water tends to be high in mineral content, it forms a film on the hair and makes it difficult for moisture to absorb. As a result, the hair becomes more brittle and vulnerable to damage.

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Hard water does not clean hair, even after numerous rinses. Leave an unwashed patina from all the hair products you’ve used. (Yes, that mild herbal shampoo that promised to slow hair loss will actually aggravate it if not washed properly.) This leads you to wash your hair more roughly, using more friction, thus depriving it of its natural moisture.

High levels of magnesium and calcium increase the risk of scalp diseases, such as seborrheic dermatitis (scaling of the scalp), scalp eczema which causes redness of the scalp, itching, flaking, and the formation of oily, scaly patches on the scalp. scalp.

According to Dr. Patrick Angelos, author of “The Science and Art of Hair Restoration,” hair loss can occur when the scalp is severely agitated by repeated contact with undistilled water.

It is important to note that hard water by itself does not contribute to hair loss. But continued exposure to hard water along with other factors like stress, dietary habits, and underlying health conditions can contribute to ongoing hair loss.

How to prevent further hair damage

Install a shower head with a water softener

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You can also opt for a water softening machine, which will filter excess minerals from your water. But these tend to be more expensive, so go for the more affordable water softening shower head.

Opt for a clarifying shampoo

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Once a week, rinse your hair with a clarifying hair cleanser. These shampoos tend to be a bit pricey, but they are worth it as they can give your hair a new lease of life by removing hair care product and mineral residue from your hair.

Don’t ignore hair conditioner!

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Apply a quality hair mask or conditioner after you finish shampooing your hair. Choose a conditioner with a low pH, this will help keep your hair cuticles soft, lock in moisture and keep those pesky minerals away.

Feed your hair some apple cider vinegar

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The idea of ​​applying strong-smelling vinegar to your locks may be a little iffy at first, but we promise you won’t regret it. Apple cider vinegar can lower the pH of your hair and thus keep it soft and silky. It also comes packed with vitamins B and C that can keep you dandruff free.

Add eggs, spinach and carrots to reduce hair loss

Add eggs, spinach and carrots to reduce hair loss

The arrival of winter triggers hair loss in men and women. A drop in temperature causes stress on the scalp and follicles, eventually leading to hair loss.

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