Over 85% of the population in the U.S., according to the Water Quality Association, are bathing with hard water. While hard water is fine for drinking, it can cause many problems for your hair, scalp and skin.
These problems include:
Dirty-looking water likely contains elements that are detrimental to your hair and skin’s condition.
- Hair feels dry
- Hair is resistant to color or perming
- Dandruff or eczema of the scalp
- Dry, flaky skin
- Thinning hair
- Colors fading too quickly
- Perms appearing to fall out
- Discoloration or darkening of hair
- Hair lacks body and shine
How Your Water affects your hair
The water you use to wash your hair, scalp, and skin comes from one of two sources:
- Ground Water: If your water comes from the ground, it is either from your own well or from the local treatment plant that gets the water from wells pumping water from the ground. The source of ground water is from rain passing through aquifers, which are layers of minerals. The acidity (pH below 7) of the rain increases the dissolving effect of minerals. These dissolved solids are found in the water when pumped above the ground and used to bathe.
- Surface Water: If your water comes from the treatment plant, which derives the water from a surface source, the water is coming from either a river or a lake. Surface water usually contains less minerals because the water has not filtered down through the mineral layers. However, increasing populations are polluting the water causing additional bacteria growth. As a result, the treatment plants must add more chlorine to kill bacteria and then add lime (a calcium compound) to help control the chlorine levels.
Water hardness level is determined by the level of calcium that is in the water either found naturally from the ground or put into the water by the treatment plant. While calcium is the element that determines hardness of water, there are many other elements in the water that effect the texture, volume, shine, control and health of hair, including iron, copper, magnesium, silica and lead.
So how do all these added elements affect our hair?
How calcium effects hair: Calcium leaves the hair feeling dry and weighted down. It can even cause perms t0 appear relaxed. Calcium builds up on the scalp causing flaking of the scalp, giving ttre appearance of dandruff.
How iron effects hair: Iron leaves the hair feeling dry, brittle and weighted down. Iron can cause dark hair to tint darker and blonde hair to appear orange. Iron can block perms and color from properly processing. If the condition of your hair makes you want to pull it out, contact us for a water test.
How copper affects hair: Copper discolors hair causing blonde hair to turn green and dark hair to tint darker. Copper can weigh hair down and cause dryness. Copper can inhibit the proper processing of perms, color and relaxers.
How magnesium affects hair: Magnesium causes hair to appear weighted down. Magnesium causes hair to lack shine.
How lead effects hair: Lead can cause the hair to feel dry. It can prevent the proper processing of perms, color, and relaxers.
How chlorine effects hair: If your showerhead looks like this, you need to get your water tested for unwanted elements.
Active chlorine in your hair can cause hair to feel gummy when wet and straw-like when dry. Chlorine can damage the cuticle and
proteins of the hair. As an oxidizer, chlorine can cause the air and sun to oxidize hair and worsen the conditions listed above.
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Make sure your water is free of these unnecessary elements. Have us test your water today.