How to Prevent Hard Water from Damaging Your Hair
If you’re in a city that has hard water, you’re going to want to save your hair from the damage the minerals can cause.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent damage on your hair:
Use a Chelating Shampoo. Chelating shampoos are specifically made to remove buildup caused by minerals. You may have already tried a clarifying shampoo, but these two items are not the same. Clarifying shampoos remove product buildup and make your hair squeaky clean. Chelating shampoos remove minerals and soften hair.
Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV rinses are popular in beauty regimens, but did you know that they help to break down mineral deposits? To make an ACV rinse, fill a bottle with one-part ACV and two parts water. Pour it on your hair at the end of your shower.
Use Bottled or Distilled Water. You can use bottled or distilled water as much as possible during your wash session, or at least for the final rinse. Purified water still has minerals in it, but it would still be softer than your tap water. Distilled water contains no minerals, so this would be your best bet for going calcium-free.
Install a Water Softener. You can install a whole house water softener into your main plumbing line. The whole house solution is costly, and you probably need a professional to do it. If you own your house and you’re concerned about pipe damage, this is a good way to prevent high costs down the road.
However, the second water softener option is much cheaper and easier. You can buy one small shower filter that fits between the shower pipe and the shower head. They’re easy to purchase online and you’ll need to replace them frequently, depending on how much water you use.
If you have hard water and your hair is breaking, just add a couple of the above items to your regimen and watch your hair flourish.
Remember, not everybody has the same water. A friend who lives in the next town over might think you’re overreacting because she doesn’t have a water issue at all.
And you might be seen as being a little eccentric for wanting to use bottled water on your hair. But if it helps give you long and healthy strands, then who cares what others think? It’s your hair, and you’re the one managing it!
It’s your turn to leave a comment below and discuss. Have you tried any of these methods for dealing with hard water on curly hair?