When rainwater seeps through the soil and rocks, it acquires minerals such as calcium and magnesium and becomes hard. Whereas these minerals are not harmful to your health, they are not so forgiving when it comes to your hair. Apart from making soap less effective, hard water reacts with shampoo and soap to form a scaly film around your hair. The film blocks away moisture and makes your hair feel rough and tangy. Luckily for you, the following tips can help you maintain healthy and beautiful hair in spite of the hard water.
According to experts, rainwater is pure and thus a viable alternative to hard water. It’s mineral free and, therefore, safe to use on your hair. To neutralize the effects of hard water, you can mix two cups of rainwater with three cups of hard water. Just make sure to boil the water first, and let it cool down before using it. The advantage with rainwater is that its free. All you need is a wide mouth container to catch it. The only drawback is you can’t get it every day.
2. Water Softening System
You can keep your hair looking healthy, bouncy and brighter by installing a water softening system in your home. A water softener will remove calcium, magnesium and other minerals from your tap water leaving you with safe soft water to use around the home. Water softening systems come in different sizes, brands, and prices. You should read through water softener reviews to find one that suits your needs.
3. Shower filter
Compared to water softening systems, shower filters are cheap and easy to install. They significantly reduce chlorine, limescale and other minerals from hard water. The filters come in different types and are attached to your shower unit. You can find one in a store near you.
4. Bottled water
Bottled or spring water can be used to neutralize the effects of hard water. Use it for a final rinse after washing your hair. However, this method can be quite expensive, and plastic bottles are an environmental hazard especially when they’re carelessly disposed of–they can take hundreds of years before biodegrading. If you don’t fancy having a bunch of water bottles lying around the house, you can use it temporarily before you can find a sustainable lasting solution.
5. Vinegar Rinse
You can neutralize the effects of hard water by adding some vinegar to your water before a bath. The acidity helps to eliminate the scaly build up in your hair. It also balances its PH and smoothes the cuticles. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to three cups of water and use it to massage your hair. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off.
Hard water may not be harmful to your health, but its mineral content can leave your hair looking dry and rough. Around 85% of the water used in the US can be said to have some level of hardness. Although you can’t escape the hard water, using the remedies outlined above can go a long way in neutralizing its effects, helping you maintain healthy and beautiful hair.