Although water often provides much needed moisture for natural hair, it’s not always good for your hair. The water coming from your faucets may be hard… and that can be hard on your hair. Don’t worry. I will explain what hard water is and how you can avoid it.
Hard water is characterised by its high mineral content, containing elevated levels of things like chlorine, calcium and magnesium. As a result, hard water can make your hair look dull, be dry and even alter your hair colour. Not all water is hard however, and the levels will vary based on region. Do your research to find out about the water in your area.
So, how can you solve your hard water hair issues?
- Use a water purifier. Shower filters are great buys if you wash your hair in the shower. They remove chlorine, heavy metals, and harmful minerals found in hard water. They can even help those with softer water too. Oh, and guess what, they don’t only help your hair. They leave your skin feeling softer too.
- Use a clarifying shampoo. Although they can be drying to the average person, they are very good at cleaning hair. Hard water makes it harder to clean your hair. Try a clarifying shampoo to remove the mineral deposits that hard water leaves on your hair. (Use lightly on dyed hair)
- Use a good conditioner. Don’t skimp on or skip the opportunity to add moisture to dry hair. If you are using a clarifying shampoo that is typically drying, you need to moisturize to restore a proper ph balance to your hair. Follow up immediately with a moisturising shampoo and a good deep moisturising conditioner to restore the moisture levels to your hair.