“Hard” water is basically defined as water that contains high mineral content. Whereas, calcium is the main culprit that has to be blamed for the development of hard water, high storage of copper and magnesium can even contribute to poor quality of water. According to the laboratory study, it has been proved that there is a vast difference in the tensile strength and elasticity of hair, when they are treated with the mixture of hard and soft water. However, it is said that water with increasing level of high mineral content might make your hair dry, brittle and can even contribute to hair loss. When you are travelling, many of them have misconception that you should take enough of shampoo, conditioners and soaps with you. But it should be kept in mind that instead of carrying all these stuffs you should first study the leading environment and then use a suitable soaps or shampoos for your hair. It is not the shampoo that will only work for you; it is the mineral content present in the water based on the different locations. Hardness of water is totally dependent upon the type of rock, from which water is passed on after coming in contact with the ground. If water is passed from soft rock such as limestone, the water may turn hard, whereas, if the water turns soft then it may have passed from hard rock.
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Human hair naturally consists of negative charges, whereas on the other hand magnesium and calcium are positively charged. Chlorine that is added in hard word affects your hair negatively. These minerals intact dries out the outer surface of hair, as a result it makes the hair tangly, dry and puffy. It seems that whenever, you wash your hair, the minerals present in hard water always reacts with the shampoo detergent, which makes your hair in capable of producing good lather. Moreover, calcium and magnesium can make your hair feel heavy because of the flakes caused in the scalp. Deposit of magnesium and iron tends to push your hair to get brittle, which results in the development of split ends.
People all those who spend their most time in swimming pool should know about the fact that the water in it contain chlorine and it can damage your skin as well as your hair due to over exposure. Moreover, there are many ways of dealing with the effects of hard water on human hair. If this is the same experience with you then following are some of the steps that you can take:-
- Rinse your hair with vinegar
The acid present in vinegar helps to remove scalp build up from your hair. It also maintains the balance of pH in your hair and smoothen the hair cuticles, and makes your hair soft and silky.
- Preferably you should use apple cider vinegar to treat your hair
- Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar in 3 cups of water. After applying shampoo massage this mixture to your hair
- Leave this mixture in your scalp for at least 5 minutes and then wash it off
- This mixture may give shine to your hair, use this remedy once in a week. It is not recommended to use it daily because its high use can make your hair dry
- Lemon/Lime Rinse
Lemon is acidic in nature. Just like vinegar it helps to remove build up from your hair.
- Take lemon juice in 1 tablespoon and add it in 3 cups of water and stir it well
- Apply this liquid to rinse your hair and scalp after using shampoo and let it absorb for 5 minutes and then wash it off
- This rinse will add shine and luster to your hair, in addition it also has an antiseptic property that even treats dandruff
- Water Softer
It is good to use water softener, but it is a very expensive way to solve your problem. It removes all your minerals like calcium and magnesium or any other metal cations from it. It is very helpful for the people having problem with hair or eczema.
- Shower Filter
Shower filter is a very cheap option to be replaced by water softer. It may surely reduce the content of lime scale, chlorine and other chemicals from the hard water
- Rain Water
The only water that is loved by anybody’s hair is rain water. And it is free of cost also. You can collect the hair water in a wide mouth container and use it to wash your hair. Many people are aware about its benefit. It makes the hair glossy and soft.