How Does Hard Water Affect Hair? Should I Worry? (KNOW The Facts)

Are you suffering from regular hair fall and an itching scalp?

Do you have dandruff and does your hair feel dull and lifeless?

It’s possible that you are using hard water to wash your hair!

Today, we’ll tell you how you can determine if your bath water is actually hard, and also tell you about ways in which you can reverse the damage to your hair and keep your strands nice and healthy.

How can you determine if the water you are bathing with is hard? Can you tell by its physical characteristics?

Hard water is significantly different from soft water. Here are a few characteristics that will help you determine if the water you are using for your bath is hard.

1. It smells weird:

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    Hard water has a distinct and very strong smell that can help to distinguish it from soft water.
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    The sulphate or hydrogen sulphide gas in the water can make it smell like rotten eggs.
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2. It leaves stains on your shower curtains or hardware:

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  • When you regularly use hard water for your shower, you will notice difficult soap stains and grease in the area.
  • This is due to the fact that the minerals that are present in the hard water make it difficult for the soap to be cleaned.

3. Difficult for soap to lather and wash off:

  • Hard water makes it difficult to create lather even if you use more amount of product.
  • It also leaves a greasy residue on your scalp.
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4. Scaling and deposits:

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  • Another sign you have hard water is the appearance of scaling or deposits.
  • Hard water will lead to the formation of deposits because of excess amounts of calcium. These deposits, or scales, will usually be white in colour.

Should you consult with the water provider in your area?

If you have hard water at home, it is mainly because of the fact that the mineral in the soil mixes with it at the source or it gets contaminated on the way. Other factors such as hot and humid weather as well as less rainfall can also make the water take on properties of hard water.

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  • Consulting with the water provider in your area is a good idea if you want to know more about why the water is hard and whether or not something can be done about it.
  • However, most water treatment facilities may not be able to resolve the problem, because they do not have the required facility to remove the magnesium and calcium from the water.
  • This is because the equipment that is required to filter out these minerals from the water is usually very expensive.

What are 5 negative effects that bathing in hard water does to your hair?

Using hard water for your hair can cause a lot of damage. Here are five negative effects that your hair goes through when you bathe in hard water.

1. Hair fall

The excess of minerals present in the hard water can lead to various scalp issues such as dandruff and itchy scalp that can lead to hair fall.

What you can do about it

Oil massage with castor oil:

  • Castor oil has natural hair strengthening properties that promotes hair growth and also prevents hair fall.
  • Not just that, massaging your hair with castor oil will also boost blood flow and improve the overall health of your hair.
  • Castor oil can also prevent premature ageing and greying of hair and keep your hair dark and shiny.
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2. Dandruff

Cleaning your hair with hard water makes it difficult for the products to lather well, which means you may end up using more shampoo than is needed. Also, it makes it difficult for the shampoo to wash off completely, and you may often feel the residue in your scalp. This can lead to dandruff.

What you can do about it

Use tea tree oil:

  • To reduce the problem of dandruff, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo or even in your leave in hair serum.
  • Additionally, you can also add a few drops of the tea tree essential oil in your regular hair oil to ensure your scalp is nourished and there is no dandruff.

Apple cider vinegar:

  • The acidity in apple cider vinegar changes the pH balance in your scalp which prevents any yeast to form.
  • To get the best benefit out of apple cider vinegar as a remedy for preventing dandruff, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray this on your scalp and massage through to make sure that it spreads evenly.
  • Wrap your hair in a towel and wait for about half an hour to an hour. Rinse it off to remove any traces from your hair. You can do this twice a week to get the best results.
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3. Extreme scalp dryness and itching

When you use hard water to clean your scalp and hair, you often have to use too much product for a good lather. Also, the fact that it is difficult to remove the shampoo residue from your scalp because of the hard water is what can lead to extreme dryness and itchiness of the scalp.

What you can do about it

Massage with coconut oil:

  • Warm up the coconut oil and massage it through your hair, making sure that it gets evenly distributed across your scalp.
  • For best results, you can also do this overnight. Coconut oil will help to bring back the required amount of moisture to your scalp and prevent itching and dryness.
  • Rinse off in the morning, or after an hour.
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4. Dry, rough hair

The extra amount of minerals in the hard water can leave your hair feeling dry and rough.

What you can do about it

Use essential oils for massage:

  • Essential oils such as lavender oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and even argan oil can help to significantly reduce dryness and make your hair soft and smooth.
  • You can also add it to carrier oils such as coconut oil to make a light leave-in hair serum.
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5. Dull and straw-like hair

If your hair and scalp are dry and itchy, your hair will also look dull and lifeless.

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What you can do about it

Mustard oil:

  • Warm up some mustard oil and massage it through the hair and scalp. Leave it on for at least an hour (or overnight if possible) before rinsing it off.

Can your hair sustain any permanent damage due to hard water or are these problems treatable?

Using hard water on your hair can cause a lot of damage, but if you take the right measures, it is possible to keep the damage under control and reverse the effects.

  • Oil your hair at least once a week
  • Install a shower filter if the hair is getting regularly damaged
  • Use products that are meant to be used with hard water