By: Erma W., the owner of The Pomade Shop!
When we think of water, we think of moisture. However, the water that is supposed to moisturize our hair may be breaking it. Hard water, which is prevalent in many states, has a high mineral content. These minerals can build up on the hair and result in dull and brittle hair. The effects of hard water can be minimized, though. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Look for hair treatments designed to lessen the effects of hard water build-up. One way to combat hard water build-up is to use products that reduce its harshness. These types of products will indicate that they are okay to use for hard water treatment. Look for labeling such as "helps repair hard water damage" on the bottle." Some great go-to products for hard water are Aphogee 2-Minute Keratin Reconstructor, Kenra's Chelating Shampoo, and the Ion Hard Water Conditioner. It is important to note that chelating shampoos should not be used at every wash because they really strip the hair of all build-up. Once-a-week usage is advisable.
2. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. If you want to tackle hard water with a more natural approach, try an apple cider vinegar rinse. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 16 ounces of water. After you've washed and conditioned your hair, pour the mixture onto your hair. Many naturals find that ACV rinses lessen tangles, which is a retention-blocking annoyance caused by hard water.
3. Invest in a shower filter or water softener. The most effective solution for hard water is a shower filter or water softener. These products will reduce the amount of contaminants in your water, which will ultimately lower the level of build-up on your hair. There are several water filters to choose from at Target and CVS, and water softeners are in great supply at Lowe's and Home Depot.
Hard water levels vary from state to state. Check out the hard water map below to gauge the water quality in your area.
Photo source for hard water map: http://www.qualitywatertreatment.com/city_water_guide.htm
Here's hoping that you lovingly "shower" your hair.