Hard Water…what is it doing to your hair?
Do you suffer from dry, frizzy hair? The root cause could be your water…
Water described as “hard” is high in dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Hard water is not a health risk, but a nuisance because of mineral build-up that it causes that can create poor performance of your hair and body care products.
As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves very small amounts of minerals and holds them in solution. Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water “hard.” The degree of hardness becomes greater as the calcium and magnesium content increases.
There are a number of tips you can follow to reduce the effects of hard water in your home, without having to make any major changes:
Choose a suitable laundry detergent
Some laundry detergents do not produce as many suds in hard water, these are likely to be soap-based products and do not work as well in hard-water as detergent based products. Nowadays, there are washing powders and liquids available for a wide range of water hardness. Make sure you choose the correct detergent for your area; you may also need to use slightly more detergent than the manufacturers recommended amount to compensate for the hard water.
Reduce the temperature of your hot water system
As the water temperature increases, the more mineral deposits will appear in your dishwasher, water tank and pipes. By reducing the heat of your hot water system to about 55ºC, you will have enough hot water for your shower and you will reduce the amount of mineral build-up in your pipes and tanks.
Use rinse agents to remove mineral deposits
There are many rinse agents available to remove mineral deposits from crockery and dishwashers. Alternatively, you can use white vinegar by using the dishwasher dispenser or placing a cup of vinegar on the dishwasher rack. Boil some white vinegar in your kettle as a useful way of removing hard water deposits.
If you are feeling as though you may be suffering from “hard water” damage to your hair, try using a clarifying/chelating shampoo. The EverEscents Bergamot Shampoo is great for removing any build-up on the hair and scalp and is perfectly fine for daily use. Read more about Bergamot here