How To Prevent Hard Water From Damaging Your Hair

Nearly 85% of Americans have hard water in our homes and the result can be disastrous to our hair. Long term exposure to hard water can lead to hair that feels greasy, clumpy and aggravate scalp and dandruff symptoms. 

Here are a few ways to help you prevent hard water from damaging your hair. 

1. Use A Hard Water Shampoo

Fight hard water with a shampoo with chelating agents designed to remove deposits and mineral buildup on your hair and scalp. ​

2. Rinse With Filtered Water

To decrease the side adverse affects of hard water on hair use filtered water as a final rinse when washing your hair. These can cost as little as $20 and it's the most effective and long term solution for dealing with hard water. 

3. Condition Your Hair

Treatments can help decrease dryness temporarily and prevent hard water from damaging your hair. Opt for weekly conditioning treatments. Incorporate some of our natural DIY recipes or try using natural essential oils to keep your hair healthy. 

4. Apply Vinegar Rinse

A vinegar rinse is excellent for removing buildup plus it's also super affordable.The acidity of the vinegar will help to eliminate mineral build-up from your hair. It normalizes pH levels, smooths the hair's cuticles and leaves hair feeling soft and silky.
Mix one spoonful of vinegar with three spoons of water. Pour the mixture on your head and wait a few minutes before rinsing off.

5. Soften Your Water

Adding a water softener is an excellent way to prevent hard water from damaging yur hair. Add a tablet of alum to hard water before taking a shower. Alum helps minerals in the water to settle down making the rest of water less rich in minerals and therefore less hard

6.Wash With Rain Water

Rainwater is a soft water which is ideal when washing your hair because it's salt-free. It's not the most dependable solution depending on where you live but if you are in an area where it rains often you may try collecting rain water and use it as a rinse. 

7. Make A Lemon Rinse

Just like using vinegar, the acidic dynamics of lemon juice rinse can help remove the accumulation of minerals from your hair. It breaks down the residual salts components and leaves hair looking shiny and fresh.

To create a lemon rinse, add 1 spoonful of lemon juice to 3 cups of water and apply to your head. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

9.Use A Filtration Water Bottle

This is particularly convenient when you are traveling and visiting an area with hard water for a short period of time.

This option is quite simple and inexpensive. You just need a simple plastic bottle where you can keep your bottled filtered water for a final rinse. Or you can consider filtering it yourself

10. Apply Leave-In Conditioner

A leave-in conditioner can help hair look healthy despite exposure to hard water. However, we recommend that you find ways of eliminating using hard water when showering by using some type of filtering system for best results.

Here is a cool infographic with a few tips to help save your hair from hard water. 

Source : JustGrowAlready

Let us know in the comments if these tips helped you reverse and prevent hard water from damaging your hair. 


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