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by Hollis on Aug 28, 2012

Hard Water vs. Soft Water And How it Affects Your Hair

By Hollis


Unfortunately, we don’t really get a choice when it comes to having hard water or soft water. We turn on the tap and take whatever we get, but it could be more important than we realize. Knowing what kind of water you have will help you take better care of your hair and make the necessary adjustments to avoid unwanted problems.

Soft Water – Is usually pretty easy to identify. It contains little to no magnesium and calcium. It actually feels soft on your skin and may even have a silky, almost slimy texture. While this can make it soothing to bathe in, it can also leave your skin and hair feeling like there is a film left over.

When soft water is used to wash hair, the shampoo will feel like it hasn’t been rinsed out all the way. It can also make your hair feel oily and unclean even right after you washed it. Hair washed with soft water will have little to no volume and fall flat on your head. This can especially be a big problem for the ladies with fine hair.


Hard Water –  Is just the opposite. Hard water dries out your hair and leaves it feeling dull, lifeless and heavy. Any hair treatments you have like dye will fade much faster than they should when hair is washed in hard water. People often experience a dry, flaky scalp and hair breakage or thinning due to blockage at the follicles. You will likely notice calcium deposits on your shower head and shower drain.

How To Fix It:

There are basically two choices here: Either alter your water or alter your haircare routine to counteract the state of your water. If your water is too hard, purchase a water softener. If your water is too soft, add chemical supplements to the water you use to attain the right balance.

Otherwise, alter your products and use an extra clarifying shampoo for soft water and a nourishing, moisturizing conditioner to restore your scalp and hair when using hard water. An ACV rinse works well for combating the unwanted effects of both types of water. With soft water it would remove the filmy layer left on your strands and with hard water it would remove the calcium deposits that block follicles and dry hair out.

Sources: Livestrong



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