Hair care

How to avoid hair loss due to hard water?

If you are experiencing unexplained hair loss, hard water might be a reason. Hard water is typically defined as water containing minerals such as iron, calcium, copper and magnesium in higher amount. These minerals are not good for the hairs and they can actually make hairs, dry frizzy and weak at the roots, triggering hair fall.

To put it more scientifically, the minerals, are positively charged ions, whereas our hairs are negatively charged.  So, when you wash or rinse your hairs with hard water, the positively charged minerals get attached with the negatively charged hair strands. With time, this buildup can weaken the hair shafts as well as the hair roots, and can also make it difficult for any conditioner or oil to reach the hairs from outside.

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So, if your area has hard water supply and you are experiencing hair loss without any noticeable reasons, the water can be surely a cause. However, the best thing here is that, avoiding hair loss due to hard water is simple. All you need to do is to ensure that you soften the water before using it onto your hairs. If you stop using hard water on your hairs and continue with proper hair care and moisturizing, the hair condition can be quickly reversed, controlling the hair fall.

Soften the water before washing or rinsing your hairs with it

  • Water softener machines are now easy available and they do not even cost much. So, installing a water softener machine in your home or apartment is surely the easiest solution to avoid hair loss due to hard water.
  • If you are not planning to install a water softener, you can opt for a much easier solution, that is, a shower or tap filter. High quality shower and tap filters are available in the market; and these filters can reduce the amount of minerals present in the tap water considerably, saving your hairs from the ill effects of hard water.
  • Another way of softening the hard water is to add some alum to it. Alum is a chelating agent which reacts with the minerals of the water and stores them in the form of sediment at the bottom of the bucket. Separate a bucket of water from the tap water and add 2 tablespoons of alum in it. Let the water stand for 25 minutes and then either you can sieve the water for separating the white particles, minerals and the remaining alum, or just use the water from the top without stirring the bottom of the bucket.

Use proper shampoo and conditioner that can fight the effects of hard water

  • There are some particular types of hair products that are formulated to negate the effects of hard water on the hairs. These products are usually available in the market under tags like, chelating or clarifying shampoo. These cleansers remove any buildup from your hairs, but are quite harsh on your hairs too. So, keep their use to minimum.
  • Using a deep conditioner like Argan oil or olive oil before washing your hairs can be an effective way to reduce any harmful effect of hard water on your hairs. These oils provide a protective covering on your hair strands which helps to reduce the amount of mineral buildup.

You can also employ any of the following natural remedies to avoid hair loss due to hard water.

  • Rinse your hairs with Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV can be actually effective to remove any mineral buildup from your hairs and scalp. It also balances the natural pH of the scalp and hairs, promoting healthier and shinier hairs. Mix one part ACV with one part plain water and spray this mixture onto your scalp and hairs. Massage the scalp and the hairs lightly with this solution and let it set for 5 minutes before washing off with filtered water. This can be a really effective and easy way to avoid hair loss due to hard water.
  • Use a Lemon rinse: Just like ACV, lemon can also be effective to remove the buildup from your hairs and scalp. Add a whole lemon in a mug of water and rinse your hair and scalp with this water after you have completed washing your hairs. Alternatively, you can also use the mixture to massage your hairs and scalp and then wash off after 5 minutes.
  • Use baking soda to wash your scalp and hairs: Baking soda is a natural clarifying agent and it can clear up any buildup from the scalp and hairs. So, if your area has hard water supply, make it a point to use baking soda for washing your hairs at least once in 15 days. Make a smooth paste by mixing baking soda with water and use this paste to rub your scalp and hairs. Leave on for 3-5 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water.

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