It’s time to rethink your routine for keeping your hair clean, strong, and smooth. And that secret solution won’t necessarily come from a bottle. How you wash your hair actually starts right when it gets wet. If you’re using hard water for your hair instead of soft water, then your hair products will definitely be at a disadvantage. Starting with soft water is the way to go!
The Trouble with Hard Water for Your Hair
Put simply, hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals. While the minerals themselves occur naturally, they can be a real pain for your day-to-day. That’s because hard water minerals form tough buildups around all of your fixtures, from your kitchen faucet to your shower. They also cause water spots on your dishes, scratchy laundry, and—you guessed it—dry hair.
Because the minerals come from the water itself, they can’t rinse away completely. So with hard water, you’re left with those minerals on your scalp, skin, and locks of hair. Usually people think of heat and blow dryers as the dry hair culprits. But hard water for your hair can be just as damaging.
How Your Shower Water Works
Rather than add extra steps to your shower schedule with clarifying shampoos, heavy conditioners, or even a DIY apple cider vinegar solution, you might actually do better (and save money) by switching from hard water to soft water. Without those minerals in your tap water, your regular shampoo will be able to lather better and help make washing your hair more nourishing. Plus, soft water actually rinses clean, so your hair won’t be left with extra residue.
It’s the same for your skin too, and layers of soap. Soft water cleans better and just feels more refreshing. In fact, it can be a great supplemental treatment for eczema. True to its name, soft water is smooth and gentle! Getting rid of the minerals with a water softener can help prevent your skin from drying out. It’s a relatively straight-forward fix, but it makes a big difference.
Along with that, you’ll also want to pay attention to your tap water’s chlorine levels. That’s right—it’s not always about summertime in the pool. Your shower water might be doing double-damage to your hair and skin with both hard water minerals and the chlorine that’s left over from the water treatment plant process. Fortunately, you can tackle all sides of the dry hair problem with one smart system. AKA: a home water softener.
Get Clean, Soft Water at Every Tap!
Our favorite water softeners work to remedy hard water for your hair, as well as chlorinated tap water. And when you pair it up with a drinking water filter for your kitchen, all of the taps in your home will deliver clean water.
Whether you’re starting from scratch, or you already have one of these water systems in place, we’d love to help you review your options for better water quality! It all starts with a quick review of your current setup. Then we can talk through the possibilities for getting your water to tip-top quality. Feel free to send us a message. We’d be happy to answer your questions!