Is your hair always dry? Are hair products that worked in the past no longer working? Does it take a long time for your shampoo to lather? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions, you may have hard water. Can you believe that hard water is one of the most unknown sources of hair breakage?! Go figure. Water is one of the best things for hair,m but can also cause adverse effects. Over 85% of the United States have hard water. If you have soft or filtered water, your water is perfect. But if you have hard water, then you may want to consider a water filter or if you can’t afford one, at least have a chelating cleanser.
Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals e.g., copper, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals can stick to your hair and build up overtime. This build up can cause product to work ineffectively and can prevent adequate moisture from entering the hair shaft. Depending of the severity of hard water, it can become alkaline which can increase the porosity of hair, cause dryness,and dullness overtime. Regular clarifying cleansers cannot remove minerals, only chelating cleansers can remove them. Also, if you use a no lye relaxer, it’s important to chelate to remove the calcium that this type of relaxer deposits. If you are unsure what shampoos are chelating, you can look for labels marked ‘Swimmer’s Shampoo’ or ‘Hard Water Cleanser’. You can also make sure that your cleanser has at least one of the following ingredients as the main cleansing ingredient: