Is Hard Water Damaging Your Hair?

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Updated On - September 19, 2020 Chaitra K
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Just moved into a new house? Started noticing your hair behaving slightly different after every wash? It might be the hardness present in the water!

Yes! The hard water you’re using to wash your hair might be the reason for your hair troubles! 

What is hard water?

Hard water is the one that contains a high amount of certain “hard” minerals and salts such as calcium and magnesium. It is responsible for scaly white buildup in your shower head, bucket, vessels, bathroom tiles etc in your house. Although hard water does not harm your health overall, it may affect your hair and skin.

Does hard water affect your hair?

For some, using hard water has made their hair fragile, faded their hair colour and made their hair dry and frizzy because of the excess mineral buildup in the hair. Hair loss and breakage are common among people using hard water.

Your hair is somewhere around a pH of 4.5 to 5. Meanwhile, hard water is 8.5 or sometimes even higher. That’s not taking into account the pH levels of your shampoo, conditioner, etc. If hair’s pH gets above a 10 or so, the hair fibre swells, and it may cause irreversible damage to your hair. 

However, hard water is not the only reason for hair fall, your genetics, hormones, medications and many other factors affect your hair greatly. Consult a doctor to find out the exact reason and hair fall solution.

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How to combat hard water hair damage?

To protect your hair from the harsh minerals, you can take certain precautions:

✔ Apply conditioner every time you shampoo to protect it from getting frizzy.
✔ Install a Bathroom water softener.

However, doing these will probably may/may not solve your hair problems. 

As always, consult a Dermatologist to find out the exact reasons for your hair fall, combat hair fall by following a suitable hair care regimen to cure specific issues.

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About Author

Chaitra K
I’m a Skin Care Enthusiast from Bangalore, a writer here @CureSkin teamed up with Expert Dermatologists to spread awareness on the right kind of skin and hair care for men and women. Inspiring people to explore the skin and hair care that suits their need and help them look and feel beautiful is my full-time job. Skin & hair problems affect every person's self-esteem and confidence. Hence I love helping people by giving them the best information about skin and hair health with my writing, driven by the BEST Dermatologists.