How to Reverse the Effects of Hard Water on Your Hair

April 13, 2022

How to Reverse the Effects of Hard Water on Your Hair

Hard water is a problem that affects many of us, but most of us don’t realize the extent to which it is affecting our hair. Hard water contains high levels of minerals and metals, which can cause damage to hair. But the good news is that there are things you can do to improve your hair's health.

What is Hard Water? 

Unlike regular water which contains easy-to-remove ions like sodium, sulfates (a type of salt) are only found in hard water. Hard or hard water is a condition where the level of minerals is high and can cause damage to your hair. Some people find that their skin remains healthy when they switch from drinking normal water to harder purified tap water - around 1% drops on average for food items.

The adverse events on "hardness" factors revealed by studies have little health significance: physiological effects possibly even beneficial may occur after chronic exposure at levels approximately much above recommended drinking water (Environmental Health Perspectives, November 1993).

Hard Rockers: The Effects of Hard Water on Hair

Mineral buildup can be devastating for hair. It’s almost impossible to remove without tearing out your own strands, but you could use baking soda five or six times a week to gently scrub mineral deposits from the surface of your scalp and help replenish vital minerals.

A lack of minerals in your diet itself raises the level of ionic substances in the food you eat and subsequently these ions are phagocytosed into human hair. In this situation, they cling to an outer layer on the scalp that eventually pinches off occurring a shrinkage which takes place around 1900 when hair becomes weaker by a reduction in diameter as well as loss in thickness. These results of the hair cycle process are when we notice thinner and shorter hairs, as well as premature graying on the scalp for some individuals' healthy diet, tend to be inadequate levels of minerals.

The reasons behind this are that one cannot drink drinking water from natural sources, so it's difficult determining the exact level of hardness or softness.

The only way to obtain an accurate measure would be by using a home-testing device and as of yet, there is none that offers an easy calibration scale.

A water softener - mechanical or electrical devices are used to remove most of the minerals from hard water making it easier to drink and softening conditioners needed. Softening is accomplished by exchanging dissolved ions with another form or other compound (commonly sodium carbonate, which neutralizes the hardness and minerals while leaving a tiny amount of nasties behind).

There are several types that can be purchased:

Those that use ion exchange resins like Silex Deluca Ion Exchange System - Softwater systems using ultraviolet light to remove unwanted materials such as chlorine gas from water. In addition to the ion exchange process in some filters, other treatments to remove any buildup are utilized. Commonly used chemicals include Chlorine Dioxide, Chlortetracycline, and Tri(Pentathol)benzimidazole (also referred to as EDTA).

Those that use electrolytic softeners: ** these may be hard or soft water conditioners; contains spiral wound aluminum foil coated with a porous material such as crushed quartz, then packed in a sponge-like carbon block. Water flows through and taps this softener or it connects to an external power supply. 

Which unit is used they are all good because of the many kind softeners available so each has its own features that may be useful or maybe not useful as determined by personal needs accordingly what you would like to buy, there are some things very important when choosing one:

Documentation (informational articles, site visits, or softener manufacturer and use information)

Cost depends on whether it is a hard water conditioner this term has many different meanings when buying new or used. You can find all kinds of setups but their prices are very similar with only slight variations occasionally. 

The most commonly used dimensions for rating a price by sellers depend on the prevailing conditions in Hong Kong such as increased tap water utility fees (about 40c/l more than approx . $0.0413 per liter supplied price), the type of softener used (over 100USD), and on whether it is a new unit or an old one with narrow applications. So when you want what best suits your needs, pricing could be highly subjective depending on these conditions as different sellers have their own idea! 

Typically, broad kinds such as in-line units are more expensive than models that are commonly mounted to taps by replacing existing faucets. The number of outlets that are available depends heavily on the overall configuration. 

A lot more models may be mounted at once to save money but it means potential leaks and less convenience in scheduling during daily use so It is easy for any homeowner to overspend with several choices offered by various softeners; basically, you might have found out what suits your needs best,

Our Own Softener with 3 Methods (Treatments)

The hairs of an individual are susceptible to environmental damage and physical tension which also causes hair issues like breakage. A common issue among people with compromised skin or scalp health is excessive pigmentation due to these issues. 

This often results in a white cast, especially for those with darker hair. A common cause of this is over-sulfated shampoo formulations that can strip natural oils from the skin and scalp leading to dryness, irritation, and breaking of the hair. 

When combined with harsh or conditioning cleansers and systems, this can lead to premature graying and hair loss while leaving epidermal skin in an unusually dried-out state when washing day after day. 

The best treatment option is a low sulfate shampoo formulated according to one’s normal scalp condition without any irritation caused by other products used for cleansing purposes such as high alcohol levels (primarily found in shampoos that target dandruff). This approach requires diligent and careful attention to the shampooing regimen.

Low sulfates are provided through low sodium, anionic surfactants (surfactants with molecules that have a negative charge), hydrophilic polymers, or combinations of these for appropriate conditioning. The best level of overall softening effect is achieved by measuring one’s tolerance for irritating sensitizing ingredients such as alcohol and triglycine in this context.

The advantage of anionic surfactants is that they have well-defined liquid surfaces leading to excellent penetration and skin conditioning benefits from their applications but this negative charge can lead to impurities being deposited on the scalp if not perfectly balanced among shampooing components quickly after application. 

This may be especially more prevalent as a result of repeated use, which should be avoided for individuals with excess oil content in high sulfated shampoos due to irritation from sulfates in general and excess sebum production on a very frequent basis.

There are differences of opinion among professionals about the preference for rinsed or unscented shampoos if sensitive scalps occur due to overly aggressive surfactants found in commercial, untreated high volume companies products that often contain swabbed alcohol as the primary cleansing ingredient. A rinse aftershave is typically used when your skin has been watered down,

Home Remedies for Hair to Reduce Damaging Effects of Water Hardness

Another common factor contributing to dry, thin and unhealthy hair is too much water. The more moisture in the air and on your scalp, the less oil (sebum) you have – which means that it’s wasted between washes. Rinse with lukewarm water before shampooing helps remove excess sebum buildup if necessary but rinses should always be followed by a thorough showerhead rinse for comfort benefits instead of drying excessive moisture.

In addition, to tap water, you should avoid using bottled/mineral water found in larger retail stores as most hard minerals with a high dissolved alkali content (either natural or artificially added) have leaked into the resulting product over time and affect your health if used regularly for long periods of time instead of making no exceptions for when traveling or visiting family where filtered city ground spring/well water may be available. 

In many cases, this mineral-rich water may be too soft to effectively rinse the dirt out of hair. Warning: Stop using plastic bottles or containers once they are found leaking, and ensure that you don’t buy bottled/mineral water in plastic packaging (which contains strontium Chloride as an additive as mentioned above). You can easily improve your health by avoiding these risks while still staying hydrated properly with real mineral-rich spring/well drinking water.

To keep hair from getting too dry, using a conditioner is helpful but not necessary for most people with normal-thickened hairs. Conditioners mainly protect the hair from humidity (if you sweat very little or don’t need to use it that much) making your scalp more prone to damage if overused and/or causing extreme overheating of damaged parts of your scalp where pores become clogged by excessive oil buildup which can lead to scaling, infectious infections and dandruff/dry scales.

Keep your hair as healthy as possible by not exposing damage-prone scalp areas (scalp typically showing signs of severe dryness) that have been properly cleaned from excessive buildup with hard minerals or excessively-soft water to sunlight again when you step out into the street always wear a large hat or wide-brimmed hat while on vacation / in the city.

Thoughts on “How to Reverse the Effects of Hard Water on Your Hair” 

"I've found a rare shampoo by the name of Perfect Stopper that has been recommended to me as far as shoulder-length hair is concerned from my stylist, which in addition to cleaning oil buildup from your scalp whenever you shower daily will also restore color by washing off all traces of yellow or green from other shampoos or conditioners you may have used previously. I use it after conditioning my hair every 5 days on Saturdays and Sundays so to speak, with a great deal of soap suds.  

It's interesting that the yellow brassiness in hard water can only reveal itself by using certain products like Umber shampoo & color blocking blockers (which are currently available but nonetheless subject to weather conditions) as well as in hair treated with certain color-blocking shampoos. However, hard water can also cause yellow brassiness or tanning of the face and neck where multiple applications are involved  sun exposure is one form in which it occurs."

Hard water can cause hair damage. Hard water contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals which can leave your hair brittle and damaged if you do not use proper precautions when showering and brushing your hair. Just being careful about the preparation of your shampoo will help minimize mineral accumulation and minimize damage to your hair.

In order to avoid damaging the follicles on your head, be sure to wash thoroughly with a cleanser that contains the proper ingredients. It does not matter whether you are using a shampoo, conditioner, or cleaning product. You must make certain to clean your hair thoroughly with a quality product that is formulated for dry and damaged hair it's that simple! 

Your head produces natural oil when in contact with sunlight which can leave us susceptible to brassy tones from hard water minerals simply because our scalp responds to sun exposure by increasing moisture content - something we may want too much of. To prevent brassy tones from facing, you must do all within your power to minimize excess moisture content in the first place!

If your hair is damaged due to hard water mineral accumulation and requires more than one washing with different shampoos or conditioners, try using a clarifying shampoo that can remove granules and deposits while nourishing healthy hair cells. Clarifying shampoos are available at most drugstores make sure they are labeled as "for normal or dry hair" so you know whether they will work correctly. 

Also, read the label carefully and make sure to look for uncommon ingredients such as paraben, sulfate - either of these may irritate your scalp in small amounts allowing hard water minerals to set in making damage more difficult

Styling Tips For Hard Water Damage To Hair

Protecting damaged hair is important when styling with temporary color. Temporary color can make conditions worse because it is a non-permanent hair dye and thus hard water minerals have a chance to adhere to the treated tissue further damaging your fragile cuticle.

Always visit a salon before shopping online. Never comb out with fingers or oils on conditioner wand AFTER touching dyed, damaged area as this may result in stripping already their natural oil which will leave you susceptible to brassy tones.

Do not use products with color, heat, or bleach within 24 hours of coloring treated hair as they may intensify brassy color already caused by hard water minerals! Products that help prevent damage, especially in the first place.

Use conditioner regularly; avoid harsh shampoos and deep conditioning treatments. Use moisturizing shampoo/conditioners every few days, never more frequently than once a week Apply aloe vera gel over the entire head very sparingly as you do with conditioner/hair moisturizer every 3-4 days A point to remember is that damaged hair has a much greater need for extra moisture, but any excess will create brittleness. 

You can certainly use deep conditioning treatments and heavy oils on your dry or colored hair, but if you are hesitant put it away until Thursday night when the water pressure decrease and all of those mineral deposits have had time to set in, rinse with very cold water and blot with a satin or gauze wrap (not terry cloth!) 

wrung out in cool water then put on folded or dry without constant patting- you actually do not need to worry about the buildup as much while your hair is still quite moisture stay away from gel soaps formulas, especially when it comes down below freezing. When applying conditioner be sure to move slowly, let the conditioner work its magic comb

How To Fix Hard Water Hair Damage 

Get A Water Softener 

To help protect your hair get a water softener. You can find them at plumbing and hardware stores or the supermarket for about $50 to $120 depending on which one you choose. Get a high-quality water treatment for hard water that should be professional grade reverse osmosis, ultra-pure, ion exchange, advanced carbon filters, etc. 

These treatments are estimated from  $80-$150 dollars per year but they will decrease scale buildup in installation, increase shine and fade resistance if you rinse with h2o which means less frequent shampoo, and can get rid of ring around the collar (cliff) from copper sulfate that has built up in your system. 

You also want to test for positive results as these treatments can either be "sticky" or could cut a softener back down towards neutral water so it’s crucial to have a brand that is guaranteed efficient! If needed some sort of iron remover would help these softeners work better.

Salt, saltwater rinse, or even sodium bicarb in a process called stripping is an easy way to lighten the hair.  It can also help make porosity more permeable so any other powders won't clog it up as well by reducing it(the residue) with the use of very hot water when you wash with soap which creates ultrafine particles that are less absorbent (harder to remove). all you'd need to do is use tepid (not hot) water as this would help loosen or cut down the scale buildup in installation which will make certain absorbent powders work better. 

H2o EliteLabs Electronic Water Conditioner Softener is a great water conditioner and softener that can be used throughout installation (shampoo included) on an action of shampooing. this allows users to bypass all the above problems with professional grades, and non-professional kinds and work out all the scale buildup in between shampoos, or as needed if you are going braille/blind which starts to happen at around 3 months post-install. This thing is crazy effective.

Use The Malibu Hard Water Wellness Kit

I will go over water conditioners and softeners, including how to run each one, and post a video in the near future once my hair is dry (Many conditions improved with draping after formaldehyde-free shampoos) but for now, I'll give you some insight into what differentiates them from each other.

Salts > neutralizing/waterline builder is typically used as an overnight treatment or has several applications during installation, these increase porosity and make the hair seem thicker for an extended time. this is typically done on an installation schedule:

Process Salt Rinse or Hair  Salt prior to installation- use my video from above, which can be found under related articles Remove scale build-up in hard water (compared to most ultra-fine powders that are NOT salted) before application of another softener/shampoo   Softeners > conditioner.

I’ll go into more detail below but keep in mind that softeners and conditioners are two entirely different things, they're just often presented as one. sometimes you can use a cheap shampoo to soften the hair prior to today's rinsing water if it's incredibly hard on your hair (I don't recommend this)

Make A Baking Soda Hair Wash At Home

Baking Soda and water is one of the best ways to make a homemade hair wash at home. Baking soda has many benefits, including helping with skin conditions such as acne and eczema. When mixed with water, this chemical compound absorbs sweat, oil, bacteria, and dirt, leaving your hair clean and moisturized.

Baking soda is an inexpensive compound often found in most pharmacies or grocery stores that can also relieve dandruff, control static clinging to your hair and overall provide benefits such as controlling head lice. 

Baking soda is a name-brand product used in many shampoos but there are also other chemical compounds that can be found at any beauty supply store or local pharmacy which may not have the same consistency as Clairol's Herbal Essences Shampoo.  It should now actually make sense what I'm going over next: 

Be sure that your hair is thoroughly rinsed from the shampoo before using a baking soda home wash, as this will prevent buildup on objects such as showerheads and faucets Avoid mold because of masonry products create those white marks Leftovers can be used in dishes but it must be disposed properly


Final Thought

Hard water is not only a problem for people with soft hair. If you have coarse, dry hair that tends to get frizzy, hard water can make it worse. Not only does hard water leave your hair feeling rough and unmanageable, but it can also cause your scalp to itch and become flaky. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reverse the effects of hard water on your hair so that you can enjoy healthy locks again!