- What is hard water?
- How does it affect the hair?
- Do an apple cider vinegar rinse
- Use a damage repair shampoo
- Use Argan oil
What is hard water?
Hard water is water that has extremely high mineral content. It contains a high concentration of calcium, magnesium sometimes even bicarbonates and sulfates. This happens because the water seeps through soil and rocks that are high in mineral content. You can determine whether the water is hard by seeing how it responds to soap. If you need too much soap for it to lather, the water is hard. You can also check the surface of your showerhead or tap—if it has a thin white film or crusty substances; the water is hard.
How does it affect the hair?
Hard water targets the hair shaft and makes the scales of the shaft stand up. The minerals present in hard water weigh the hair down and cause breakage. The scales are a part of the hair cuticle, which is the outermost part of the hair shaft and it from damage.
Here are 3 foolproof ways to repair your hair from hard water damage…
Do an apple cider vinegar rinse
Apple cider vinegar is much more than just a salad dressing—it helps remove buildup and balances the hairs sebum secretion making it fresh, soft and shiny! Hard water causes excess mineral buildup which apple cider vinegar targets. Mix ½ a cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of fresh water and mix well. Then, rinse your hair using this mixture and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Use a damage repair shampoo
Hard water can cause hair breakage, roughness and dryness. Use a damage repair shampoo such as Dove Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Range that contains keratin actives that strengthen the hair protein at a cellular level giving you healthy, lustrous locks.
Use Argan oil
Giving your hair a boost of hydration is extremely necessary while repairing hard water damage. Hard water sucks the moisture out of your hair and no amount of hydrating shampoo or conditioner can give it the moisture it lacks. Argan oil, on the other hand, restores and adds moisture to your hair—just use a few drops on damp hair for soft, shiny hair! Make sure you use pure argan oil and not argan oil-infused leave-in conditioners.
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