Are you tired of changing shampoos and buying expensive hair products to solve your hair loss problems? Are you tired of trying new hair treatments to get those beautiful luscious locks? Then maybe it’s time to check the water you use. Hair loss has become one of the most common problems for people all over the world. And yes, there may be several other reasons for premature hair loss. But, have you ever considered the quality of water you use to wash your hair each time? Hard water is one of the biggest reasons for hair fall today, especially in the urban areas.
What exactly is Hard Water?
Hard water is basically water with a high mineral content. These minerals mostly include Calcium and Magnesium in high amounts. They may also include Manganese or other multivalent cations which contribute to achieve a measure of hardness. Hard water generally occurs naturally when water percolates through calcium carbonates or magnesium carbonate, such as chalk or limestone. Although hard water is not a health risk when used for drinking, it causes a great deal of damage when used for hair.
Why is Hard Water harmful for your hair?
Hard water is rich in minerals and oxidizers which weaken your hair follicles. The minerals present in hard water are neither good for your hair, nor your scalp. They tend to weaken your hair making them dry and frizzy. Exposing your hair regularly to hard water can lead to thin and brittle hair, premature greying, dandruff problems, split ends and various hair loss issues.
Signs to identify if You have Hard Water
- Hard Water can leave spots on dishes, windows and other surfaces.
- It can cause certain skin irritations like eczema
- Hair can turn dry and appear dull when exposed to hard water.
- It can leave stains on porcelain.
- Soap doesn’t lather properly in hard water.
- The color of your clothing fades away in time when washed with hard water.
- Clothes look dirty or gringy after being washed in hard water.
- It’s deposits clog pipes and other appliances over time like dishwasher and clothes washer.
Effective Solutions for hair loss problems caused by Hard Water
A water softener is basically a mechanical appliance which is installed in your home’s water supply system. This appliance uses a process called ion exchange where it exchanges minerals for something else, in most cases, sodium. This removes the hardness from the water, making it soft water. Not only can soft water help you with your hair loss, but, it can also treat skin conditions like dryness and eczema.
You can add some alum to your bucket of water to make it soft. Alum contains unique properties which will allow the minerals to settle down for some time. This in turn prevents oxidization thus decreasing hair fall.
Using a good clarifying shampoo can help you in dealing with hard water. Clarifying shampoo remove all the dirt and built up from the scalp making it squeaky clean. It also adds shine and volume to your tresses.
Oiling has been one of the oldest and best solutions to all of our hair problems. Olive oil is known for being a natural conditioner for hair. It is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants which are really beneficial to the hair. Olive oil can be mixed with other organic oils like coconut oil or almond oil and massaged onto the scalp. This will provide the hair and scalp with the required proteins and nutrients, thus preventing hair loss. For best results, use Satthwa Premium Hair Oil regularly.
Shower filters are the cheaper and rather temporary alternatives to water softeners. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes which fit directly onto your showerhead. These filters effectively remove the hardness of water and relieve you from your hair fall and dry skin problems.
Giving your hair a vinegar rinse can make your hair strong and shiny. For this purpose you’ll need one cup of apple cider vinegar and three cups of water. Rinse your hair with this solution regularly to add strength and luster to your hair.
Rinsing your hair with lemon water regularly can help in removing any kind of residue built up from your scalp. Lemon helps in restoring the natural oil in the scalp which makes the hair strong and healthy. Atlernatively, you can also add lemon juice to your shampoo and wash your hair with it.
Eggs are a great conditioner for dry and damaged hair. They contain a lot of proteins and vitamins which can make hair healthy and promote hair growth. To make an egg mask for your hair add 2 beaten eggs, a cup of curd and some almond oil to a bowl. Apply this mixture to your hair twice a week to get radiant, strong and thick hair.
Watch our video in Hindi explaining hard water and hair fall