Bad Hair Day? Your Water Could Be To Blame.
Every day we wake up and look in the mirror hoping to have a great reflection looking back at us. However, if you showered last night with hard water, the reflection looking back at you might just be the scariest thing you have ever seen. Bad hair days are every woman’s nightmare, but did you ever imagine it might be the water you shower in that causes it?
Hard water is water that has high mineral content consisting of calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, silica, and lead. More than 85% of American homes have hard water. The hardest water is found in streams in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona, and California.
While hard water generally poses no health risks, it does interfere with almost every cleaning task from laundry to dishwashing, bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when they are dry. Hard water can cause a film on glass shower doors, walls, bathtubs, sinks, and faucets. Hair washed in hard water can feel sticky and look dull. All these issues make dealing with hard water a nuisance.
Ever get out of the shower or bath and simply feel sticky and unclean even though you just soaped up? Bathing with soap in hard water leaves a film of soap scum on the skin. This soap scum is also left behind from shampoo in your hair leaving hair dull, lifeless and difficult to manage. On top of all that, hard water can change the color of your hair. The minerals found in hard water affect our hair, scalp and skin. Calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, silica and lead all leave the hair feeling dry and heavy and all impact the processing of perms, color and chemical relaxers. Iron and copper both discolor the hair, iron leaving an orange hue and copper leaving a green hue. Calcium also builds up on the scalp causing flaking, giving the appearance of dandruff. On top of all these minerals, chlorine is also often found in water. Chlorine is added to drinking water to kill bacteria; however it also damages the cuticle and proteins of the hair.
After you spend all that money on your latest hair style with perhaps new color, or new perm, it would be incredibly frustrating to look in the mirror and see it partially washed out or an odd color. According to Prevention Magazine you should wait 48 hours to shampoo, and then do so with purified water. Because tap-water contains chlorine, which is a bleaching agent, and well-water has minerals like copper that coat the hair and alter its hue, purified water is the answer. For every day usage, treat your hard water to a Home Water Treatment System or a water softener. Water treatment systems or water softeners take the “hard” right out of your water. These systems are economical and easy to use with portable exchange tank service. The benefits they provide are countless but begin with feeling fresh and clean out of the shower, shiny hair that looks and feels great, clothes that look new longer, and best of all water that tastes great and does great things for you. Once your hard water has its own treatment, your hair treatment will last a lot longer and look just like it did when you walked out of the salon.
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