You have seen the commercials, the women swishing their magnificent manes, sparking in the sun, after a shower. But the effect isn’t quite the same as you examine yours in the bathroom mirror.
If you are noticing that your shampoo just isn’t doing it’s job like it used to, you probably have hard water.
It is estimated that 85 per cent of households have hard water, which is water that is high in mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium but may also include bicarbonates and sulphates.
Water starts out soft as it falls to the ground as rain. As the water seeps through the soil and softer rocks such as limestone, it dissolves minerals, some which are good for you, and some that cause hard water.
When you have hard water it requires more shampoo, soap or detergent to get the job done than with soft water because the minerals in the hard water can decrease the soap’s lathering capabilities.
Hard water can aggravate many parts of your body, including your hair.
Your hair is made up of little scales, like shingles on a roof and hard water tends to make the scales stand up, which makes your hair feel rough and tangly.
When your hair is tangled and rough, it makes it more difficult to rinse out all of the soap, leaving a film on your hair after washing. This is what causes the dull lifeless feeling in your hair.
Special thanks to Soap and Salve for their information on the effects of hard water on hair.