The answer is yes. Hard water can make caring for your hair very difficult. Hard water is water that consists of high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals can do a lot of damage to your plumbing, appliances, and the health of your hair by affecting its texture, volume, moisture, and even color. As calcium and magnesium riddled water run through your hair they will grab onto each strand, leaving it dry and heavy after your shower. Soft water may also have a few negative effects on the health of your hair. Although it may not be as damaging as hard water, using soft water during a shower means it will take longer to rinse the soap residue off of your scalp and hair. This leads to a build-up of soap residue on your scalp that will decrease its volume and leave hair feeling greasy once cleaned.
The pH of your water plays a role in hair health as well. Human hair has a pH between 4.5 and 5. Hard water generally has a pH of 8.5 or higher which is more alkaline than your hair desires. Add in the pH of your choice of shampoo, conditioner, or hair treatments and suddenly your hair is on the fritz. This is because once your hair reaches a pH of 10 or higher, the fibers will swell and cause irreversible damage. Luckily, at Clean Water Solutions Houston we know how to combat hard water, soft water, and increased pH levels to help save your hair from any further damage.
To attack each of these potential hair casualties at the source, consider purchasing a shower head water filter or a whole house water softener system. Either option will minimize the harmful effects hard water has on your hair, but water softeners will combat hard water at every point of contact in your home. This can save your pipes and appliances in addition to saving your hair. There are other temporary healing aids for hair that has been damaged by unfit water including using natural rinses such as apple cider vinegar, hair masks, or replenishing treatments but those may become costly if the issue remains unresolved. Call the experts at Clean Water Solutions Houston today so you can stop fighting hard water buildup and follicle damaging pH levels in your water. Our specialists will diagnose any water problems throughout your home quickly and implement a long term solution even quicker!