When you attempt to evaluate what products work best for your hair, the one factor you may be leaving out is the water coming right out of your showerhead!
That’s right. Not all water has the same effect on the hair. If your hair is dull, dry or lacks volume no matter what products you use, then the water from your tap could be hard water.
Hard Water Hair Issues
Hard water contains mineral deposits that can leave hair looking dull, dry and limp. In addition, the minerals in hard water can also make color-treated hair look brassy and fade more quickly. To find out if you do indeed have hard water, you can purchase test strips from your local hardware store or an online retailer, such as Amazon
If you do indeed have hard water, then the best way to protect your hair is to purchase a showerhead filter, such as this one
. It may cost a bit, but it will probably save you money in the long run by preventing you from wasting money on seemingly ineffectual hair products! As a bonus, a showerhead filter will also remove chlorine from your water, also widely known to dull hair color and dry out hair.
Don’t want to bother with a showerhead filter??
There is another option to help lessen the effects of hard water buildup–add a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine every couple of weeks. Unlike other shampoos, a clarifying shampoo is designed to specifically remove any type of buildup from the hair. Regularly using a clarifying shampoo won’t completely solve the hard water issue, but it will lesson buildup.
We like to use an all-natural clarifying solution made with apple cider vinegar. Just pour one-part vinegar and one-part water into a spray bottle and shake a bit to mix. After shampooing your hair, spritz hair well with the vinegar mixture and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing well. Not only will the mix remove buildup and add shine, but the vinegar also helps to balance natural pH levels, add softness, smooth tangles and closes the hair cuticle to reduce frizz. Your hair will be so smooth you may even want to skip your conditioner! Also, don’t worry–the vinegar smell does not linger!