Some folks spend too much time putting on cream, oiling their hair and buying the best soaps and shampoos, and still find that their hair and skin is rough. The obvious issue which they fail to realise is that the cause of their problem is hard water.
What is Hard Water?
Water, often, in lakes and wells get mixed with calcium, magnesium and limestone. Hard water basically refers to water which has high mineral content. The most basic effect of hard water is that it is difficult to work with. It demands much more soap, shampoo and detergent to foam and lather up.
Studies have shown that over 85% consumers get hard water in North America.
Hard Water and Hard Hair
Using hard water means that you have to put a lot of effort into washing your hair, especially, if it’s long. Hard water tends to raise up the scale in your hair and this makes it rough and tangled. Adding shampoo to the mix may just make things worse. It reacts with the minerals in the hard water and has adverse effects on your scalp, weakening your hair roots. This may be the reason for your loss of hair.
Rough Skin and Hard Water
The skin is a sensitive layer. It contains oil and new cells. Soap aims to clean out any dirt and dead cells that are stuck to your skin. However, when soap reacts with hard water, it becomes stronger than it should be. It strips your skin of oil and new cells.
Hard water is even known to trigger eczema which causes itching and rashes on your skin.
At the end of a shower, your hair feels dry and brittle and your skin feels rough, and to top it off, you don’t feel fresh.
What Can You Do?
You can’t change your water connection, that’s out of the question. However, there are steps you can take.
– Opt for Natural Soaps and Shampoo: It would be better if you stopped picking up your usual soap from the supermarket and get natural ones. This will lessen the negative reaction with hard water.
– Install a Water Softening System: The above option doesn’t really solve the core problem. You should convert your hard water into soft water and that is possible with a water softening system. A water softening system will remove all the extra minerals and ensure you get soft water.
Sometimes all you need to do is make sure that you’re getting good quality water. If you think you have hard water, confirm it and do something about it.