Effects of hard water on the hair - How to Save Your Hair

Water is essential for the well being of the hair but it can also be harmful to them. And yes! Of course I am talking about hard water.

Here is information about this type of water.


What is hard water?


Hard water is water that has a high mineral content.

Fresh water contains very little.

This content generally consists of a high level of metal ions, mainly calcium and magnesium in the form of carbonates.

It is estimated that more than 85% of the water used by American consumers can be classified to a certain level of "hard" water.

The term "hard water" was coined to refer to water that was difficult or difficult to work. The term "hard water" was coined to refer to water that was difficult or difficult to work.


What are the effects of hard water on hair?


The consequences of hard water can be disastrous for the hair. The soluble minerals contained in water can create a deposit on the surface of the hair after repeated washing.


This accumulated layer of minerals can make the hair dry and indomitable. They get tangled up easily, are no longer receptive to your care and appear weak and brittle.


How to treat your hair if you have hard water?


You must regularly make clarifying and chelating shampoos.

You can also use:

- Best Shampoo for Hard Water

- products that help balance the pH of the hair and close their cuticles

- a shower filter

How do you know if your water is hard?


Your water is hard if it: -

  • clogs your pipes and taps -
  • reduces the efficiency of your water heater -
  • forces you to use more detergent


If you see suspicious traces on your taps, whitish deposits on the electrical resistance of your electric coffee maker or on your regularly clogged hand shower, this means that your water is too hard.


Is that bad ?


It all depends on its hardness, that is to say its content of dissolved salts of calcium carbonate and magnesium, at the origin of the formation of tartar.


Hard or soft?


The hardness of the water is indicated on the "water quality" sheet produced each year by the Ddass of your department, which is attached to your water bill or which you can consult at the town hall. The presence of limestone in water is measured with us in "French degrees" (° f or ° Th).

One degree corresponds to 10.3 mg of calcium carbonate per liter (or 4 mg of calcium). We can distinguish schematically:


- soft water: less than 15 ° f

- medium hard water: from 15 to 35 ° f

- very hard water: more than 35 ° f


You can also measure the hardness of your water yourself, with Test strips that are found in particular at aquarium dealers. They are graduated from 9 to 9 °, up to 45 ° f and more.


The water hardness is linked to the presence of limestone in the basement. The water is very hard in the limestone massifs: Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Moselle, Hérault. It is sweet in Brittany, in the Massif Central, the Vosges, the Ardennes and part of the Southwest. It is generally not very hard in other regions, with a few exceptions.


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