If you live in or near a city, you will be familiar with hard water. Hard water can be a prime suspect to dry hair. If you fixed this, you are 90% closer to softer, fuller natural hair.
Answer these questions
- Does your natural hair feel soft when drenched in water but becomes as dry as hay when it is dried? – suspect number 1
- Does it feel like moisturisers and deep conditioners just can’t seem to penetrate your natural hair? – suspect number 2
- Is your natural hair prone to tangles, knotty ends, and lots of it? – suspect number 3
- Do you tend to accumulate product buildups on your scalp very quickly? – suspect number 4
- Do you suffer from chronic hair breakage? – suspect number 5
Let’s fix this, shall we?
I live in London. East London to be more precise. This means I have really hard water. You can check if you live in a hard water area here.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has very high mineral and metal contents like lead, calcium and magnesium. Minerals are great for consumption and add to a healthy balanced diet – but not when they are deposited on your hair.
Why is Hard Water Bad for Natural Hair?
A major reason why hard water is bad for your hair is because it deposits the minerals and metals on your hair and prevents anything from passing through – this could mean your deep conditioner and moisturiser would only stay on the surface, instead of penetrating your hair shaft. So you can add as much moisturiser and deep conditioner as you wish, but if your water is hard, you are fighting a lost battle. The minerals will lay upon your hair so that there are only little gaps for your products to sneak past – this equals dull, limp, dry hair.
Another reason hard water is damaging to natural hair is that hard water will react with your natural hair products. Meaning it will reduce the overall effectiveness of your shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser and oil. So when you hear people raging about a great natural hair product and somehow it didn’t work for you, you might want to see if your hard water is messing your result up. Although, there are a few companies out there who add certain ingredients to counteract the effect of hard water, but don’t always count on it.
Solutions to Fix Hard Water and Get Softer Healthier Natural Hair
You have several options in fixing hard water. You can either use soft water or change your hard water to soft water. Here is how:
Solution 1: You buy bottled water – too expensive
Solution 2: You buy bottles with filtered caps and use that – too expensive since you have to replace the filter every so often
Solution 3: You buy deionised water – too expensive too
Solution 4: You renovate your bathroom and add inner filter in your showers – way too expensive
Solution 5: Buy distiller – expensive
Solution 6: Move to soft water location: VERY Expensive!
Solution 7: You buy Citric Acid or EDTA Salt (aka Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt) – Yay! Cheap and inexpensive. This is what I do.
You can get Citric acid and EDTA online. Citric acid and EDTA act as magnet to the minerals. You just add a tablespoon of this in the bucket of water to wash your hair, and it instantly binds itself to the minerals in the water. So that when you wash your hair, the minerals are unable to bind to your hair. They become very slippery and they would wash away into the sinkhole.
Now you are left with lovely soft hair, and no more hard water problem. The citric acid and EDTA are as cheap as table salt. And you only need a pinch every time you wash your hair.
Once you have sorted out your hard water problem, you will see that your hair will respond to products better, and it will be softer with less tangles and knotty ends.
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