What is your hard water doing to your hair?

Today I would like to talk about hard water and how it could be effecting your hair.  Believe it or not, about 85% of households in the US have hard water.  Some cases worse than others.  I know that the water that I have at home puts me into that 85%.  So today I just want to explain what it means to have hard water and the effects it may be having on your hair.  What signs to look for and quick easy solutions.
So what hard water means is that there is a high mineral content in your water.  Some of these minerals may come from a well, some from piping, and some are actually put in your water to prevent bacterial from forming.  This will eventually lead to a mineral build up in your hair.
Some of the more common signs are crunchy brittle hair, lack of shine and body, hair that doesn’t want to hold a curl, discoloration such as a green, orange or red tint, and finding that your shampoo doesn’t want to lather.   One thing that I notice as a stylist is that mineral buildup will prevent color and chemical services from taking properly.
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So let’s talk about what we are dealing with.   Chlorine is very common in most tap water.  It is used to kill bacteria in drinking water.  When left in the hair, chlorine will begin to damage the cuticle(the outer most layer of hair), causing the hair to tangle, leaving it much more prone to breakage.  It also leaves a very gummy feeling on wet hair, and a straw like feeling on dry hair.  Chlorine will also cause colored hair to fade much faster than it should.
Calcium is also very common in most homes in the US.  A telltale sign of calcium would be those chalky white rings you see in your sinks and tubs.  A heavy content of this mineral will cause white flakes at the scalp and can build up possibly preventing future hair growth.
One of the minerals that is most visible in the hair is copper.  It is used in water to prevent algae.  It can also be from the pipes in your house.  A high copper content can cause blondes to get a greenish tint to their hair and can cause dark hair to look even darker.  This can cause problems when having your hair colored or any chemical service done.
Iron is a chemical most commonly found in well water.  Iron can cause a orangy or reddish tint on your hair and can also change the texture.  It is also known to cause split ends.
Ok so know that you know what may be in your water, let’s talk about what we can do about it.
I’m sure that some of you have heard to wash your hair with bottled water.  Let’s be honest, that can get a little pricy and not to mention can be a real pain.  So if you are still washing your hair with tap water, which most of us are, one thing you can do is use a clarifying shampoo once a week.
  Now for those of you that color your hair it is important to find the right shampoo because 90% of clarifying shampoos are not color safe.  I swear by the Pureology clarifying shampoo called Purify!  Not only is it color safe but it is sulfate free for those of you that get keratin treatments.  Purify will effectively remove minerals for your hair without disturbing your color.   When using a clarifying shampoo it is important to follow-up with a good conditioner.  I like to pair up Purify with Hydrate conditioner also made by Pureology.  They have two formulas, one for a more coarse texture and one for a more fine texture.
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Now for those of you that have extremely hard water and are noticing extreme dryness and/ or discoloration in your hair you might need to go a step further then just a clarifying shampoo.  There are treatments that we do in the salon that are designed to gently remove mineral build up.  A Pre Art treatment can be done once a month to cleanse your hair of all unwanted minerals.  It’s quick and easy and will make you feel like you have a new head of hair!  If you are suffering, or should I say if your hair is suffering from hard water be sure to ask your stylist about this treatment!  Hopefully this was helpful!
Happy Styling,
Jennifer Payne

About RIAH Hair Studio

How We Came to Be . . . RIAH Hair Studio In May 2011, the former Salon Rage of Southampton, Pennsylvania relocated to a new space and changed their name to RIAH Hair Studio. RIAH? (pronounced 'Rye-Ah') Yes, it's "hair" spelled in reverse. Donna originally established Salon RAGE in March 1999. The salon delivered comprehensive hair services to the surrounding communities. As a seasoned beauty industry professional for over 29 years, Donna believed in education, not only for her stylists, but for her clients as well. This prompted her to open this first salon where she could foster such a dynamic environment. After 10+ years in Southampton and a desire to move closer to her family, in 2011 she relocated her business to Furlong, Pennsylvania in the heart of Bucks County. Re-emerging as RIAH Hair Studio, Donna has created a modern, contemporary, urban loft design experience located on the corner of York Rd & Edison-Furlong Roads, at the Village Corner in Buckingham Township. RIAH Hair Studio is an intimate boutique salon that is relaxing, comfortable & social, providing the "Right Attitude" from the team resulting in a "Great Experience" for their clients. It's the "RAGE" she carefully develops to this day. The stylists are continually certified in the latest hair techniques (color, cut, design, styles, tools, products, and fashion trends). Their clients, female, male, young or mature, enjoy the benefits of this extensive training. Additionally, they are taught how to re-create and maintain their RIAH experience until the next appointment. It makes RIAH Hair Studio stand out as one of the most referred-to salons in Bucks County! When we have the opportunity to see you in our new space, we'll provide you with the "Right Attitude & Great Experience" as we have always strived to do. Happy Day! from Donna & the Team at RIAH Hair Studio View all posts by RIAH Hair Studio

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