Hard or Soft Water Damage: The Toll on Your Hair.

By April 12, 2024May 24th, 2024hair tips, products
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Understanding the impact of hard and soft water on your hair.

Let’s delve into the often overlooked yet significant effects of hard and soft water on hair health. This insightful article explores how the mineral content in hard water can strip hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness, brittleness, and lackluster appearance. We’ll also examine how soft water can flatten your hair or give it a greasy texture, making hair limp and lifeless, and what you can do at home to minimize the dangers of water to your haircare routine.

In this article we are going to discuss:

  1. Dangers of hard water for hair and skin.
  2. Is soft water ideal for your hair?
  3. How do you know if you have hard water?
  4. Is Boston water soft or hard?
  5. How can I protect my hair from hard or soft water?
  6. Purchasing the right shower filter for healthy hair.

Dangers of hard water for hair and skin.

Hard water, while seemingly innocuous, can pose significant dangers to the health and appearance of your hair. Laden with high concentrations of minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium, hard water can leave behind mineral deposits that build up on the scalp and hair strands over time. These deposits create a barrier that blocks moisture from penetrating the hair shaft, leading to dry, brittle strands that are prone to breakage and split ends. Additionally, the alkaline nature of hard water can disrupt the natural pH balance of the scalp, causing irritation, inflammation, and even exacerbating conditions like dandruff and eczema.

Furthermore, the mineral buildup from hard water can interfere with the effectiveness of haircare products, rendering them less efficient in cleansing and conditioning the hair. This can result in a lackluster appearance, with hair feeling weighed down and appearing dull and lifeless. Over time, the cumulative effects of hard water exposure can lead to significant damage to your hair, making it essential to take proactive measures to mitigate its impact.

Does that make soft water ideal for your hair?

While soft water is generally preferred for its lack of mineral content, it can also present some dangers for your hair and skin health. The main concern of soft water – the potential to leave a residue on your skin and scalp. Without the minerals found in hard water to help rinse away oils and impurities, soft water is far more gentle and may not effectively cleanse the skin, leading to a buildup that can clog pores and contribute to acne or other skin issues. Additionally, the absence of minerals in soft water can alter the natural pH balance of the skin, potentially causing irritation or dryness, especially for individuals with sensitive skin.

Soft water can pose even bigger challenges for your hair. The lack of minerals means that soft water doesn’t provide the same level of nourishment and protection to the hair shaft as hard water does. As a result, hair washed in soft water may feel limp, lackluster, and prone to tangling, and make it more difficult for hair to hold styles or retain moisture, leading to frizziness and increased susceptibility to damage from heat styling or environmental factors.

Soft water may offer some benefits, it’s important to be aware of its potential drawbacks and take steps to address them through appropriate hair and skincare routines, which we’ll dive into later in the post.

How do you know if you have hard water?

Roughly 85% of households across the United States encounter the challenges posed by hard water, while even areas seemingly spared still grapple with the presence of detrimental chemicals and minerals. To ensure the health and vitality of your hair, scalp, and skin, it’s imperative to assess your water quality. Our comprehensive solution, the Malibu C Water Testing Kit, offers a thorough examination that includes:

  • One Water Hardness/Softness Test Strip
  • One Vial Chlorine indicator
  • Easy Step-by-Step Testing Instructions for effortless evaluation
  • Water Analysis Guide to interpret results effectively
  • One FREE Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Treatment

The free Malibu C Hard Water Treatment that comes as a bonus with each Malibu C Water Testing Kit, is a revolutionary solution designed to combat the adverse effects of hard water on hair and skin. Formulated with a blend of nourishing ingredients, including antioxidant vitamin C, this treatment effectively removes mineral buildup and impurities caused by hard water, restoring hair’s natural shine and softness.

Its gentle yet powerful formula also helps to soothe irritated scalp, leaving it refreshed and rejuvenated. Whether you’re dealing with dull, lifeless hair, the Malibu C Hard Water Treatment offers a holistic approach to water wellness, promoting healthier, more vibrant hair with each use.

Is Boston water soft or hard?

Massachusetts has an average water hardness of 10 PPM which is soft by USGS measures. Boston, the largest city in Massachusetts by population, has a water hardness level of 8 parts per million (PPM), which classifies it as soft water.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) supplies drinking water to over 50 communities across the state, and while some of these communities receive their entire water supply from the MWRA, others are only partially serviced and are part of the Chicopee Valley Aqueduct system. For detailed information about the source and treatment of the water in your specific city or town, refer to the MWRA’s Annual Water Quality Report.

This report provides comprehensive insights into water quality, treatment processes, and distribution specifics for each serviced area.  While lead is not found in MWRA source waters, lead can be found in the plumbing inside some homes and businesses.  Lead in household plumbing can dissolve into drinking water when it sits in the pipes for several hours.  A lead-certified filter will remove lead.

How can I protect my hair from hard or soft water?

In our salon, we offer two effective take-home solutions to combat the challenges of hard water: the Malibu C Hard Water Treatment and the AquaBliss HD Multi-Stage Shower Filter (SF500).

The Malibu C Hard Water Treatment is a specially formulated product that effectively eliminates mineral buildup and impurities caused by hard water, restoring hair’s natural shine and softness while soothing the scalp.

On the other hand, the AquaBliss HD Multi-Stage Shower Filter (SF500) is a comprehensive filtration system designed to purify water directly at the source. With its advanced multi-stage filtration process, this shower filter effectively removes chlorine, heavy metals, and other harmful contaminants, resulting in healthier, softer hair and skin.

Both solutions offer salon-quality results, ensuring that our clients can enjoy the benefits of purified water for their hair and skin care routines.

Purchasing the right shower filter for healthy hair.

The AquaBliss HD Multi-Stage Shower Filter (SF500) is a game-changer in the realm of hard water shower filtration, offering a myriad of benefits for both your hair and skin. With multi-stage filtration technology, this innovative shower filter effectively removes impurities and contaminants from water, including chlorine, heavy metals, and sediment. By reducing the presence of these harmful substances, the SF500 helps to protect your hair and skin from long-term damage and irritation, resulting in softer, smoother, and healthier-looking locks and complexion.

Additionally, this shower filter features a unique blend of activated carbon, KDF-55, and calcium sulfite, which not only purifies water but also balances pH levels, promoting optimal hydration and moisture retention for your hair and skin. With easy installation and long-lasting filter cartridges, the AquaBliss HD Multi-Stage Shower Filter (SF500) is a must-have addition to any bathroom, providing you with a refreshing and rejuvenating shower experience every time. They are available in three color choices: Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

And if you have soft water, our recommendation is the AquaBliss HD Revitalizing Shower Filter SF400. Not only does it purify water by removing harmful contaminants like chlorine, heavy metals, and bacteria, it also infuses your water with beneficial vitamins and minerals, offering comprehensive care for your skin and hair.

Its advanced multi-stage filtration system effectively reduces skin irritation and dryness, while preventing damage to hair, resulting in softer, shinier locks and smoother, more hydrated skin. Unlike the SF500 model, the SF400 filter enhances the shower experience by adding vitamins C and E, known for their antioxidant properties, which help nourish and protect the skin from environmental damage, as well as Zeolite Magnetic Energy beads that help to revitalize hair, skin, and nails. The filter also releases beneficial minerals, which can improve skin elasticity and hair strength, promoting overall health and well-being.

Both of these filters and replacement cartridges are available on our retail shelves and our expert staff will guide you through the benefits of the different AquaBliss shower filters, ensuring you make an informed decision that aligns with your beauty and wellness goals.

Can’t make it to our Boston salon? No problem! The AquaBliss HD Multi-Stage Shower Filter (SF500) with its Multi-Stage Shower Filter Replacement Cartridge (SFC500), and the AquaBliss HD Revitalizing Shower Filter (SF400) with its Revitalizing Shower Filter Replacement Cartridge (SFC400), are all available for purchase online through our affiliate link, allowing you to conveniently order from the comfort of your own home. With just a few clicks, you can have this transformative shower filter delivered right to your doorstep, ensuring you never compromise on the quality of your hair and skin care routine.