Hello Lovelies! I am very excited that we have a guest author this week. Hairstylist veteran turned author, Barb Quinn, has graciously joined our conversation. Organic color being extremely gentle will not eat through hard water deposits left on hair. Verde has several in-house options for dealing with it and here are some excellent options for home care.
Protecting Your Hair From Hard Water
Washing your hair with hard water can make your hair feel tangled and unmanageable. It also leaves behind mineral residue and makes it much more difficult to rinse out all of your shampoo and conditioner. The majority of the water we use is considered hard water so it would be difficult for you to avoid it all together but luckily there are several things you can do to protect your hair from the effects of hard water.
Add a filter to your shower head to help soften up your water and reduce the chance of getting buildup in your hair. Shower filters will help remove metal ions in the water which will make it much easier to rinse your hair out. Stop by your local hardware or Home Depot store to get a filter for about $20 that will fit your shower head. They are easy to install and they will make a huge difference.
Use shampoos that contain citric acid. They will help remove the metal ions from your hair rather than creating buildup. Any shampoos that have acidic ingredients can be somewhat harsh on your hair so it is important to keep your hair well conditioned. Use a deep conditioner at least once a week if you are using shampoos that contain acidic ingredients.
You can make rinses from products you have laying around the house that will help break up any residue and keep hair feeling clean. A vinegar rinse is a very popular choice for at-home rinses as it does a great job of removing any unnecessary buildup. Use cold water on your hair after using any rinse.
Clarifying shampoos are created for hair dilemmas just like this one. They are specially formulated to get hair squeaky clean and they work exceptionally well on women who have hair that tends to get oily. Work a clarifying shampoo into your roots and let it rinse through the rest of your hair as you don’t want to completely remove the natural oils from your hair. Clarifying shampoos can also be kind of tough on the hair so don’t use them more than once a week and make sure you are using lightweight conditioners to restore moisture to the hair.
Remember, most water that we use is considered “hard” so you don’t need to be overly concerned about the effects of hard water on your hair. Just take precautions, keep buildup to a minimum, and condition your hair regularly after treatments and your hair will stay in great shape.