If you live in a household with hard water, you know the tell-tale signs: The water tastes funny, soap won’t lather up in the shower and the blue jeans you wash are so stiff they can almost stand at attention and salute you. Unfortunately, your hair might be experiencing the worst damage of all. And – if you live with soft water, it doesn’t mean your locks have an automatic pass to some sort of salon-grade luster, either. Here, we'll discuss some of the most common problems that soft and hard water hair issues, and how you can fix them!
What Hard Water Does to Your Hair
Some hard water hair effects include the dulling of your hair’s appearance and your hair feeling heavy. For instance, calcium is plentiful in hard water and will block your shampoo's cleansing agents. This has the effect of leaving behind small mineral deposits that build up and weigh your hair down. Before long, the product build-up causes your hair to become dry, dull and brittle. Meanwhile, iron and magnesium deposits in hard water can create dry and brittle “hard water hair” loaded with split ends.
Does Hard Water Cause Dandruff?
Hard water hair abrasion won’t directly cause dandruff. However, it can decrease the effectiveness of shampoo, which, in turn, results in the oiliness and dead skin build-up that can lead to the dry flakes and red skin associated with dandruff. This condition can worsen once you add hair spray and other hair care products to the thick crust that’s forming on your scalp. And, depending on how bad your dandruff is, you may have to use special shampoos or topical antifungals to get the angry skin on your head back to normal
Hard Water and Hair Loss
Minerals such as calcium and magnesium in hard water produce a film on your hair, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. The film may even attract dirt, too. As a result, the hair is left dry and prone to breakage. Leaving these issues unresolved could even lead to hard water hair loss.
Soft Water Hair Problems
So how do hard water vs soft water hair problems compare? Well, soft water is not as damaging to your hair as hard water, but there are still some downsides. The first issue that can arise from soft water is dryness due to the lack of minerals in the water. In addition, it can leave behind a "waxy" residue that coats the hair shaft making it look greasy, dirty or lifeless, even when hair is clean. Soft water is also typically high in chlorine, which can cause damage such as a dry and itchy scalp.
How to Solve These Problems
To solve the hard or soft water hair problems, make sure you add a high-quality cleansing rinse and moisturizing masque to your routine. Also, make sure to use cold water for as much of your showering process as possible since warm or hot water strips away more minerals than it adds and leads to dryness.
Here are four ways to offset the soft or hard water hair effects and keep your hair at its beautiful, healthiest best.
Use Mounia Rinse to Clean Your Hair
Our Rinse uses Ionic Cleansing™ technology to gently clean hair using the natural magnetic attraction of positively-charged Rhassoul clay to negatively-charged dirt and impurities. Natural ingredients in Mounia Cleanse, such as aloe, will provide lasting hygiene and hydration. Other benefits it brings include rebalancing the scalp, gently removing build-up and impurities and softening your locks.
Nourish Your Hair with Mounia’s Luxurious Masque
If you want a more full-coverage solution, try using our Mounia Condition + Hydrate, as well! Our luxurious Masque uses Selective Hydration™ technology to fortify and strengthen the weakened cuticle layer of your hair. In addition, organic cumin and flaxseed oils restore moisture and hydration to scalp and hair, and superhero ingredients such as biotin help to replenish essential nutrients for long-term hair health. In a nutshell, Mounia Masque works hard to protect your tresses and provide extra focus on its damaged areas. Use Mounia Masque (once a week?) to offset the drying hard water effects.
Use Mounia Serum when Problems Persist
If problems persist, then consider switching over to Mounia Serum. Serum is made with plant-based ingredients such as fig extract, and it is infused with luxurious oils from Moroccan argan and prickly pear. Mounia Serum also coats each strand of hair to smooth cuticles, restoring hair’s natural protective barrier. Our serum is formulated to provide all-day protection to your hair and provide relief to those who suffer from dry scalp or itchy skin on the back of their heads.
Maintain it all with the Mounia Hair Care System
For the best results, no matter if you have hard or soft water, include the comprehensive approach of the Mounia Hair Care System as part of your new natural hair routine. Our proprietary repair technology that keeps your tresses in gorgeous shape is featured in every one of our products.
By combining the ancient Moroccan haircare techniques with modern technology, we’ve created the best science-backed haircare system to combat hair damage on the market. Free of parabens, sulfates, paraffin, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and artificial fragrances. In addition, all of our products are cruelty-free, vegan, color-safe and made from organic ingredients.
The Mounia Hare Care System includes:
- (0.3 fl/oz) two drop serum
- (11.5 oz) Rinse
- (11.5 oz) Masque Less
As you can see, you don’t need to resign yourself to the damage hard and soft water brings to your hair. For a high-quality and all-natural line of hair products that help your tresses stay in gorgeous shape, it pays dividends to turn to the Mounia Hair Care System. Rinse, Masque and Serum are all part of Mounia's Total Haircare System, and they combat hair and scalp damage due to hard or soft water (they combat damage that comes from all fronts, really).
All of Mounia's haircare products are cruelty-free, vegan, color-safe and made from organic ingredients. Plus, we leave out all the harsh substances you don't need, such as parabens, sulfates, paraffin, phthalates, synthetic dyes and artificial fragrances.