When I first moved to New York from Los Angeles, my hair underwent a transformation. It went from always having to be moisturized, to hydrated curls. It was amazing. I couldn’t figure out if it was the change in temperature, air, or my shower water. Ever since I discovered the difference between soft and hard water, I’ve been convinced that healthy hair is produced by good water.
What is soft water?
Soft water has a low concentration of minerals. The water here either doesn’t flow through any rocks or wells or the minerals have been filtered out.
What is hard water?
The exact opposite, hard water is water with a high concentration of minerals. As water flows through rivers, wells and streams, it can become hard. Don’t worry, it’s safe to bathe in and drink, it just isn’t that kind to your hair. It can cause color fading and texture issues.
How can you tell if your water is soft or hard?
The tricky thing is you can’t tell by looking at it. While you are showering, focus on your soap suds. If it’s hard to create suds and foam, you most likely have hard water. Hard water can also be seen through the buildup (limescale or calcification) around your faucets.
What is better for your hair?
Short answer: neither. The minerals in hard water can cause your hair to become brittle, damaged and dry. Worst, it can jeopardize your scalp health by becoming itchy and flaky. Whereas, soft water can make your hair greasy and limp. So what is the solution for healthy hair? A shower filter to filter out the heavy materials. Or invest in a clarifying shampoo and conditioner, and use it weekly or monthly, depending on the status of your strands. This will help to remove the minerals (iron, magnesium and copper) found in hard water.