As we travel about we find that our hair behaves and looks very differently. The reason behind this is how hard or soft the water is in that area.
Living in certain areas of the UK, you may find that hard water is having an adverse effect on your hair. If this is the case for you then fret not, because the team at Samuel Chapman salon are here to help you combat this!
What is hard water?
Hard water is water that is high in minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium (which can lead to limescale). Although hard water is not dangerous to your well being, it can cause serious problems to your hair and skin!
After multiple washes the high mineral content in hard water can cause a film to coat the hair which can prevent moisture from entering in. This can lead to your hair becoming dry, knotty and unmanageable. The hard water can also build up on the scalp giving an appearance of dandruff.
Do not worry as all is not lost! We have some tips on how to keep your hair looking beautiful and silky even if you live in a hard water area like us.
01. Lemon Rinse
We love to use lemon in our water (and a Gin & tonic) but it can also have a great effect on your hair and scalp. The acidity of lemons will remove residual minerals from the hair while also reducing the dullness. A lemon rinse can also prevent oily hair and help with scalp conditions like dandruff.
To make a lemon rinse, take one tablespoon of lemon juice and add three cups of water and mix well. Apply this rinse to your scalp and hair after shampooing, and let it sit for couple of minutes before rinsing off.
02. Water Softener
A water softener is an effective way to combat hard water, as it will remove the calcium and magnesium as well as other hard water minerals. This is the most expensive way to beat hard water, but if you are prone to eczema and other hard water related skin problems then this could be a solution to help you.
03. Shower Filter
Shower filters are a cheaper alternative to water softeners. They can reduce limescale, chlorine and other hard water metals. There are a wide variety of different shower filters to choose from that will fix to your shower head.
04. Clarifying Shampoo
We recommend using Davines Clarifying shampoo every fifth wash to remove any residue formed on your hair and scalp. It will not damage or strip the hair of essential nutrients thanks to its natural active ingredients, which deeply cleanse and instantly moisturise. Like our other Davines shampoos the Clarifying shampoo is sulphate and paraben free.
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