Hair loss can have a negative effect on self-confidence and cause anxiety. Hairs circling the shower drain or clogging up your comb can spark worries about health. Not only that but, the way we choose to wear our hair is huge part of our own personal style and identity. That’s why if hair loss starts to become a problem it’s important to consider the possible causes.
Can Hard Water Lead to Hair Loss?
Hard water alone does not lead to hair loss. However as with many conditions, it exacerbates the problem. A study on male participants demonstrated that washing their hair with hard water significantly reduced hair strength. How this works is that the high mineral content in hard water results in oxidative damage to the hair structure. Through decreasing the strength of hair, hard water can increase hair breakage. If hair thinning is an issue, then it makes sense to avoid using hard water.
What can I do to Prevent Hair Loss?
Whilst, unfortunately losing your hair due to genetics is at the moment inevitable if hair loss runs in the family. However, there are ways to prevent hair thinning and breakage that may be due to other factors. Here are some hair loss helpers that may strengthen hair and give it the best chance of staying on your head.
Install a Water Filter
Tackle your hard water problem at its source and install a water filter. Aquatiere’s filter systems are designed to soften water and filter out contaminants. A shower filter ensures that you are not left with a drying, chalky mineral residue after rinsing your hair.
Wear a Swimming Cap
Chlorinated swimming pools can wreak havoc on your hair. Whilst a dip in the pool once or twice on holiday won’t leave any lasting damage, regular swimmers should invest in a good swimming cap to protect their hair. Chlorine strips your hair of its natural oils which your skin produces to protect each strand. Sea water is no kinder to your hair. The high salt content of sea water draws moisture out of your hair and scalp. Ensure that you moisturise your hair well after showering the salty water out of your locks.
Treating your hair to a clarifying shampoo once a week can break down mineral build up from hard water. Choose a sulphate and paraben free shampoo that will clean your hair without further subjecting it to chemical damage. Check out these clarifying shampoos for hard water.
After rinsing your hair in pure, softened water you might want to try a leave-in conditioner. Apply a leave-in conditioner product after towel drying or as directed on the packaging. Using a hair mask is another way to reintroduce moisture into dry or damaged hair.
Ditch the Dye
Bleach, dye and other chemicals damage hair over time. Bleach breaks down the hair proteins to remove the pigment leaving it lighter but significantly weaker. It’s recommended that you do not bleach your hair more often than every 2 months.
Studies have shown that this natural essential oil has hair growth properties. Massage rosemary oil, mixed with carrier oils such as almond or coconut oil, into your scalp at least twice a week for results. Rosemary oil is thought to improve circulation around the hair follicles promoting hair growth.
To ensure that your hair is in the best possible condition to prevent breakage, consider taking the steps above. Fitting a shower water filter is an ideal place to start, softening the hard water that comes out of your tap. For more information on how a shower water filter can help you, chat to our experts. They are here to help with your hard water hair care despairs!