What’s going on with my hair?
If you’re anything like me, you have a small bag of hair care products under your bathroom sink. This is the arsenal you throw in your suitcase and take with you when you travel.
And you’ve also probably noticed that the very same products you use at home sometimes perform differently when you’re in a different shower.
That’s because water varies so much from place to place.
And while there are several things that can contribute to your hair’s overall appearance and manageability — the most common is hard water.
If you have filmy, white minerals on your shower head, and if you’ve noticed hard-to-clean soap scum, then congratulations! 🙂 You’ve got hard water.
The phrase hard water refers to high levels of certain minerals in the water. And these minerals can affect both the color and texture of your hair. For example, your hair might be dryer and can become almost frizzy or even stuck flat to your head with no lift or body. Color may fade quicker or begin to look “brassy.” In most cases, this is due to an excess of mineral build-up.
Now having said that, you may think I’m going to put up a case for hard water, right?
While soft water is good for a lot of things. It can also affect your hair in a negative way.
Now, I will admit, soft water will probably pose fewer negative side effects over hard water. But most of those are easy to work around. The biggest of these being: with soft water, it can take longer to get the shampoo or styling products out.
And if you don’t get that stuff out regularly, the build up can look greasy or oily. Obviously, the solution is to wash a little bit more carefully.
But what if you’re on City water?
If you are on a city water system (as opposed to well water), you’re probably thinking you don’t have to worry about whether your water is hard or soft.
But in reality, it’s just the opposite.
City systems are not only prone to high mineral content, but you’ll often have have added chemicals like chlorine to contend with.
Chlorine is a very common method of treatment. And it’s one most of us are familiar with. And it’s, um, …side effects. If you are blonde and ever spent much time at a pool as a kid, you know what I’m talking about. That lovely green sheen looks good in your yard, but less good in your hair.
But beyond the color, chlorine can also damage the hair cuticle and its proteins. Active chlorine can make wet hair feel gummy, and it can make dry hair feel like straw.
Chlorine is very common. But you’ll also find other minerals, like copper, iron, manganese, silica, and lead. These can all have a negative, unhealthy impact on your hair as well.
So, what’s the solution?
Most hair professionals will tell you to use a clarifying product at least monthly. Maybe switch your shampoo or conditioner to a more natural (read: more expensive) product line. Or to even try a detoxifying product.
Their recommendations make sense… to a degree. They’re solving the problem the only way they can. By adding, changing, or removing products.
But what if the root problem (see what I did there) isn’t the product but the water?
It’s an easy test. The same way I started out this post: if you keep all the same products but just change the water supply and all of a sudden, your hair isn’t behaving like it normally does, then there’s a pretty good chance, it’s not your products, but your water.
And if your hair — which is fairly robust — is having this kind of trouble from your water, what about everything else? That staining in your sinks and toilets. Or a white scale build-up on your faucets, and that foggy stuff on you stemware.
Shampoos won’t fix those problem.
So you’d better load up on all those harsh chemicals, rubber gloves, and extra scrub brushes.
at this point, wouldn’t it just be easiest to eliminate the problem at the source?
I’m talking about your water supply.
Some people don’t even consider this option, thinking it’s out of reach. But at Cascadian, we’ve worked hard to make it not only easy — but easier.
With a Cascadian whole house water treatment system you can treat a multitude of issues that affect your hair, skin, and of course your home, both simply and affordably.
Simply visit our website at www.cascadianwater.com to learn more about our whole house Integrated Cartridge Systems.