When water contains a high amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium, it is known as hard water. Hard water can lead to buildup in sinks, showers, tubs, and faucets. In fact, these minerals are so common that 85% of American homes have hard water. Additionally, hard water is not great for your gorgeous red hair. Hard water minerals reduce the effectiveness of things like shampoo and conditioner which may prevent your hair from receiving the moisture it needs.
Those who have hard water in their homes often suffer from dry, itchy scalps and dandruff as well as breakage, thinning, and dullness in their hair. If you have hard water, don’t worry there are a few things you can do to keep your red hair healthy.
Do a vinegar rinse
Doing a vinegar rinse can help to lower the pH of the hair and cleanse the scalp to reduce build-up. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great option for this. You can make a DIY vinegar rinse. Combined (preferably) filtered water with ACV: ~2 tbsp ACV : 1c water. The acetic acid in ACV removes product build-up and even treats dandruff, leaving your red hair healthy and gorgeous.
Use a clarifying shampoo
A good way to remove the build-up from your hair is with a clarifying shampoo. Use it once a week to keep hair fresh and free of buildup. Since the clarifying shampoo will be stripping your hair, it’s important to make sure you use a moisturizing conditioner or leave-in treatment as well.
Restoring the moisture in your hair is a must, so use a leave-in deep conditioner or hydrating treatment on a regular basis. Opt for something with a low pH that helps lock the moisture in the hair shaft and keeps it nice and hydrated.
Get a water softener
The best way to reduce hard water damage is to get a water softener. You can install a shower head that will filter the water so the minerals are removed by the time it reaches your hair. Alternatively, you can install a water softening system for your whole home. This option will be much pricier but will solve the issue for all bathrooms and sinks.
Rock it like a Redhead!