Have you ever heard of hard water? It's pretty common in many parts of the country and could also be prevalent in your city. India faces a widespread issue of hard water, where numerous regions have a high concentration of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium in their water supply. The Indian Council of Medical Research has reported that over 70% of the country's water sources are affected by hard water, and some areas even have exceptionally high levels of hardness.
If you've been noticing that your hair is thinning or falling out more than usual, hard water could be one of the reasons. In this blog, we're going to dig into the causes and effects of hair loss due to hard water and answer some of the frequently asked questions.
How do you identify hard water?
If you suspect you have hard water, here are a few things to consider. Firstly, check if you have white, crusty mineral deposits around your shower heads, bathroom tiles or faucets. This is caused by the minerals in hard water reacting with soap to form a sticky residue. The same goes for kitchenware - even after washing and drying, dishes, glasses, and silverware can have spots or streaks left behind by hard water. Secondly, observe if your water takes longer to create suds when washing your hands or dishes. These are common indications that your water may be hard.
How does hard water cause hair fall and breakage?
The minerals and salts present in hard water can accumulate on our scalp and obstruct hair follicles, inhibiting new hair growth and resulting in hair thinning and increased hair fall. Besides, the minerals and salts can also disturb the scalp's natural oil balance, leading to dryness and brittle texture, causing hair breakage.
How can you prevent and treat hair loss due to hard water?
Change your hair care products! Use a chelating shampoo that is specifically designed to remove mineral deposits from your hair caused by hard water. They contain chelating agents that can bind to the metal ions in your hair and remove them gently. For instance, the iluvia Hard Water Shampoo contains naturally sourced chelating agents and is formulated to remove buildup from the hair and scalp and prevent hard water damage. Moreover, its advanced water-soluble silicones can neutralise the charge on your hair, preventing the further buildup of minerals. With this shampoo, you’re likely to notice results from the very first use and also experience relief from flaking and itching.
Can hard water damage be reversed?
Yes, hard water damage can be reversed. And, no, it doesn’t require excessive hair treatment. Using a combination of the Hard Water Shampoo and the Squalene Restorative Conditioner is key. The conditioner is formulated with plant-based olive Squalene to enhance your hair's elasticity and strength, resulting in a softer and stronger texture without any stubborn silicone buildup. The olive Squalene oil in the conditioner helps reduce hair breakage, while the anti-static properties of Pure moroccan argan oil minimise frizz.
Are there any extra preventive measures apart from using the right shampoo and conditioner?
You can invest in a hair serum. Hair serums typically consist of oils that can counteract the drying effects of hard water and aid in revitalising the softness and luster of hair. We recommend iluvia’s Intensive Hair Care Serum, designed to shield hair from the detrimental effects of hard water, chemical treatments and heat treatments. This serum features a blend of moroccan argan oil, olive squalene oil, and baobab seed oil, which work together to repair the hair's lipid barrier, detangle knots, reduce frizz and promote shine.
Hard water damage can cause excessive hair loss if left untreated for a long time. Therefore, addressing this issue with hair care products that can help is important. For a comprehensive hair care solution, choose iluvia's Complete Professional System, which consists of the Hard Water Shampoo, Squalene Restorative Conditioner, and the Intensive Hair Care Liquid. With this regimen, you can rest easy knowing that your hair will be healthy, happy and completely free from hard water damage!
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