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Has your hair been looking or feeling dull and dryer than usual? You may be surprised that the problem could be with your shower and not your hair! “Hard water” has been known to affect hair’s moisture content and manageability, leading to breakage-prone strands. Thankfully, our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Kansas City, Kansas, understand the full effects of hard water and have detailed how you can counteract these effects to avoid damage. Learn more below!
Hard water contains dissolving compounds like calcium and magnesium and sometimes additional divalent and trivalent metallic elements. Compared to other “soft” water sources like rainwater or distilled water, hard water prevents soap from lathering, leading to buildup in sinks, bathtubs, faucets, and more. Because hard water affects soap’s ability to lather, it begins to hinder your ability to cleanse everything from your clothing to your hair!
While you shouldn’t fear hard water, as it isn’t harmful itself, there are some downsides when it comes to your hair and skin. Think about the crunchy texture of your hair after a day of swimming in the ocean—this stiff and crispy feeling is an exaggerated example of how hard water affects the hair as mineral residue clings to your strands while the water evaporates. When your hair is wet, the minerals found in hard water prevent moisture from penetrating the hair follicles, leading to duller, more breakage-prone hair! Additionally, a long-term buildup of minerals can cause your color to fade, your scalp to be dry and flaky, or irritate eczema-prone skin.
If you’re concerned that the water in your home is of the “hard” variety, worry not! Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Kansas City have detailed some quick and easy things you can do to protect your hair. The best method of repairing hair damage is to install a water softener in your home. If you aren’t ready to invest in a water softener, consider purchasing a new shower head that helps cut out the mineral mixtures affecting your hair. Don’t forget to use a clarifying shampoo and apply a nourishing hair mask at least twice a week to restore moisture and shine!
Whether you would like to visit our student salon within the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Kansas City or are interested in pursuing a career in hair, we want to talk to you! Contact our cosmetology school in Kansas City or one of our three other locations. We look forward to speaking with you!
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