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Water types and why you care

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The type of water we use to wash ourselves and our hair is something most of us don’t consider. Most of us don’t even realize that there are different types of water, what they mean, and how water itself is a factor in how we should care for our hair.

Hard Water, what is it?

The term "hard water" is used to describe water that has a high mineral content, and comes from the ground (no in-home filtration/water softener). Ground water is treated using chemicals such as chlorine to clean the water. The degree of hardness becomes greater as the mineral content increases. The term “hard water” was originally coined to refer to water that was difficult or hard to work with. Hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water; and the minerals in hard water can decrease soap’s lathering capabilities. Hard water makes it harder to wash your hair. Hard water tends to make the cuticle of your hair stand up, which makes your hair feel rough and tangly. Since your hair is tangled and rough, it is more difficult to rinse out all of the soap.

But I have a water softener... now what?

The term “Water Softeners” refers to a group of water treatment products whose main purpose is to reduce or eliminate hard water conditions on water with high levels of calcium, most commonly using a salt based system. They will not do anything other than remove multivalent mineral or metals from the water. Any micro-organisms, chemicals and most sediment present in the raw water will still be present after softening. As for your skin and hair, typical dry skin and hair is the result of chlorine in the water which will dry out your skin and hair.

Chlorine and Salt dry out hair! What can I do??

We obviously need to wash our hair and can’t do that without water, so there are a two big things we can do to prevent the drying effects of our water.

First, if you are washing every day, stop it. Unless you go out playing in mud, or you have been swimming, your hair does not require daily shampooing. If your hair gets oily quickly, try only using your conditioner about midshaft to ends. Avoiding the scalp entirely makes way for your natural oils to act as nature’s perfect conditioner without creating a greasy mess.

And second, invest in good shampoo. This is a big one. Consider your hair like an expensive car, you wouldn’t buy one and then put cheap oil in it. Not all shampoo is created equal, and there are some great ones and some awful ones. We recommend Pureology's Nano Works Shampoo and Conditioner. Nano Works features Zerosulfate Shampoos, advanced Restoring Micro- Emulsion Technology, Anti-AgeComplex of Green Tea, Sugar Cane, Citrus, Apple and Wine Extracts, and Conditioning Plant Extracts of Mushroom and Shea Butter. Also, Pureology's products are super concentrated, meaning you get way more bang for your buck.

If your hair gets oily quickly, try a good Dry Shampoo to help push off washing. If you do require washing frequently, and dry shampoo just doesn't cut it for you, try putting the length of your hair into a low ponytail and just washing the top


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