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Hard Water Hair Care

If you live in an area with hard water, you've likely noticed its effects on your hair. Hard water is rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium and can make hair care a bit of a challenge. But don’t worry! With the right tips and tricks, you can maintain healthy, beautiful hair even in hard water environments.


Understanding Hard Water and Its Impact on Hair


What is Hard Water?

Hard water contains high levels of dissolved minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. These minerals can build up on your hair over time, leading to a variety of issues. Now, if you discover that you have hard water, don’t freak out! It’s annoying, but not really dangerous. The fact is, over 85% of the U.S. has hard water! 


Effects on Hair:

  1. Dryness and Brittle Texture: The minerals in hard water can strip moisture from your hair, leaving it dry and brittle.

  2. Dullness: Mineral buildup can make hair look dull and lifeless.

  3. Tangles and Breakage: Hard water can make hair more prone to tangles and breakage.

  4. Scalp Issues: It can cause scalp conditions like dryness, flakiness, and itchiness.

  5. Discoloration: Hard water can cause hair discoloration, especially in light-colored hair, leading to unwanted brassy or greenish tones.


How Can I Tell If I Have Hard Water At Home?


Aside from signs on your hair, hard water minerals might cause:

  • Dry, itchy skin

  • Faded, scratchy, rough-feeling clothes

  • There are physical signs all around your house::

  • Mineral buildup around water fixtures

  • Soap residue in the bathtub and shower

  • A ring of color around water in the toilet

  • Spots on dishes and glasses



Tips for Hair Care in Hard Water Areas


  • Use a Clarifying Shampoo:

Clarifying shampoos are designed to remove mineral buildup from your hair. Look for products with ingredients like EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) which bind to the minerals and wash them away.


  • Hair Remedy Packets:

Consider using a hair remedy packet when horrendous hard water gives your hair a truly tough time. We recommend a Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Remedy that will remove mineral buildup to reveal healthier, shinier, and more vibrant hair.


  • Deep Conditioning Treatments:

Regular deep conditioning can help replenish moisture and repair damage caused by hard water. Use a deep conditioner or hair mask once a week to keep your hair hydrated and healthy.


  • Soft Water Shower Head:

Installing a shower head filter can reduce the amount of minerals in the water. Look for filters specifically designed to soften water by removing calcium and magnesium.


At Sierra & Sage, we designed a 15-Stage Shower Filter that says goodbye to brittle, quick-to-fade, brassy hair. It installs quickly and easily on any standard 1/2" threaded shower arm (the universal size in the U.S.).





  • Leave-In Conditioner:

Applying a leave-in conditioner can help protect your hair from the drying effects of hard water. It adds an extra layer of moisture and helps keep your hair manageable.


  • Avoid Over-Washing:

 Washing your hair too frequently can strip away natural oils and exacerbate dryness. Try to wash your hair 2-3 times a week, depending on your hair type and needs.


  • Use An Oil Regularly:

Purchasing a professional oil product can help protect and nourish your hair. Apply a small amount to the ends of your hair to combat dryness and add shine.


Final Thoughts


Living in a hard water area doesn't mean you have to seal your fate with bad hair days. With a bit of extra care and the right products, you can maintain healthy, beautiful hair. Experiment with different treatments and find what works best for your hair type. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to your routine and you'll see improvements over time. 


Taking these steps will help you navigate the challenges of hard water, ensuring that your hair remains strong, shiny, and resilient. Happy hair care!


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